Gartner has released the 2016 edition of their famed “Magic Quadrant” for Wired and Wireless LAN Access Infrastructure, and there’s quite a few differences to note. For example, this year, according to Gartner survey responses, it seems that customers prefer a common set of security, policy enforcement, and management across both their wired and wireless networks. It was also noted through the survey responses that over 70% of clients prefer a single vendor to deploy their network access layer solution.
However, one of the most striking changes in the Magic Quadrant is a decreased interest in higher throughput technologies such as 802.11ac Wave 2. This coincides with a rising interest in security measures dedicated to addressing concerns related to Internet of Things (IoT) devices connected to enterprise networks. Gartner writes that the Internet of Things has introduced a multitude of issues that require innovation, including virtual segmentation, the ability to separate a number of different IoT devices. The report highlights that the role of the IT professional is in flux, taking on new responsibilities while staffing remains still.
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