Gartner Wireless & Mobile Summit… In Review (Part #1 of 2)
I was able to get a copy from a couple of the applicable sessions delivered at Gartner’s Mobile and Wireless Summit this past week. However, I didn’t attend in person – see my rant “Can IT Vendors be Objective?”
The first session I reviewed is entitled “The Next Generation WLAN: Time to Throw Out the Rule Book?” It was delivered by Michael King and Timothy Zimmerman, who as you may know, create the Gartner Magic Quadrant for WLAN Infrastructure.
For me, here are the most interesting observations:
- The presentation starts off saying that 802.11n networks are faster, cheaper, and better managed than the wired infrastructure deployed in most enterprises today. Additionally, they said WLANs are more secure and more reliable.
- The speakers predicted that 70% of new access layer switch ports will be WLANs within the next three to five years.
- In the notes to the slide containing the Gartner “Magic” Quadrant was the following advice: “To evaluate vendors is the leader’s quadrant and ignore those in other quadrants is risky, and thus discouraged.”
- There were two excellent points in the action plan (conclusion):
- For near future, there is not a dominant architecture for wireless offices. Enterprises should standardize networks on a few device models to keep support cost down.
- Enterprises should align networking investments to an all-wireless office, plan for the deployments in the next 12 to 24 months.
Personally, I think the authors hit a home-run with this presentation. The points above really hammered home the need for an all wireless enterprise with fewer devices. What do you think the wireless landscape will look like in the next three to five years? What do you see as the prevailing WLAN architecture?
Part #2 of 2 will focus on a presentation given by Nick Jones, Jackie Fenn, and Monica Basso entitled “Online Society 2020”.