(Editor's Note: This article refers to a video interview shot at Interop (News - Alert) 2010. To view TMCnet's entire library of videos from Interop and other industry shows, demonstrations and interviews in our in-house studio, visit our Video News home page.)
TMCnet had the opportunity to speak with a number of key industry players during Interop this year, including Motorola (News - Alert).
Dr. Amit Sinha, CTO, Wireless LAN, Motorola visited the TMCnet media booth for an interview.
In terms of wireless technology 802.11n, Dr. Sinha was asked about the latest. This technology was ratified last year and is becoming the mainstream wireless standard and allows over 100 Mbps.
The wireless enterprise is becoming a reality and most businesses want to run mission-critical services on their wireless environments. They don't just want e-mail browsing; they also want voice and video in a seamless fashion.
As for challenges for with this technology standard and the wireless environment, the main issue is whether or not the wireless LAN will be easy to deploy and manage. The centralized controller often becomes the bottleneck and with 802.11n, you need more adaptive architectures.
In many environments, it is common to have users who are only used to wireless and they will not plug into an Ethernet port. In addition, the enterprise needs to have indoor and outdoor access points that should work seamlessly.
Reliability is also a concern and the enterprise needs self-optimizing and self-healing networks. APs should be smart enough to optimize channels and power levels. Remote site survivability should also be in place for those who are operating branches. The overall Quality of Experience (QoE) is very important for CIOs.
"As you go into wireless, security issues start popping up," said Dr. Sinha. You don't want hackers sitting in your parking lot breaking into your wireless network and stealing data. To be able to have the right authentication, encryption and 24x7 monitoring on top of that is also very critical."
What additional things must be factored in for enterprises that are incorporating 802.11n into current environments? If you look at TCO, this technology takes into consideration capital expenditure and operational expenses. CIOs want to be able to incorporate 802.11n that will integrate into legacy infrastructure. They want to work in a multi-vendor management situation to maximize current investments.
For more information on the wireless enterprise and Motorola's role in this environment, check out this video in full.
Susan J. Campbell is a contributing editor for TMCnet and has also written for eastbiz.com. To read more of Susan's articles, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by Patrick Barnard