IT professionals are faced with the challenge of unifying the management, control and security of their Wi-Fi and Ethernet switch-based networks. Software-defined networking, or SDN, controllers can benefit networks by offering centralized management and automation, improved security and application-level quality of service across the network.

During 2017, look for leading network suppliers to improve their wired and wireless integration capabilities via SDN. A number of suppliers provide integrated wireless and Ethernet switching options. The most prominent one is  Cisco Meraki.Cisco leverages SDN to provide centralized management, control and security for their network offerings.

There is a collection of new MS switch features designed to help secure the network and enhance performance for large-scale networks.