For the state of Oklahoma, the days of running Ethernet cables to the desktop may soon be over. “With the performance we’ve seen from our recent 802.11ac Wi-Fi deployment, it won’t be long before new offices will need only a few wireless access points and switch closets,” says Dustin Crossfield, director of technology services for Oklahoma. “If John and Sally want to switch cubes, they won’t even have to call IT.”
The state’s wireless journey began three years ago as part of an overall state IT consolidation with 802.11n APs used solely for Internet access. As the number of wireless gadgets per user multiplied, Oklahoma implemented Aruba AP-205 and AP-215 802.11ac APs and the Aruba ClearPass Access Management System. At first, the Office of Management and Enterprise Services installed 802.11ac primarily in conference rooms and other high-traffic venues. Crossfield says demand grew quickly, and wireless became mission-critical.