Enterprise video plans have to consider the WLAN

When establishing an enterprise video program, there are many things businesses have to evaluate and plan for. However, companies have, as a general rule, not had to worry too much about the wireless network. This is changing quickly, as the growing mobility movement is combining with the increased use of business streaming services to make the wireless LAN a key component of the network.

According to a recent TechTarget report, organizations are facing a major challenge when it comes to managing the WLAN because video traffic is becoming much more common in the network. Citing a Cisco study, the news source said approximately 50 percent of all mobile traffic is video data. By 2016, that statistic will climb to approximately 70 percent. This is creating an environment in which more users are depending on the WLAN infrastructure and using it to access video content.

Paul DeBeasi, research vice president for Gartner, told TechTarget that businesses will face an incredibly challenging environment moving forward if they are struggling to manage their WLAN systems effectively.

“If you’re doing a poor job of designing the network and are not following best practices, you have two problems coming at you: the increase in the number of mobile devices and video. It’s going to be a perfect storm,” DeBeasi told the news source.

DeBeasi explained that businesses preparing to deal with the challenges created by video and mobility on the WLAN should begin by analyzing the radio frequency climate within their offices. This allows them to understand how a signal may be disrupted once the network is deployed. Organizations should then consider more densely deploying routers and access points so there is more wireless bandwidth available to users.

Such suggestions are extremely helpful for organizations as long as their WAN and LAN infrastructure is already capable of handling video data transmissions. In most enterprise networks, the WAN and LAN systems act as the backhaul infrastructure that provides the bandwidth for the WLAN. Because of this, video-related data that struggles to make it through the WAN and into the LAN, where it is then transmitted in wireless format, will be affected by performance issues. As a result, video-specific video solutions that support better WAN and LAN performance could be key to improving WLAN functionality when supporting users viewing content on mobile devices.



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