The evolution of enterprise IT toward a fully mobile environment, driven by the proliferation of mobile devices used for business-critical tasks, has set the stage for a dramatic increase in enterprise mobile application deployments and associated wireless LAN (WLAN) infrastructure. While once a simple adjunct to a wired network, or a means for providing quick guest access, wireless LANs have become sophisticated, secure access on-ramps that are integral to enterprise IT infrastructure . However, they also present new challenges for IT in terms of technology selection and budget planning. This Technology Spotlight describes the rise of wireless LANs and how this technology will continue to evolve to meet enterprise needs.
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