Joanie Wexler

Joanie Wexler is an independent editor, writer and analyst who has spent more than 20 years analyzing trends and news in the computer networking industry. Previously, she spent eight years covering the business communications market at IDG publicationsNetwork World, InfoWorld, and Computerworld.


U.S. safety net poised to finally get off the ground

It’s been more than a dozen years since the 9/11 tragedies. Unfortunately, we still don’t have a bona fide nationwide public safety network, which has been discussed and planned ever since. Yet the Federal Communications Commission...

Stop inventing mobile phones

I'm a cheerleader for competition, innovation, freedom of choice and all that, but the volume of mobile operating systems and phone types has reached the point of creating industry chaos and confusion for both enterprises and...

Mobility mgmt: Don't give up just yet

The state of mobility in the enterprise is officially at a crossroads. Businesses are torn as to whether they should wash their hands of procuring mobile devices and wireless services for employees to save money or to cling to...

Shifting mobile cost to employees? Think twice

I've noticed a disturbing anecdotal trend in talking to enterprise customers lately, and some recent IDC numbers I just stumbled across seem to back it up. The unfortunate movement is away from corporate-liable mobile phone models...

Moving Wi-Fi complexity into the cloud

There are now at least three companies moving enterprise Wi-Fi control functions, management functions or both into the cloud.Meraki was first to announce the hosted Wi-Fi control and management model for midmarket enterprises in May...

Wireless helps hone data center efficiencies

Enterprise efforts to consolidate data centers and install virtualization software are taking a big bite out of the number of power-hungry application and storage servers required to support enterprise data. But after taking this...

Outdoor 11n WiFi gear grabs spotlight

A big focus for Wi-Fi makers these days is on building equipment that supports high-speed outdoor network applications. For example, there are enterprises that want to extend their wireless LANs outdoors. There are municipalities...

802.11n price wars already underway

The ink is barely dry on the final IEEE 802.11n standard, and already vendors are slashing their equipment prices to encourage wide-scale enterprise deployments.It began when Aruba Wireless last month announced its AP-105, a...

Mobile WAN operators raise 'openness' bar

It was a productive week for mobile WANs, with AT&T, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile and Sprint all making announcements that broke new ground for the licensed operators.Especially noteworthy:* AT&T caved to pressure to allow VoIP...

'Huh?!' How to translate WiFi vendor-speak

What's beamforming? Airtime fairness? When a vendor claims to support "wireless security," what kind of security are we talking about? Like every industry, the Wi-Fi environment has its own vernacular. What can make conquering it...

Rx for security anxieties

If you are a conscientious network manager, you might still be fretting about whether wireless LANs are really secure. It is true that because wireless data isn’t confined within cabling, radios in wireless access points belonging to...

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