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Xirrus 2017 Predictions: Federated identity, Wi-Fi market consolidation and other networking trends to watch for in 2017

VMblog Predictions 2017

Virtualization and Cloud executives share their predictions for 2017.  Read them in this 9th annual series exclusive.

Contributed by Shane Buckley, CEO, Xirrus

Federated identity, Wi-Fi market consolidation and other networking trends to watch for in 2017

2016 was quite a year for not only Wi-Fi technology, but also the Wi-Fi industry at large. From an unprecedented DNS outage that temporarily paralyzed the entire internet, to the evolution of federated identity for simple, secure access to Wi-Fi and applications, 2016 had its mix of growing pains and innovative steps forward. In this predictions piece, Shane Buckley, CEO of Xirrus provides insights on where Wi-Fi is going in 2017.

Smart home and IoT will continue to create significant security issues on global networks. The recent outage of many DNS providers was carried out by malware deployed on IoT devices across the internet in the U.S. Businesses need to ensure IoT devices can only connect to the IoT server over pre-designed ports and protocols.

  • Broadcom's acquisition of Brocade shows that the market has duped itself into thinking consolidation of wired and wireless technology is an important next step heading into 2017. But the data we are seeing in terms of growth from this Broadcom acquisition, further disproves this logic.
  • Today, there are a disparate number of Wi-Fi networks, all with different authentication / login requirements. In 2017, we will see a move to federated identity for Wi-Fi networks.
  • LTE networks won't replace Wi-Fi; they are 10x the cost to deploy and are generally billed on a per byte basis. Wi-Fi is still the lowest cost tech available, and has similar or superior performance to LTE when deployed properly.
  • There needs to be a push toward universal Wi-Fi in 2017. All citizens of our planet should have unfettered access to internet through Wi-Fi.


About the Author

Shane Buckley brings more than 19 years of executive management experience to the Xirrus team, expanding business and markets worldwide. Most recently, Mr. Buckley was the General Manager and Senior Vice President at NETGEAR where he led the growth of NETGEAR's commercial business unit to 50 percent revenue growth over 2 years, reaching $330 million in 2011 - and played a prime role in growing corporate revenues over 30 percent. Prior to that Mr. Buckley was President & CEO of Rohati Systems, a leader in Cloud-based access management solutions, Chief Operating Officer of Nevis Networks, a leader in secure switching and access control. He has also held the position of Vice President WW Enterprise at Juniper Networks, President International at Peribit Networks, a leader in WAN Optimization and EMEA vice president at 3Com Corp. Mr. Buckley is a graduate of engineering from the Cork Institute of Technology in Ireland.

Shane Buckley 

Published Monday, December 26, 2016 11:02 AM by David Marshall
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