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Why Cloud Managed Wireless Access Is the Future of Enterprise Wi-Fi

By admin on May 15th 2017

Moving to the cloud continues to accelerate the growth of IT infrastructures for Atlantic Canadian businesses. However, some legacy IT components remain in common use as “living fossils,” functional but not evolving to the necessary next level. At least 48% of Canadian organizations have not adopted identity and access management as cloud-based solutions. By clinging to the traditional wireless local area network (WLAN), they miss out on the faster performance and next gen management that cloud managed wireless access offers.

Higher Speed and Capacity

Cloud computing services vary in their offerings, but as a rule of thumb provide businesses with more scalable and flexible management alternatives to on-premise options. The whole cloud model is able to shift with usage. Where traditional wireless access hinges on many management panes to monitor and maintain your wireless infrastructure, cloud managed wireless access scales to handle demand while only using a single management page regardless of the number of access points. Likewise, access points intelligently communicate their workloads and distribute usage automatically to offer the best performing wireless connectivity possible.

Cisco Meraki is a prime example. The hardware itself is built from the highest-grade components, helping businesses surpass the 1Gb/s speed barrier through on-site functionality alone. Beyond breakthroughs in speed, this cloud solution has an adaptive configuration able to intelligently hand off wireless access to other access points in the mesh as devices move around in the network. Real-time and historic performance metrics blend to create the lowest latency possible in even high demand environments.

Best of all, system-wide performance adjustments are all automatic. For small businesses with less hardware, this offers seamless set-it-and-forget-operations. For larger organizations with need for several Cisco Meraki appliances across locations (healthcare providers, local retail chains, and the like), the entire wireless network adjusts without time consuming manual changes that impact your productivity. That keeps operations running smoothly at some of the fastest speeds on the market.

Smarter Network Management

Cloud managed wireless access affords cost savings that traditional wireless setups cannot achieve. In the past, technicians needed to travel between locations while deploying, updating, and maintaining wireless appliances. Though some Atlantic Canadian companies are making the shift, those that avoid cloud based wireless management continue to incur needless travel expenses and waste labor hours on commutes. It’s especially wasteful because network management on the cloud is so effortless.

Management is simple from the start. Cloud based wireless devices automatically connect to the cloud, register with the business’ network, and download the relevant configurations. From there, multi-site management is painless. Reports and configuration options enterprise-wide are accessible through a portal which allows straightforward monitoring and comprehensive control of applications, users, and devices across the cloud network. 

As an added bonus, cloud managed wireless is designed with security in mind. Management data (and only that data) flows through the cloud infrastructure. All other data remains local. That way, if the cloud management vendor is compromised by the latest cybersecurity threats, clients are at no risk of exposing their own data in the process. Moreover, there is no interruption to wireless service during outages – just a temporary disruption of reporting and high-level management, which resumes when the cloud infrastructure is back online.

Decreased Maintenance for Security and Performance

Good IT solutions are built to evolve. Traditional wireless appliances require technicians to be more hands-on, making regular updates manually to prevent losses in performance or exposure to security threats. With the speed of new developments, Atlantic Canadian businesses no longer need to make a regular ritual of implementing updates and upgrades. Cloud managed wireless removes much of the burden from enterprise users.

On the security side, cloud based wireless solutions mitigate a wide array of threats. With Cisco Meraki, threat assessment is a proactive part of their secure cloud services. Real-time threat evaluation paired with evolving attack profile classifications present users with the ability to make fast and effective responses. Customizable alerts notify administrators of issues, even as the wireless management product auto-contains instances where malicious devices spoof access points.

From a performance standpoint, updates are progressive. Cloud based wireless providers offer regular updates to their capabilities as a way of adding greater ROIs for enterprise clients. Whether it is increased speed or greater management capacity, these platforms are all about rolling updates. That way, enterprise Wi-Fi remains competitive without any further effort.

Making the Most of Cloud Managed Wireless Access

Faster speeds, escalating performance, and smarter management makes cloud based wireless solutions appealing to businesses of every size. Yet as with anything IT related, it’s always important to evaluate whether the best cloud solutions are the right fit for an organization.

The right cloud solutions are going to differ drastically from one business to another. Find out which cloud tools will result in the greatest performance, lowest latency, and most cost-effective delivery by taking our free cloud readiness assessment. Our knowledge guides Atlantic Canadian businesses to make smart decisions without hassle.