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The Impact of IoT on Enterprise Wi-Fi

by AirTightTeam on Oct 22, 2014

Choose your wireless network carefully. Cloud and APs are not all created equal.

Clearly we’re not in Kansas anymore … According to IDC, the growing global Internet of Things (IoT) market is on course to hit $7.1 trillion by 2020. With the rapid rise of connected devices in the IoT landscape there is growing concern about elevated security risks associated with the sheer volume of new devices coming online.

Video: Pravin Bhagwat (AirTight CTO) asks Rohit Mehra (VP Network Infrastructure at IDC) about 802.11ac adoptions trends. click-to-tweet

More on IoT at ZDnet.com.

Watch out for the Flying Monkeys!

The design of your wireless LAN (WLAN) must plan for IoT capacity and network traffic, as well as optimal secure coverage across your site. Tracking and monitoring devices on your network as well as devices around your network are important considerations of WLAN design. Choosing the right cloud solution is imperative as the wrong solution will quickly create two scalability challenges:

  1. system scalability and
  2. operational scalability.

System Scalability involves the ability to monitor many devices, store and process their data in the cloud whereas operational scalability focuses on minimizing false alarms resulting from the exponentially increasing volume of devices on your wireless network.

 

Half of Holiday Shoppers Say They'll Avoid Stores That Got Hacked | by Gerry F Smith via Huffington Tech.

Lions, Tigers and Bears

Cloud Wi-Fi is a great choice to consider when planning your wireless network’s ability to handle the coming tidal wave of IoT devices. On the road to an IoT future your focus should be on how your wireless network offers simplicity, scalability and security.

Simplicity,

Scalability, and

Security.

Oh my!

The Cloud provides an optimal architecture for managing scalability especially in a large distributed environment where IT staffing can be limited. A Cloud solution also offers efficiency because all of the data does not have to be tunneled through a central controller. This translates into increased performance.


Wi-Fi as a Platform

Video: Rohit Mehra (VP Network Infrastructure at IDC) asks Hemant Chaskar (VP Technology and Innovation at AirTight) about CIO considerations for when and how to upgrade to an 802.11ac infrastructure. click-to-tweet

A good cloud solution must provide speed, efficiency, and be secure. It should also offer value by providing user engagement capabilities that allow innovative new value added services for your business through the Wi-Fi platform.

More-itization

New aspects of wireless LAN technology that were not anticipated will be fueling the growth of Enterprise wireless LAN over the next 5 years. There have been two surprising developments aside from the predictable evolution of speed, the first was detecting and preventing attacks on the WLAN. The second unexpected development of the Enterprise WLAN has come from the reverse of the technology that keeps it secure and now using it to allow engagement into the network. This is especially relevant in markets such as retail, hospitality, healthcare and even public venues.

Video: Rohit Mehra (VP Network Infrastructure at IDC) questions Hemant Chaskar (VP Technology and Innovation at AirTight) and Pravin Bhawat (AirTight CTO) about "monetization" and "more-itization" of Wi-Fi. click-to-tweet

Click-to-tweet: Within the next 5 years we will see more new ideas and creativity that will continue to evolve the “more-tization” of Wi-Fi. Hemant Chaskar @CHemantC

Planning for the Future

In the end, make sure whatever WLAN you choose gives you the ability to provide an instantaneous, positive user experience that will meet the expectations of your business and customers, without compromising your security.

Choose your wireless network carefully. Cloud and APs are not all created equal.

AirTight can help you plan for IoT capacity and network traffic, as well as optimal secure coverage across your site.

 

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Topics: Wireless security, WiFi, WLAN networks, Security and WIPS, Mobile device management, PCI, WLAN planning, Cloud, 802.11ac, WiFi Access