The propagation of wireless devices and advancements in Wi-Fi technology are changing our expectations for wireless networks. Cisco’s Greg Beach, Director of Wireless Networking, sees this first-hand working with both Cisco customers and Cisco’s own wireless development engineers. These are his observations…
Consumers and professionals in sectors from education and healthcare to retail and manufacturing and beyond increasingly depend on wireless networks to do work and connect to others, and they demand high performance and reliability.
From the perspective of IT administrators and network managers, meeting these expectations in the coming year will be challenging. In particular, there are three major trends affecting Wi-Fi networks that will present challenges for the people at the front lines of network management.
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When it comes to your network, what’s most important to you? It seems like such a simple question. And yet, ask 50 different network operators and you can be guaranteed to get a rather wide range of responses. That’s what we did recently on the CiscoGeeks twitter feed.
Now granted, the sample size is small. (We actually ended up with 51 respondents.) And it is certainly a biased set of respondents – CiscoGeeks twitter followers. The results nonetheless are interesting, especially, given that the profile of the CiscoGeeks follower is likely to be a person who operates a Cisco network and is also just as likely to possess a solid technical background and curious nature with respect to networks and networking technology. After all, they are following a twitter feed called CiscoGeeks.
And now for the results…
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Keeping up with technology advancement is critical for many of us because of its real world impact. This explains, for example, why many people signed up for the Cloud Security Alliance Summit at the 2010 RSA Conference in San Francisco last month. I witnessed that many people were turned away because demand for the session far exceeded what the conference room could accommodate.
The other side of the coin is how some of the long time customer challenges are being addressed. A recent study by TheInfoPro (Information Security Wave 12) shows that user awareness and compliance are still the top 2 information security pain points for customers – not cloud computing, virtualization or any other specific technologies although many of them have their own fair share of security concerns.
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Healthcare is in dire need of reform and innovation. Western economies are spending between 8-17% of GDP on healthcare costs (with widely varying results—note: those that spend the most aren’t getting the best results).1 Increases in costs are rising faster than inflation or average earnings. Sooner or later something has to give. Geoffrey Moore2 likes to say that when there’s an imbalance of supply and demand, innovation thrives.
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A few weeks ago, while we were busy preparing for our Borderless Networks announcement on March 17th, we got some pleasant news from our marcom team. The Cisco ASR 1000 series won the Network World Testers’ and Bloggers Best of Tests award. The fact that the product won the award was itself not a surprise for us. But the timing of it was certainly unexpected.
Network World began their review with the statement – “With Enterprises looking to consolidate data centers and devices, Cisco’s ASR 1000 series routers offered a compelling message: Do more with less”. They accompanied this with a write-up called “Cisco’s ASR 1000 router built for 10-year tenure”
Network world couldn’t have gotten it more right. The ASR 1000 celebrates its second year anniversary this month, but has already gained considerable traction among our Enterprise and Service Provider customers gradually becoming the workhorse in a variety of deployment scenarios.
The portfolio also has continued to grow with new routers being added to the mix, addressing a broad spectrum of price and performance needs. It is also a key component of Cisco’s Borderless Networks thrust, and has broken ground on a number of new innovations, while continuing to beat the price/performance curve among products in its class. It is ideally suited for video delivery, has instant-on service delivery, carrier-class availability and a smaller carbon footprint. Innovations like the Webex node on the ASR 1000 are unique to the industry complement cloud computing solutions with a mixture of on-demand and on-premise offering.
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