In practice, the right choice of access points, controllers and software has been shown to reduce the total operating costs by 30 to 50 percent, let alone the advantage of having a unified system scalable to the heavy demands of the BYOD trend.
For the IT department, BYOD it can prove a headache. Without a strategy to ensure that the corporate network is up to the task, the gains in productivity and the savings in buying equipment for employees will be offset by an enormous increase in network complexity and management costs.
On the other hand, the right strategy and choices will not only support seamless integration of BYOD but also ensure high security and wireless performance at near wired levels, without further demands on the IT department's time and resources.
Bill Wester is director, Enterprise Solutions, Extreme Networks.
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