When it comes to discovering available resources, Apple and WiFi networks can quite literally speak a different language. Apple has always done things a little differently. That’s one reason Apple is Apple. But with the ballooning share of iPhone and iPads on the enterprise network, it’s time for a little cross platform diplomacy.
A recently posted survey found that 8 in 10 businesses are using cloud in some capacity and more than half of businesses plan to increase their investment in cloud in 2012. As businesses are making the transition to rolling out their cloud deployments, they’re facing challenges of connecting branch offices and other remote locations.
If your organization has started rolling out cloud – how have you handled it? Are you facing difficulties with connecting your remote offices to provide a seamless end-user experience? Does your company have deep visibility into application behavior and the right insights to enable accurate capacity planning?
Let Them Eat Tablets: BYOD Drives Employee Satisfaction
My observation from talking to customers and seeing how bring your own device (BYOD) is being adopted is that there are two scenarios for the BYOD business case:
- Application-specific mobility: specific industry applications with a proven ROI
- Enterprise-wide mobility: adoption over many enterprises, regardless of industry type or worker type, softer or harder-to-prove ROI
The first scenario is one where IT will provide employees with a mobile device. This scenario is industry-specific, has a shorter time to return on investment, is simpler to quantify, and the ROI is easier to prove. Devices stay in the control and ownership of the organization and its IT department. This scenario includes capturing data at the point of retail activity and enabling data capture and access to workers who traditionally do not sit at desks in front of PCs.
The second scenario is where the true BYOD explosion is happening and has the potential to change the way we work everywhere. Cisco’s Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) recently conducted a survey, Read More »
Several years ago, I went on a cruise with my family. There were fun things to do on board the ship, and we even had ample time left over for other things after dining, exercising, and relaxing on the sun deck. At one point, I came across a brochure about the on-board power system innovations that really impressed me. In the past, dedicated diesel engines were used for different purposes such as propelling the ship and generating electricity for cabins. The new system pooled output from these engines to form a single power plant that delivered power for everything on board, allowing greater control of power and better efficiency. That was an excellent example of system resource consolidation and pooling to me, which is showing up in other technology areas as well, such as data center virtualization.
A newly published Cisco switching case study provided a lot of insight on how Norwegian Cruise Line deployed the latest technologies to innovate guest experiences in the cruise ship industry,
and to optimize IT operations. Whether guests want to completely unplug or still stay connected, Norwegian is enhancing guest experiences with better access to entertainment, communications, goods, and services through a more advanced network on its newest ships.
The Norwegian Epic, Norwegian’s largest and most innovative cruise ship, debuted in 2010 with a long list of never-before-at-sea features. What keeps the 19-story high “city at the sea”, 4100 cabins and 1900+ crew members all together? Here’re some ideas:
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Today, many organizations are focusing on how to integrate IPv6 services into their Internet edge. The World IPv6 Launch has come and gone with over 3000 sites now IPv6-enabled. In addition, the US government has directed that all agencies must enable their Internet facing services for IPv6 by October 1st, 2012. These drivers are pushing organizations to take a harder look at how to approach IPv6 integration. My next couple of posts will examine how to interface with your Internet Service Provider (ISP).
The Internet edge is the point in your network where your organization will interface with the IPv6 Internet, and it is how customers will access your services. It is important that your ISP have the same Service Level Agreement (SLA) as your IPv4 point of attachment. After all, you are going to be running your business over both IPv4 and IPv6 for quite some time. To ensure that your ISP’s IPv6 services meet your business and technical requirements, I’ve compiled a list of questions to ask. The questions are grouped along the lines of how IPv6 is physically delivered, how the control plane is handled, and the services that are offered. The following are several example questions: