With the rise of BYOD, there is an increasing need for wireless networks. This spells good news for companies as wireless networks require a smaller capital investment to roll out as compared to wired networks.
Wireless networks are also cheaper to operate as they are easier to manage, provide unified access and require less power and cooling.
"When comparing a traditional wired network deployment supporting 100 users to a wireless network of the same size, the reduction in physical hardware — LAN switches, discrete wireless LAN controller and cabling — makes the wireless network up to 50 percent less expensive. In addition to the capital savings, the operation and management of this user environment is also reduced," said Raoul Tecala, Dimension Data's business development director for network integration.
According Dimension Data's 2013 Network Barometer Report, most campus networks consist of approximately 80 percent wired ports serving individual users, and 20 percent wireless LAN (WLAN) ports supporting multiple users.
While organisations are not yet upgrading their networks for enterprise mobility and BYOD environments, they will inevitably have to do so to accommodate the new structure of future networks (wireless) and the cost savings that this brings.
Tecala advised organisations to plan and budget more architecturally rather than reactively when refreshing networks.
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