Organizations are increasingly dependent on high-speed, high-capacity wireless networks to provide users with access to applications, services, and data. However, deploying, managing, and scaling these networks has become a significant burden as Wi-Fi traffic has surged to record levels over the past two years.
Analysts say Wi-Fi traffic has increased by up to 80 percent since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, placing greater demands on wireless networks. There have been increased reports of dropped connections, slow downloads, increased interference, and bandwidth restrictions. In one survey, network administrators reported spending roughly a quarter of their time troubleshooting Wi-Fi issues.
Issues are particularly acute in organizations that are still using older Wi-Fi equipment based on legacy standards. They need a more flexible solution that can accommodate sudden increases in traffic and deliver service to growing numbers of locations, users, and devices. Cloud-managed Wi-Fi fits the bill.
By eliminating the need for on-premises controllers, cloud-managed Wi-Fi makes it easier to deploy and manage Wi-Fi networks. Virtual controllers placed in the cloud can be managed from a web-based dashboard, allowing administrators to control the entire wireless network from one interface. That feature alone represents a major benefit for organizations with multiple sites.
IDC reports that cloud-managed Wi-Fi is growing at double-digit rates year-over-year, making it the fastest-growing segment of the Wi-Fi infrastructure market. That’s largely due to the multitude of operational and cost benefits it can deliver. These benefits include:
Increasing users and devices have placed a strain on existing Wi-Fi infrastructure. Cloud-managed Wi-Fi solutions offer a variety of benefits to help organizations cope with increased demand. Call us to learn more about these solutions and how they can help your organization improve the user experience.
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