Outsourced WLAN AAA

The folks over at Mobile Pipeline have a review of three companies offering outsourced AAA services for WLAN. They seem to be targeting the SMB market. Everything is handled remotely with no on-site AAA. It will be very interesting to track how these offerings are picked up in the market. The unstated consideration of these designs is that if your Internet connection goes down, so goes your WLAN. This may be fine in organizations that use WLAN as a secondary access medium, but I’d imagine plenty of small companies choosing to go wireless for everything rather than bother with cabling. The questions organizations need to ask is: “Are there local services we need access to via WLAN even in the event that the Internet goes down?” I suppose a local emergency user could be configured on the AP to counter this, I wonder if many are doing so?