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Cloud-managed Wi-Fi poised for growth, says IDC

Worldwide cloud-managed Wi-Fi revenue to reach $653 million in 2014

Cloud-managed Wi-Fi poised for growth, says IDC
IDC: The cloud managed Wi-Fi market will be worth $2.5 billion in 2018

According to new research from IDC, worldwide cloud-managed Wi-Fi revenue will reach $653 million in 2014.

As the traditional WLAN market heads towards maturation, that figure will reach $2.5 billion by 2018, IDC said, claiming the WLAN market for cloud-managed Wi-Fi presents notable growth opportunities for both hardware and services.

"Enterprises are seeing the big picture and definitely considering cloud-managed Wi-Fi for their remote sites when upgrading their networks," said Rohit Mehra, vice president of network infrastructure at IDC.

"These upgraded network architectures can accommodate unique needs around bring your own device (BYOD), scalability, application visibility and management."  

IDC said that having a strong, robust wireless network is now mandatory for enterprises, and the proliferation of BYOD and mission-critical network applications has helped to drive new wireless LAN deployments within a growing number of segments. As such, cloud-managed Wi-Fi - with its central manageability, smaller physical footprint, and linear scalability – is a viable option for the future, said IDC.

These predictions come as part of a wider IDC study, which examines the market trends and opportunity for the cloud-managed segment of the enterprise WLAN market.

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