In order to help their workers stay mobile and move at the speed of business, many organizations today are taking a good hard look at their wireless networking infrastructure and deciding whether it’s time for something new. But evaluating new wireless access systems isn’t always easy, especially when the market is loaded with promises – and pitfalls are everywhere. To help keep you on the lookout and out of trouble, we’ve put together a quick read on the key traps to avoid as you’re planning your next wireless move.
If you’ve ever worked with Veristor, you already know that we’re all about innovative, best-in-class solutions. Call us crazy, but we think your business is unique, and one vendor’s ecosystem isn’t likely going to meet all of your needs. We believe one of the biggest pitfalls in wireless networking arises when a single vendor promises to deliver everything from wireless access points and controllers to security tools, firewalls, and wired backhaul solutions. To us, that smells like a one-way ticket to vendor lock-in.
Another big trap has to do with the network’s ability to grow and change with your business. Some wireless product families aren’t families at all, but loose connections of product groups that don’t work and play nicely together. That means as your business grows or changes, your wireless networking vendor may not be able to offer an evolution path that serves your needs. Nobody likes to hear the words “rip and replace” – especially us.
While we’re on the subject of things we don’t like, let’s talk about the pitfalls that can emerge as the realities of owning and operating a new wireless system come into focus. Some wireless solutions leave a lot to be desired on the security side, lacking the tools and insights it takes to maintain compliance and support best-practice security strategies. Others support management systems or cloud-based tools that only work with a particular hardware set. And then there are the cost pitfalls, where hidden expenses and maintenance contracts can eat away at your TCO model a few short years after a purchase. Not cool.
Now, it’s not all doom and gloom. There are some practical steps you can take as you evaluate new wireless technologies that can help keep you out of trouble. We’ve outlined them in the infographic below and offered a few simple pieces of advice to help you sidestep the pitfalls.
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