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November 15, 2010

WLAN Plays Important Role in a Well-Integrated Mobile Strategy

Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company, announced availability of its latest research study on the integration of wireless and wireline networks, “Unchained: the Wireless Imperative in Network Integration.” The study reveals that the Wireless LAN's (WLAN's) essential role in a well-integrated mobile strategy has emerged as a defining characteristic of top-performing organizations.

According to the results of the study, over the prior 12-month period, the top performers (as measured across multiple performance criteria) decreased the time required to resolve business problems by 39 percent, 3.25 times the improvement of all other survey respondents; while they improved application response time over the network by 37 percent, 28 percent more than all others. End-to-end WLAN performance improved by 56 percent, 2.8-times that of all others; while LAN performance improved by 52 percent, 2.6-times all others.

In a statement, Andrew Borg, senior research analyst, wireless and mobility of Aberdeen (News - Alert), said, “Top performing IT organizations deploy 802.11n WiFi pervasively in the organization, while ensuring that the network has a fast wireline core and the entire network infrastructure is centrally managed as a coherent IT asset. With the performance and security of the WLAN capable of meeting or exceeding that of wireline network, it now makes good business sense to deploy 802.11n pervasively throughout the organization.”

As per the study, consolidation of WLAN and LAN management from a central location enabled a 'single point of view' of performance and security, an essential element in improving operational efficiency, network throughput, data security, and an improved experience for the end-user.

A complimentary copy of this report is made available due in part by the following underwriters: Brocade and AirMagnet (News - Alert).

Recently, Aberdeen Group was in news when a report from Aberdeen Group revealed that software programs such as those offered by EasyAsk, a leading e-commerce search and merchandising software company with offices in Massachusetts, Northern California and New Jersey, not only simplify shopping and internal analysis but also drive sales and encourage loyalty.

Sujata Garud is a TMCnet freelancer with three years of writing/editing experience and two years of market research experience. As an editor she has covered the IT, electronics, banking, pharma, construction, mining and healthcare industries. To see more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jaclyn Allard

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