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Unified network management planning: Integrating wired and wireless
This article is part of the Network Evolution issue of April 2011 Vol. 2, No. 2
Since its inception, enterprise wireless LAN has functioned as an overlay network on top of wired networks. As a result, the platforms for wired and wireless network management have evolved separately, usually with separate teams working in each environment rather than a unified network management solution. Now enterprises are beginning to deploy wireless networks more widely and adopting them as the primary access layer. Wireless ubiquity is forcing enterprise networking teams to find ways to consolidate capital expenditures and simplify operations by treating the Ethernet and wireless LAN networks as a single unified network infrastructure with an integrated management platform. Enterprises have several options for pursuing unified wired and wireless network management. The path they choose will depend on the network infrastructure they already have, how users connect to the network and IT’s willingness to embrace new paradigms such as cloud computing. Absorbing a unified wired and wireless network management solution Some ...
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