IDC finds in a new report that the cloud-managed Wi-Fi market is set for exponential growth in the coming years.
As the traditional worldwide enterprise wireless local area network (WLAN) market experiences relative maturation and the lofty gains of the past two years begin to flatten, the WLAN market for cloud-managed Wi-Fi presents notable growth opportunities in both hardware and services.
IDC estimates that worldwide cloud-managed infrastructure and managed services revenue will reach $653 million in 2014 and $2.5 billion by 2018.
In recent years, cloud-managed Wi-Fi growth has been fueled by increased adoption in the midmarket and distributed enterprise (e.g., retail, K-12 education).
“Enterprises are seeing the big picture and definitely considering cloud-managed Wi-Fi for their remote sites when upgrading their networks,” explains Rohit Mehra, Vice President of Network Infrastructure. “These upgraded network architectures can accommodate unique needs around bring your own device (BYOD), scalability, application visibility and management.”
Today, having a strong, robust wireless network is mandatory for enterprises, IDC says, and the proliferation of BYOD and mission-critical network applications has helped drive new wireless LAN deployments within a growing number of enterprise segments. Cloud-managed Wi-Fi, with its central manageability, smaller physical footprint, and linear scalability, is a viable option for these enterprises.