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Tablets Welcomed. Can Your Wireless Network Support the User Experience Expected of These Sleek Devices?

Ok, so maybe you are starting to give in to the idea that, employees bringing personally owned tablets at work, is indeed not a fad and you have to deal with it. You have decided on a BYOD strategy that protects company and network resources, while (mostly?) satisfying user appetite for connectivity anywhere from any device.

Great! Now. Is your 802.11n wireless network capable of delivering the user experience that is associated with these new sleek gadgets?

If you thought your network is “good enough”, then think again. This client wave is about to disrupt everything in multiple ways.

  • First, more devices on the network translate to significantly higher demands for bandwidth. In many cases bandwidth requirements can grow exponentially because the ratio of user to devices is no longer 1:1 but 1:2 and often 1:3. We therefore expect to see network utilization significantly rise over time.
  • Second, tablet form factor now allows users to truly be mobile. Unlike laptops, users can now walk/move and be productive at the same time. This new type of behavior will increase the number of clients roaming between access points.
  • Finally, it has been observed that tablets are primarily used for content consumption (as opposed to creation), and video is one of the predominant types of content being consumed, which further complicates bandwidth issues, but also creates new challenges.

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How Do You Plan for 2011 – Part 3: Embrace Mobile Computing the Smart Way

January 21, 2011 at 8:25 am PST

Gadgets, gadgets and more gadgets. They are coming like mushrooms after a soaking spring shower.  More than 80 tablets were launched at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in early Jan. On top of that, Microsoft announced that a future version of its Windows OS will run on ARM-based chips that power mobile phones and tables, in addition to the x86 chips used for PCs. A 4G wireless version of Cisco’s mobile business tablet Cius made news with a joint announcement with Verizon Wireless. It’s a sign of the times that the buzzword “app” was voted the 2010 “Word of the Year” by the American Dialect Society. And one more thing: IDC predicts that in 2012, the number of mobile devices is likely to reach 462 million, exceeding PC shipments.

Today, almost one in five (18%) employees is not allowed to use their iPods at wok, based on Part II of Cisco’s Connected World Report.  But this trend is unlikely to continue.  Employees expect to have more flexible work options including mobility.  So how do you prepare your organization’s mobile computing strategy, to help achieve best employee productivity and user experience?

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