Of those organizations expanding their networks, 15 percent will at least double the network in 2009. Fourteen percent will extend it by 50 percent to 75 percent, 33 percent by 25 percent to 50 percent, and 34 percent will grow it by up to 25 percent. Only 8 percent of those surveyed said they did not plan to extend their WLAN deployment in 2009.
According to the survey, two-thirds of WLAN deployments now support at least one "mission-critical" application. Forty nine percent stated that they have multiple mission-critical applications running on their WLAN and 18 percent cited a single critical application. The remainder, nearly one-third of the respondents, cited using WLANs only for convenience access, such as lobby or conference room wireless access.
Organizations are also looking to put heavy-duty applications on their WLANs in 2009, with one-third saying they plan to add video and/or collaboration, and 30 percent indicating that voice over WLAN is scheduled for next year. These applications join location services and guest access as the top WLAN applications.
"Despite the troubled economy, organizations still see the strategic value of wireless LANs to help them expand their business, meet competitive concerns and reduce IT costs," said Chris Roeckl, vice president of marketing at AirMagnet. "WLAN technology is at the heart of enterprise mobility. AirMagnet's role is to ensure that this precious resource is safe and reliable for enterprise deployments."
About AirMagnet Inc.
AirMagnet Inc. is the leader in security, performance and compliance solutions for wireless LANs. The company's innovative products include AirMagnet Enterprise, the leading 24x7 WLAN security and performance management solution, and AirMagnet WiFi Analyzer - which is known as the "de facto tool for wireless LAN troubleshooting and analysis." Other products provide WLAN site survey and design, RF interference detection, remote diagnostics, and the world's first voice over WiFi analysis solution. AirMagnet has more than 7,500 customers worldwide, including 75 of the Fortune 100. The company, based in Sunnyvale, Calif., has offices worldwide. For more information, visit www.AirMagnet.com
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