Wireless LAN Virtualization:Twice the Network at Half the Cost

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Executive Summary

Creating networks that can run business-critical applications is one of the core focuses of the enterprise IT department. This has traditionally meant wired Ethernet, with wireless often seen as an afterthought for convenience rather than the network of choice. But as aging wired infrastructure approaches its next expensive refresh cycle and users demand mobility IT departments are looking for an alternative. In uncertain economic times, a networking technology that radically cuts per-port costs and eliminates most cabling would seem to be ideal. Wireless LANs provide that answer. With the introduction of 802.lln, WLAN radio data rates of 300Mbps and peak throughput not too far behind have propelled the speed of wireless networks past wired Ethernet.

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