The Avaya-Nortel WLAN 8100 series is getting ready to go through a fairly significant architecture overhaul over the next couple of years. This new architecture is going to enable end-users to achieve up to a 300mb throughput over the 802.11n standard. This is a drastic improvement over current wireless speeds and will allow many more sophisticated enterprise applications over the next couple of years.
The current bottleneck in the WLAN 8100 is actually in the wireless controller itself. The way it works now is that the wireless controller has a data component that requires all wireless data to pass through the physical controller itself. This constraint runs into bandwidth problems that can cause the speed to fall drastically depending on the amount of wireless traffic that has to go to the wireless controller.
Avaya will be evolving the architecture over the next couple of years to incorporate the data processing capabilities that are currently only available in the wireless controller itself into the core and edge switches. This is a significant change that will allow the core and eventually edge switches to process the data without having to send it all the way to the controller itself—effectively speeding up the throughput of the entire wireless network. The control (security issues, AP profiles, etc.) of the access points themselves will be maintained by the wireless controller.
Avaya-Nortel WLAN 8100 product roadmap:
Phase 1: Will be launching the Avaya-Nortel WLAN 8100 series Wireless products.
Phase 2: Will incorporate the data processing capabilities into the core switches
Phase 3: Will incorporate the data processing capabilities into the edge switches
For those who have purchased Nortel’s OEM wireless product line from Trapeze, you may be wondering what is going to happen to you existing equipment. We are please to tell you that Avaya renewed Nortel’s contract with Trapeze and they will continue to sell and support that product line.