Many of the existing switch and wireless infrastructures that were deployed 5 or more years ago were not designed for BYOD, pervasive mobility, advanced security, SDN and more. Let us look at these trends and the benefits of upgrading the network infrastructure to the latest switching and wireless products.
BYOD and Mobility
There are multiple dimensions in which BYOD and mobility are pressuring the existing network. An average user now has 3x more devices. A company of 1,000 users seems like a company of 3,000 users. And, Internet of Things devices like sensors, CCTVs, and building automation are being connected to the network. Yesterday’s network cannot sustainably handle the exponential growth of these devices and applications. Upgrade to the latest switches and wireless infrastructure will give you more performance in terms of higher switching capacity, converged wired-wireless access & more processing power to handle the growth of devices/apps. The benefits are network can scale easily to support the influx of mobile & connected devices and their applications and your users get the same excellent experience whether wired or mobile. Read More »
Tags: 802.11ac, byod, catalyst, Catalyst 3650, Catalyst 3850, programmability, SDN, software defined networks, switches
Today I’d like to share some thoughts on Cisco’s approach to Business-to-Employee (B2E) mobility and draw attention to today’s mobility announcements.
After more then ten years working on the amazing roller coaster called Cisco Data Center, most recently leading marketing for our desktop virtualization solutions, I was looking for something different and equally exciting to dig my teeth into. As fate would have it there was an opportunity to help drive Cisco’s fast evolving Enterprise Mobility strategy. It shouldn’t be surprising to anyone that mobility is a big deal at Cisco today. We’re all experiencing the impact of mobile devices in our private lives – and now more and more in the workplace too.
IT’s approach to mobile is changing too. Changing from “Look out! There’s a tsunami of mobile devices coming our way!” to “This mobile thing could really help make our organization more agile and our employees more productive and happy – let’s get in ahead of the tsunami and make it work for us.”
A recent Cisco mobility survey really brings this home. According to the survey, of the 400 mid-market and enterprise IT decision makers from the U.S. surveyed, 51% already had an organization-wide mobility strategy. Of those with a strategy, 63% actually thought having a strategy was helping them simplify their mobility projects. In another recent mobility survey, this time from Accenture, of 400 global IT decision makers, 73% said that mobility will impact their business as much as or more so than the web did!! That says it all.
I believe that mobility is a journey that every organization is making at its own pace. At Cisco we refer to this as the Mobile Workspace journey.
The journey often starts with just simply securing mobile devices and their access to the corporate network, the device-focused phase. Whether corporate-liable devices or employee-owned (BYOD) or guest devices, IT’s first need is to provide an easy way to on-board them and let them get to the resources they are authorized to access. Read More »
Tags: B2E, mobility
The profound impact mobile devices has had on IT over the last decade is undeniable. Many can argue is it the largest of the four forces driving the next evolution of IT: Social, Mobility, Analytics and Cloud (SMAC). It’s hard to imagine the pace of social network evolution without mobile devices. Or the mass migration to cloud without the ‘App revolution.’ Our mobile devices are the critical ‘sensors’ driving the mass movement of big data and analytics, quickly evolving to connected things, the ‘Internet of Everything.’
With the advancement of ‘IoE,’ the next wave of mobile applications is upon us. The days of on-demand, ‘client-pull’ information is becoming legacy. We are moving to the ‘IoE’ world where context aware mobile applications, combined with big data and sensory networks, will intelligently push data in a very targeted, personalized and non-invasive way to clients. Read More »
Tags: byod, CMO, EMSP, IoE, LOB, mobile
When customers ask me why they should care about hybrid networks,
I ask them the following questions.
- Did the number of mobile devices in your enterprise increase?
- Did the number of applications on your datacenter increase?
- Do your employees and guests expect to stay continuously connected while in the office?
If the answer is yes to any of the above questions, you may need more bandwidth! If you want more bandwidth without a major increase in your OPEX, then you should consider hybrid networks.
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Tags: free webinar, hybrid networks, hybrid WAN, IWAN, IWAN Wednesday, PfR, PfRv3
Enabling a Platform for Branch Innovation
In an era of content explosion, where IT is challenged by exponential traffic growth due to mobility, video, cloud and Internet of Things – no place is this problem more acute than the branch office where businesses typically engage customers.
To address this critical need, Cisco is pleased to announce the availability of Cisco ISR 4451-X Converged Branch Infrastructure, a new platform for innovation that integrates world-class network, compute and storage to deliver unprecedented performance and power into an all-in-one box solution at an unbeatable total cost of ownership. This solution has also been recognized as one of the finalist for Best of Interop in the Networking category, which further underscores the unique innovation Cisco is bringing to the industry.
The solution includes: Read More »
Tags: Best of Interop Finalist, Cisco ISR 4451-AX, Converged Branch Infrastructure Solution, JouleX EnergyManager (JEM), UCS-E Series