Motorola has updated its wireless LAN architecture to take full advantage of 802.11n wireless products, aimed at enabling IT departments to "do more with less".
The Wing 5 architecture has been built to allow firms to get the most out of their 802.11n deployments by enabling devices to work more intelligently, the company said.
Senior director of product management at Motorola, Rad Sethuraman, said this meant that, for example, access points could enforce security policies, provide quality of service levels and optimise traffic delivery to avoid network congestion.
"The Wing 5 architecture optimises the experience of the traditional architecture so that businesses need fewer access points and fewer controllers and this can remove the strain on networks that is growing all the time," he said.
The firm explained that businesses can use the Wing 5 product to run across a combination of virtual, local site or remote network operation centre networks through a single distributed network.
Motorola's general manager of wireless backhaul solutions, Phil Bolt, added that the growing number of applications being used by mobile workers made it vital for networks to be able to ensure consistently high levels of availability.
"The mobile workforce is growing exponentially and as such mobile applications are growing all the time – some 2.4 billion were downloaded last year and many of these were made for enterprises," he noted.
"Whereas Wing 4 was all about 'site survivability', the new Wing 5 system is about 'service survivability' as the system can self-heal, self-load balance and scale too in order to meet the demands of the evolving network."
Lief Olaf Wallin, a research vice president at Gartner, said there was a growing market for this type of offering given that many enterprises are moving to wireless-only infrastructures.
"Wireless is rapidly becoming the norm for many businesses and the number of internet connections will grow by 30 per cent by 2015 to meet the demand for access to new services being hosted on the network," he said.
"Many businesses are now using mobile phones and forgoing desk phones, or are running deskphones over the network, as another application, rather than on a traditional PBX."
The Wing 5 system is available now worldwide but Motorola was unable to give any specific pricing as it said it would depend on an organisation's size.
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