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October 2013 / Vol 4 / No.5

Application visibility and control tools emerge for the wireless world

There are more than 900,000 apps available in in Apple's App Store and you couldn't blame Gregg Chottiner for thinking that at some point, users on his wireless network were trying to access every last one of them. Chottiner, vice president of information technology and chief information officer at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), manages a network that serves more than 10,000 students, as well as thousands of other users at FIT's Manhattan campus. "My goal is simple," Chottiner said. "To provide an enterprise-class experience to students, faculty and visitors." Until earlier this year, however, FIT's Wi-Fi service was far more Wal-Mart than haute couture. Students, faculty and visitors alike complained about slow connectivity speeds and spotty service that was exacerbated by the school's urban location. Groups renting out FIT facilities for events were equally frustrated because the school didn't have the capacity or management capabilities to easily provision Wi-Fi connectivity as needed. That all changed when FIT ...

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