Cisco’s acquisition of spectrum analysis vendor Cognio this week signifies the vendor’s move beyond infrastructure provision in the WLAN space and  shows Cisco taking an interest in improving the performance of dense wireless environments. 

This move is likely to support its increased focus on wireless applications over wireless hardware as evidenced by its location-based-services pitches earlier this year. Also interesting in the fact that the Cognio solution will likely let Cisco take on a management role of more types of wireless technology, perhaps a harbinger of more wireless offerings outside of the 802.11 space in the near future?