Employee are now unchained from their desks; mobility frees the ability to work anyplace, anytime, and from any device. This is revolutionizing the type of productivity and efficiency businesses see from their workforce- large, medium, or small. While realizing business efficiency and growth, midmarket IT is struggling to balance objectives (make the network for you) and challenges (limited resources).
Midmarket IT Objectives
Leverage the network as a strategic asset
To increase employee productivity and gain competitive advantage;
Better serving customers,
Thus realizing overall growth
Midmarket IT Challenges with Mobility and BYOD
The advent of mobility and BYOD, while unleashing unprecedented levels of communication and collaboration, brings challenges to IT. Mobility enables BYOD. BYOD enables multiple types of employees, logging in from multiple types of devices, from multiple locations. Users are demanding access to the Internet and applications wherever and whenever they want. Chaos? Anyone reading this won’t need the laundry list of concerns. It’s there.
Enterprise networks are special. They require bomb-proof design, micro-second convergence and service-level agreements so good that the WAN will only be down for half a second every year scheduled six weeks ahead of time for midnight over a holiday weekend. That’s what we’re taught from the time we’re young Network Engineers sitting on our parents’ knees. An Enterprise network is something special they taught us. We should never consider running our mission-critical traffic over the dirty, unreliable Internet! Such talk would be blasphemy akin to looking for a date at a funeral. It might work for some, but our network is special and must be treated that way.
So what is all of this talk then, coming from Cisco no less, of using Internet links to run an Enterprise-class network? Cisco recently introduced the Intelligent WAN (IWAN) solution that promotes exactly this sort of “illicit” behavior. So what’s changed?
We have discussed how these services are evolving, now moving to a per application, per session model which ensures that specific resources are allocated depending on the nature of the usage. Tools such as those provided by the medianet architecture, combined with changes in defaulting all traffic within the VPN session back to the corporate network, contribute to this evolution in session management.
Once again, we turn to Thomas Kernen to provide some insight into how recent technology improvements are designed to help with managing video traffic growth and enabling better content distribution models.
This week we have two opportunities for you to learn about Cisco technologies from company experts as well as our technology partners.
The first webinar, How Smarter Branches Lower Costs, is on Wednesday, December 11 at 8am Pacific and discusses how Cisco Intelligent WAN (IWAN) along with Akamai’s Unified Performance solution can help your branch offices can realistically utilize Internet as WAN for a cost-effective, reliable, and secure option.
A preview for this webinar is a quick video we did with Akamai in October!