IT leaders have the unenviable task of modernising Wi-Fi networks to support new workplace initiatives while streamlining operations.

With more data living at the edge and hybrid cloud and cloud-first models fuelling investment, security is more difficult to assure than ever, with multiple environments and devices causing headaches for traditional solutions.

In any case, implementing edge-to-cloud-security is no longer something IT departments can put on the backburner – modernisation is needed now, and there are four areas you can start with to modernise wireless networks:

Address workplace technical debt with new Wi-Fi

When legacy technology can’t compete with at-home networks, enterprise IT suddenly becomes a joke to those working with it.

Deploying Wi-Fi 6 or 6E enables seamless and secure connectivity on the 802.11ax standard, enabling greater traffic flow and efficiency. We recommend Wi-Fi 6E, which extends the benefits to the 6 GHz band to deliver up to 1200 MHz.

When selecting technology, look for Wi-Fi alliance certification and use a network specialist to size and specify infrastructure.

Rearchitect the WLAN to improve workplace experiences

Remote and hybrid work means workloads are no longer performed in the office but anywhere with an internet connection. This places new demands on networks, especially security demands, which are difficult to control.

Take advantage of additional spectrum in the 6 GHz band, Wi-Fi 6E access points (APs) and faster networks. Enforce application priority, and assign tiered bandwidth so essential services run faster than non-essential services and apps.

Drive greater agility with cloud-based management solutions

Complex hybrid IT environments make managing infrastructure difficult with overlapping siloed consoles and management programmes.

We recommend a cloud-based network management model such as those offered by Aruba’s Central Cloud. Determine your organisation’s cloud readiness and look for opportunities to make the cloud agile and more manageable.

A cloud-first security approach enables automation enhancements that will help you implement self-driving, self-securing networks.

Leverage AIOps and automation to resolve security issues

Increased network load, traffic volume, device diversity and application demands mean that workplaces are too complex for humans to manage.

AIOps and automation take over the manual tasks that sap time, automatically accounting for changing conditions (versus manually setting thresholds).

An AIOps solution that addresses wired, wireless, and WAN networks and security concerns will unlock huge efficiency gains. You can then invest in IT training and IT infrastructure that enhances core operations.

To discuss how DSI can help you with implementing edge-to-cloud-security solutions for your business give us a call.