As mobility, bring-your-own-device (BYOD) and virtualization grow in popularity, the networking market is fluctuating. Though the sale of switches and servers has decreased, wireless local area network (LAN) devices sales have gone up, according to a recent study by IDC. Businesses are beginning to recognize the advantages of a wireless, mobile work environment, and are embracing the technology and infrastructure needed to support it.
According to Channelnomics, this change shouldn't be a surprise to many, as other organizations like the Dell'Oro Group have also extolled a shift in business computing trends. The IDC study shows that the global enterprise WLAN market grew almost 25 percent year over year in the second quarter of 2012, with annual growth of more than 20 percent. Researchers with the group attribute this massive increase, which occurred during an otherwise "downtime" period for hardware, to the adoption of BYOD solutions.
"While the momentum with BYOD continues unabated, the market got an additional boost from the education segment buying season and that is reflected in the second quarter results," said Rohit Mehra, director of Enterprise Communications Infrastructure at IDC. "Along with the increasing use of Wi-Fi by service providers to offload cellular data traffic, current market drivers in key enterprise verticals such as education will ensure the market for enterprise-class WLAN devices and solutions will see continued traction, and that the market is expected to stay vibrant for the foreseeable future."
While businesses may be greatly increasing their adoption of wireless technology to support BYOD, they also need to ensure that access from mobile devices to enterprise applications, virtual desktops and data, is secure, reliable and efficient. Businesses can adopt a clientless, HTML5 RDP client to promote BYOD without putting data, applications or company-owned systems at risk due to employee error. Through virtualization and remote access, a business can provide users with simple, browser-based access to data and applications that are hosted on company servers, rather than on the devices themselves, reducing risk should the device become lost, stolen or abused.
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