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How can new Wireless LAN (WLAN) technologies and standards benefit your business?

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By Bob Olsen - Senior Solutions Architect

Companies and organizations once provided wireless network connectivity (Wi-Fi / WLAN) as a secondary option for users to connect to corporate networks. Today, enterprise networks typically provide Wi-Fi infrastructure as a standard and/or primary network connectivity option for end-users and the ever-increasing number of Internet of Things (IoT) devices.  As a result, IT organizations are faced with the following challenges:

  • Security of devices that connect to corporate wireless networks

  • Scalability to accommodate increased demand from users and devices (IoT)

  • Management of users, devices, and traffic that run on these networks

Modern wireless network solutions have new capabilities that can help improve security, scalability, and management of your network. Below are a few ways that current wireless infrastructure solutions can help:

  • Current and developing wireless standards, including Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), address high density and performance challenges while providing faster throughput.  Future developments, such as the integration of the 6-GHz bands, will quadruple the amount of RF spectrum available for devices to wirelessly communicate.

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Machine Learning (ML) capabilities are being developed by vendors to facilitate increased intelligence and automation.  Customers can leverage automation features to improve the availability, performance, and security of their networks.

  • Single-pane-of-glass management for both wired and wireless (access layer) networks.  IT organizations are no longer looking at wired and wireless network infrastructures as separate entities - they are looking at the access layer as a whole.  A single, unified management portal can dramatically improve an IT organization’s ability to provide consistent, secure network access regardless of how users and devices connect.

  • Security features, such as access control, device fingerprinting, and traffic encryption provide IT organizations the ability to identify and segment user and device traffic from production or sensitive areas of the network

IT organizations today are being asked to address increased demand while ensuring the security of the data and resources on their network. To help organizations meet these challenges, BlueAlly provides solutions, expertise, and strategy to allow our partners to focus on innovation within their business. Contact your BlueAlly Account Manager or email us at reach@blueally.com to discover ways that we can help!