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Calculating your wireless LAN costs can be a daunting task and many of the times these calculations are no more than a thumb-suck. Motorola believes that its Wireless LAN Cost Calculator is the answer. According to the company it provides the total cost of ownership per square foot and makes comparisons to several other solutions available.

The Enterprise Mobility Solutions business unit of Motorola announced a new Wireless LAN cost calculation service that enables customers to correctly calculate the complete costs of their investment in wireless LAN (WLAN) infrastructure and wireless services on a per-square-foot basis.

Offered as a free service to customers, this cost calculation service can help margin-sensitive retailers assess the hidden costs of wireless operations and improve network planning, budgeting and operations. It provides an analysis of the total cost of ownership by square foot and makes comparisons to several solution options to assure customers have the lowest total costs for their wireless network requirements.

‚Enterprises continue to look to expand their use of wireless at the edge of the network. In vertical markets such as retail, they are looking for better ways of cost-justifying their lifetime wireless infrastructure expenses,” said Tim Zimmerman, principal analyst, Network Services & Infrastructure, Mobile & Wireless at Gartner. “”Enterprises are also looking to leverage tools and services to make migration and management easier to gain a better picture of their total cost of ownership.‚

Rather than basing prospects’ wireless infrastructure outlays on fixed costs alone, Motorola’s Wireless LAN Cost Calculator analyses retailers’ fixed and variable costs to provide a true prediction of the total cost of wireless LAN operations on the network. The information can be used to help determine how various architectures and options, such as 802.11n or remote PCI compliance solutions, can affect the costs of operation.

‚The value of a mobility solution to a retailer is based on its ability to facilitate better operations and services while decreasing costs, yet retailers often struggle to predict just how much their wireless network decision will cost them and how it will affect their profitability,‚ said Sujai Hajela, vice president for Wireless Network Solutions at Motorola Enterprise Mobility Solutions. ‚Motorola’s new service helps customers and channel partners create ‚what if’ scenarios that demonstrate just how affordable wireless LANs can be and ensure the best investment decision for their operation.‚

With the most complete WLAN proposition in the industry, optimised for wireless services such as video, voice and wireless security, and including many enterprise-class features in a standard product configuration, Motorola can help customers address the potential hidden costs of WLAN operations and provide solutions that will help them maximise the return on investment (ROI) and reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO) of their network. For example, Motorola is offering customers a flexible access point (AP) licensing model that allows additional licenses to be added to controllers in the field for better scalability. This also enables multiple controllers to share licenses for load balancing and active redundancy. In addition, Motorola’s high-powered APs provide a wider coverage area, resulting in a lower number of APs required. The ability to run 802.11n APs at near-maximum throughput using standard 802.3af Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) makes wired infrastructure upgrades entirely optional.

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