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4/10/2014 | 6:16:20 PM
Will SDN Help to Break Enterprise WLAN Silos?
Here's an interesting piece  from the excellently named Lee H. Badman, over at Network Computing. Enterprise Wireless LAN controller companies have started talking about SDN, and the possibility of future WLAN interoperability.

This is definitely not how it works today as he points out: Company X's controller definitely does not speak to company Y's access point, and vice versa. There's a whole lot of properitary walls to break down before that happens. Once a business decides a vendor they're usually locked in.

This could have further implications in the future too. How will SDN play in carrier WiFi deployments if at all? The enterprise small cell sector is starting -- notably with SpiderCloud --  to head down the controller/cell route. So do we end up in a walled enterprise small cell enviroment too at some point? Vendors are already suggesting that it is better to use a single small cell supplier to ease management and interefernce issues.

What do you think?


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