A couple of months ago I designed a Cisco Unified Wireless Network for an enterprise company. One of the big challenges was the ability to serve wireless guest services in the branch offices, which are connected to the headquarters via MPLS. Mostly the MPLS connections are terminated in the LAN zone, so it is difficult to tunnel the guests via the corporate infrastructure to gain internet access. I achieved this in the Cisco environment with the Mobility Anchor feature. With this feature, you can offer a flexible and easy-to-implement method for deploying wireless guest services by using Ethernet in IP within a centralized architecture. Ethernet over IP is a proprietary tunnel across Layer 3 topology between two Cisco wireless LAN controllers. For more Information see: http://goo.gl/6pjXcZ Read More »
Employee are now unchained from their desks; mobility frees the ability to work anyplace, anytime, and from any device. This is revolutionizing the type of productivity and efficiency businesses see from their workforce- large, medium, or small. While realizing business efficiency and growth, midmarket IT is struggling to balance objectives (make the network for you) and challenges (limited resources).
Midmarket IT Objectives
Leverage the network as a strategic asset
To increase employee productivity and gain competitive advantage;
Better serving customers,
Thus realizing overall growth
Midmarket IT Challenges with Mobility and BYOD
The advent of mobility and BYOD, while unleashing unprecedented levels of communication and collaboration, brings challenges to IT. Mobility enables BYOD. BYOD enables multiple types of employees, logging in from multiple types of devices, from multiple locations. Users are demanding access to the Internet and applications wherever and whenever they want. Chaos? Anyone reading this won’t need the laundry list of concerns. It’s there.
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference will take place in San Antonio, TX from June 23rd through June 26th. ISTE is an annual conference providing hundreds of sessions, emerging education tech solutions, keynotes, face to face demonstrations and a collaboration of like-minded educators. To register for this event please click here.
Join Cisco BYOD Solutions for K-12 Education will be featured along with Cisco Meraki Cloud Solutions in booth 11270 for live presentations and face to face time with knowledgeable experts discussing innovative technologies utilized in today’s classrooms.
Co-Author: Sanjit Biswas, VP and GM, Cisco’s Cloud Networking Group
Since our acquisition of Meraki in late 2012, you have heard us talking about the midmarket and new opportunities for channel partners and customers. I’m pleased to say that today, at the Cisco Partner Summit in Boston, we have some exciting updates for you. Specifically, we’ll focus on our Made for Midmarket portfolio which includes a range of new product offerings, services and solutions designed for midsize customers.
As part of Cisco’s newly formed Cloud Networking Group, we are unveiling our complete cloud managed networking portfolio specifically focused for midmarket deployments, consisting of security appliances, switches and wireless LANs.
Get Your Heads in the Cloud – Services and Revenue Opportunities
New for partners today we are introducing the Cisco Meraki Managed Services Dashboard – bringing together a number of features for Managed Service Providers (MSP) to offer cloud-managed networking as a service to their customers. This MSP dashboard features specific tools, analytics and monitoring capabilities and is built to allow our service providers to manage end-customer networks easily from a central location while still maintaining separation and security of each customer network.
Key Highlights of the Managed Services Dashboard
- MSP Portal – Service providers can easily monitor the health of end-customer networks from a centralized location.
- Manage your Brand: MSPs can customize the logo on the dashboard to promote their own brand with end-customers. Cisco will work directly with the MSP to customize the content.
- Support Ticketing: Easy for MSPs to create, monitor and respond to support cases with Cisco staff.
- Remote Live Tools: A complete set of tools that make remote monitoring of the network significantly easier – a perfect fit for Helpdesk or Network Operations Center (NOC) staff.
- Partner Benefits: Using the new MSP dashboard, partners can increase profits through managed services, enable existing MSPs to profitably grow their midmarket offering and allow traditional VARs to quickly introduce managed service offerings.
MDM Today and the Future
Mobile devices have quickly become a mainstay in enterprise environments and continue to be consumer driven, and yet they find their way into our day-to-day business lives. As these new devices are being brought into the work environment by employees, enterprise IT is increasingly being forced to accommodate for business use. This is not new news. We observe this pattern through our customers today and live this phenomenon within our own everyday work environment at Cisco. Here at Cisco, employees have the flexibility to choose their device and to securely connect to voice, video and data services from anywhere under an Any Device policy. Cisco manages over 64,000 mobile devices today.