Historically, small organizations such as small and medium businesses with limited or no IT staff as well as distributed enterprises were the only natural candidates to move their WLAN architecture to the cloud. However, with the innovations and decreasing costs of unlimited processing power and data storage, the cloud has now become a viable alternative to on-premise controller WLAN architecture for larger institutions such as universities and large enterprises.

The many benefits of Cloud-Managed Wi-Fi include reduced capEx and opex, less downtime, BYOD, greater scalability, quicker deployment, greater security, remote management. 

Since cloud services can be accessed from anywhere, the wireless network can be managed from on-site, from home, or from any other location with a wireless connection.