Security and reliability key to vendor success in WLAN market

The wireless local area network (LAN) market is predicted to grow at a compound annual rate of 30%, according to the latest findings from Meta Group.

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By  Zoe Moleshead Published  December 9, 2002

The wireless local area network (LAN) market is predicted to grow at a compound annual rate of 30%, according to the latest findings from Meta Group. The research group also cites robust security, management and reliability as the key product features for enterprises.

“We expect clear distinction among products that will emerge in the next 12-18 months to meet the specific needs of the enterprise, consumer and public market segments,” says Chris Kozup, senior research analyst, global networking strategies services, Meta Group.

“Vendors seeking success in all markets must strike an effective balance between the richness of features required by enterprise and the low cost needed for consumer and public deployments,” he adds.

Vendors also need to demonstrate a commitment to advanced features beyond just Wi-Fi and dominate the manufacturing of at least one key product, such as access points or client adapters.

Meta Group’s research into the wireless LAN vendors also revealed that success depends on a mixture of market presence and performance. However, enterprises need to select their vendors carefully as the advanced features they require are still largely proprietary. The research group also predicts that by 2004 the technology will have matured offering greater performance, market penetration and vendor viability.

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