Wi-Fi today is an integral part of any organisation. All organisations, from small offices through to large scale campus locations, need robust, reliable and secure Wi-Fi connections. The challenge of efficiently and securely managing Wi-Fi gets more complex as the breadth of coverage expands. In addition, it’s not just mobile devices that require Wi-Fi today; we have to factor in smart appliances, such as intelligent printers and projectors and a whole host of connected ELV devices.
5G is starting to become a reality and Wi-Fi 6 as the ongoing evolution of wireless connectivity. The thirst for always available, fast, consistent and secure Wi-Fi continues to grow. There are common problems for Wi-Fi when it comes to security, infrastructure, mobility, deployment, density and applications. As Wi-Fi networks sprawl across expanding campus environments, management becomes a bigger issue.
Organisations leverage the cloud for their workloads and applications. The features that make cloud the platform of choice for applications also provide a great platform for Wi-Fi management. Cloud Wi-Fi or cloud-managed wireless allows organisations that operate facilities at scale, be it in stadiums, hotels or university campuses, to manage connectivity and provide quality and secured service at the same time.
If you are faced with the challenge of providing ubiquitous internet across a large campus, building or facility, you need to be able to automate the management, control, monitoring and security of your access points and connected devices. Cloud Wi-Fi is the answer.
Here are five reasons why Cloud Wi-Fi is an option for you when it comes to managing your networks effectively to meet your organisation needs:
Single Point of Management – The cloud is all about being able to operate from a single point, and this is precisely what cloud Wi-Fi does as well. Cloud Wi-Fi provides a streamlined interface, enabling remote monitoring and troubleshooting as well as central configuration and firmware
management. Meaning, IT can monitor all access points and have visibility over devices used through a web browser.
Secured Network – Cloud Wi-Fi improves security by being able to automatically detect complications and rogue access points through network sensors, software and applications. This includes receiving auto alerts when problems are identified and auto-updates to ensure critical data is protected. The visibility also provides IT personnel with the ability to manage connected devices.
Scalability – The continued growth of devices would mean organisations would have to scale their network to support them. The advantage of Cloud Wi-Fi is that additional controllers can be easily added and managed over the cloud. Also, organisations need not rely on technicians to configure access points for remote locations as Cloud Wi-Fi allows it to be done from a single place.
Cost Savings – Just like most cloud services, Cloud Wi-Fi allows your organisation to reduce costs, especially when it comes to expanding and scaling your network. Also, using Cloud Wi-Fi would mean a reduction of on-premise and hardware costs such as management servers and controllers. Organisations can also save up on employment costs as Cloud Wi-Fi does not require any IT staff to work and manage it.
Analytics – With all the information on the cloud, organisations can get real-time analysis of their security, device visibility, breakdowns and incidences as well as data to help improve the business.
As wireless connectivity grows, the scope and variety of users that access your networks increases and the number and type of devices that you manage expands, you need a strategy and solution to stay in control. You also need to manage an increasingly complex environment within your existing staff resources.
It is all about secure, reliable, high-performance Wi-Fi for every device, every time no matter how your network grows. CommScope draws on years of innovation in the industry to develop technologies for this. If you’re considering Cloud Wi-Fi, you might want to consider Ruckus Cloud Managed Wi-Fi.