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After appreciating wireless LANs in hotels, coffee shops and our homes, the 802.11n technology is finally here for the enterprise and business environment as well.

What does that mean for your business? In the right application, wireless LANs now are viable replacements for wired LANs, particularly when it comes to new network construction. Most network professionals advise against running a mixed network (existing wired and new wireless), however, which can result in significantly reduced bandwidth.

Tests performed by Network World show respectable data rates of 250Mbps in addition to steady support of real-time applications as voice and video. Successful test results also came from a variety of enterprise-level features, such as dynamic radio-frequency control, Power over Ethernet, and security functions such as stateful firewalls, Wi-Fi Protected Access 2, and intrusion prevention and detection.

After a two-year lull and heavy caution on technology budgets, it appears that 2010 is set for a renewal in IT spending nationwide in the areas of staffing and new equipment.

Technology business research shows that only 16% of IT executives expect to make further budget cuts in the year ahead, while 52% plan to increase their IT operational budget in 2010 over 2009. If the economic recovery proves steady, this prediction may be conservative, as many IT organizations will perform 3rd quarter adjustments.

With more thanks to an improving economy, virtualization , or the division of physical hardware into multiple clusters, is becoming more widely deployed in 2010. IT professionals use virtualization as an efficient method to handle a myriad of applications and operating systems, particularly for email servers.

According to Tom Bittman, Gartner vice president. "By year-end 2010, enterprises with 100 to 999 employees will have a higher penetration of virtual machines deployed than the Global 500."

As companies take advantage of product offerings from VMware, Microsoft and Citrix(CTXS) to reduce the amount of server and storage hardware within their data centers, network engineers highly advise the involvement of the information security team in the initial architecture and planning stages of any virtualization deployment project.