The Empire Strikes Back: Cisco Develops a Death Star to Win the Wi-Fi Architectural War

2Q 2008 | IN-1002503

Cisco was remarkably quiet at the recent Interop Las Vegas 2008; maybe that should have been disquieting to its major competitors. Nimble and much smaller competitors have been arguing that the mighty Cisco Wi-Fi empire – with its centralized control – has become a dinosaur whose controllers are the choke-point that will strangle under the onslaught of the 300 Mbps flow of 802.11n packets. Aruba, Trapeze, Bluesocket, and Colubris now all offer hybrid architectures designed to offload traffic from their controllers. And, Meru now offers a massive controller specifically designed to handle 802.11n traffic. Well, the Empire just responded in a very big way.

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