Chapter 8

The Future of the Enterprise LAN

The invisible LAN

Colin Kahn

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The essential vision

Over the last decade, wireless technology has become the dominant means for consumer device connectivity. The days of wired Ethernet are effectively over for consumers, however, wireless has yet to transform enterprise device connectivity to the same extent. As a consequence, the level of innovation that has characterized the consumer mobile device ecosystem has been largely absent in the enterprise space. The result is an environment that remains rooted in the original wired telephony paradigm of a desktop phone and workstation, with network connectivity ...

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