Importance of High Availability: If you are reading this blog, you likely own 2-5 Wi-Fi-capable devices: laptops, mobile phones, or tablets. From employees to students, from doctors to guests, the common theme is that everyone now uses wireless as a preferred mode of access.
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Tags: 7.3, access point, AP, business continuity, byod, CAPWAP, Cisco Unified Wireless Network, controller, CUWN, failover, HA, High Availability, mobility, SSO, Stateful Switch Over, wireless, WLAN controller
It’s summer and my kids have been testing for swim certification so they can swim in the big pool. When they complain about the swim exam, I assure them that it’s not only to be safe, but also to validate that they have reached a recognized standard of performance. Similarly, governments worldwide require proof of certification before allowing equipment, including commercial wireless devices and technology, to be deployed on their networks.
With the growing trend towards BYOD, countless organizations must strategize how to best protect data in-transit across wireless networks, while optimizing the benefits of a mobile workforce. For government and public sector organizations, it is especially imperative that the solutions employed to mitigate risks associated with BYOD and WLAN are compliant with the highest standards and certifications.
Certification is an ongoing effort in a changing landscape. Cisco maintains an active product certification program for government customers by staying as current as possible with certifications to enable our customers to confidently deploy our solution. As of July 26, 2012, we are proud to announce the Common Criteria Certification award to one of our recent 7.0 software releases.
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Tags: access point, AP, byod, certification, Common Criteria, dod, fips, release 7.0, UCAPL, wireless LAN controller, wlan
Do you have an iPhone, Android, Samsung , or any other mobile phone? Not surprising since there will be 15 billion networked devices by 20151. With employees (yes, even IT themselves) bringing their mobile phones to work, businesses are seeing at least a doubling of mobile devices per employee; from laptop-only to laptop + mobile phone (+ tablet)2.
The IT department is faced with an increased burden on their existing wireless network, while securing email access from any platform and simultaneously ensuring an optimal, reliable user mobile experience. Offering a reliable, consistent user mobile experience used to be a luxury ask; today, it impacts employee productivity. Mobile employee productivity can range from wireless laptop access from conference rooms to roaming the within the building accessing corporate email from any mobile device. This is true for me (working at a large enterprise) and my husband (working at a medium-sized business).
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Tags: 802.11n, access point, Aironet, AP, byod, controller, Ironport, midmarket, midsize, mobile, mobility, network, networking, security, wi-fi, wireless
Extend the reach and speed of your wireless network
A small business makes big demands on its wireless network. It must be fast, so users never have to wait to connect to the local network or the Internet. The wireless network also needs to be able to run the demanding new communications applications that small businesses now rely on. It must even provide a blanket of reliable Wi-Fi coverage within the building premises so that users don’t have to be tied to their desks. And for a small business, high performance isn’t enough—because many smaller companies don’t have on-site IT staff, wireless access points (WAPs) must not only be easy to use and set up, but should also secure their network. The only way to meet these demands is with modern Wireless-N access points that are designed for the small business.
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Tags: AP, networking, selectable –band, small_business, WAP, wireless –N access_points, wireless-N, wireless_networks
As organizations look to improve operations through centralized control, they often need to take into account what would happen if an area of the network fails. In many cases, having a centralized controller-based wireless architecture in organizations with multiple branch offices has prompted the question, “What happens if the WAN is slow, or even worse, goes down?”
Many organizations have been reluctant to implement a centralized wireless controller located in the data center or private cloud due to this concern. Without centralized control, these organizations have two deployment strategies available to them:
- Implement wireless controllers at each branch site. This approach is perfectly fine for an organization with many Access Points per branch, or those that require high throughput for applications such as Video. However, many branches only require a few Access Points per location or require simple applications such as bar-code scanning and printing. For these organizations, local controllers become less cost effective, with the capital expense becoming prohibitive.
- Implement access points running in autonomous mode. This approach eliminates the benefits of having any kind of centralized control such as the ability to centrally configure wireless policy and security setting on access points, WIPS capabilities and advanced mobility services like CleanAir, leaving the branch vulnerable and opening the corporate network to attacks.
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Tags: access point, AP, WAN, wi-fi, wifi, wireless, wireless controller, wlan