Here are our Ruckus Wireless perspectives-our predictions for Wi-Fi in 2015.
1. 2015 will be the year of 802.11ac. Now that the consumer market and handhelds with 802.11ac technology are common, enterprises, workplaces, organizations and schools are rushing to support it. The adoption of consumer 802.11ac smart devices combined with the continued growth of BYOD is forcing organizations to migrate to 11ac-supported Wi-Fi infrastructure sooner rather than later.
2. Monetizing the WLAN has traditionally meant charging for WLAN usage. Today, organizations have the option to add services such as analytics, location, advertising, and marketing as new forms of monetization. These services can greatly benefit the organization or business to better understand basic things such as WLAN trends, customer movement, and demographics. We will see continued growth of these new ways to monetize Wi-Fi infrastructure investments in 2015.
3. The never-ending drive to cut costs in Data Centers by reducing real estate and facilities expenses continues to drive the demand for virtualization. For wireless, virtualization provides another level of resiliency that is tied into the Data Center high availability model. Virtualization also lowers the CAPEX for many technologies, which opens the doors for managed services.
4. The cloud will continue to provide Value Added Resellers (VARs) with easy-to-deploy services to customers that prefer 'wireless as a service.' Small businesses will be able to receive enterprise technology such as location-based services (LBS) and secure guest access.
5. Hotspot 2.0 based technology (e.g., Passpoint) will continue to be adopted by vertical markets that provide public Wi-Fi access such as hospitality and transportation, as well as general enterprises. With Hotspot 2.0, more and more customers will be able to seamlessly and securely roam on Wi-Fi networks.
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