Businesses need to rethink the way they connect an increasingly anywhere-anytime workforce.
In the face of COVID-19, a lockdown event that has forced many employees to work from home, businesses have had to accelerate certain aspects of their digital transformation strategy to enhance their resilience. Virtual private networks (VPNs) and remote workforce enhancements in collaboration have been key focus areas to enable working from home securely. However, unresolved questions include the annual cost of providing traditional LAN connectivity across the business premises for a workforce that is likely not to be entirely deskbound any longer, and the clumsy manual connections needed to use VPNs for secure connection from home.
Enterprise grade WiFi solutions are the answer.
An enterprise-grade Wi-Fi solution at offices would allow CIOs to reduce spend on switches and eliminate the need to deploy network points to desks. A well-designed WiFi network will use overlapping cells to ensure there is redundant coverage to eliminate single points of failure, an important part of building resilience into Wi-Fi deployments. New WiFi technologies like WiFi6 will allow more devices to communicate to the access point at a time, making cabled networks less attractive.
WiFi has come of age, and its simplicity, security and flexibility make it the perfect solution for today’s and tomorrow’s agile workplace. It’s also a must for any IoT initiatives on any of your sites.
Enterprise Wifi can also be extended to employees’ homes. Access points can be put into encrypted tunnel mode and sent to employees to be plugged into their home fibre or ADSL router. The access point will build a secure tunnel between itself and the wireless controller (housed at head office or in the cloud) and start broadcasting the businesses SSID (or network name). Connecting to that SSID will effectively mean that the remote employee is “in” the office and will not require a VPN. It’s a more elegant solution and reduces the need for powerful security appliances to handle all the VPNs needed when large numbers of employees work from home. However, because of the cost implications, this solution should only be considered for employees who work predominantly from home.
There’s consensus that 2020 will shift the way we live and work. What better time to focus on ways to simplify how we work in this new world and save on infrastructure that is no longer necessary
three6five has collaborated with Ruckus, a leading provider of Wi-Fi technologies, to come up with innovative solutions like above to solve the most challenging of business outcomes. With more than 30 000 access points deployed for customers there is always a solution that fits.