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The Next Wave of 802.11ac WiFi Is Coming: What Enterprise IT Needs to Know

The Next Wave of 802.11ac WiFi Is Coming: What Enterprise IT Needs to Know

This IDC study analyzes the emergence of the 802.11ac standard of wireless networking in the enterprise, focusing on forthcoming "Wave 2" 802.11ac releases. Specifically, it addresses the benefits and challenges for enterprise IT in the context of performance enhancements from 802.11n that help enterprises deal with the influx of BYOD, mobility and collaboration applications, and cloud services. While evaluating the merits and challenges of 802.11ac upgrades, this study shares essential guidance for enterprises to best reap the benefits of this rapidly emerging WiFi standard.

"With the second wave of 802.11ac emerging in the market, network managers have greater choice in how to approach future wireless network upgrades. Wave 2 brings new capabilities for the WLAN to better serve as a tool for business innovation but may require deeper infrastructure upgrades. Network managers should engage in a thoughtful analysis on how to best deploy 802.11ac Wave 2 and extract maximum value." — Rohit Mehra, vice president, Network Infrastructure, IDC

Please Note: Extended description available upon request.

IDC Opinion
In This Study
Situation Overview
Mobility in the Enterprise and the Explosion of Applications and Endpoints
The Transition to 802.11ac Wave 2 WiFi
Benefits of 802.11ac WiFi
Technological Benefits
Business Benefits
Challenges to Consider
A Potential High-Speed Ethernet Solution for 802.11ac Wave 2: 2.5GbE and 5GbE
Future Outlook
Essential Guidance
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Related Research
Table: Technical Feature and Requirement Differences Between 802.11n and 802.11ac
Table: Upgrade Matrix for 802.11ac Wave 2

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