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School’s In: Flexible Radio Assignment

If you are in IT, you’re being asked to support more wireless devices – both end user and non-user – as well as the ever growing applications they use. These applications, such as video and collaboration, are far more bandwidth intensive and add large amounts of traffic to the network. This high-density environment could create a bottleneck on your network. Users may carry three or more devices and will come and go at various times, creating an unpredicted high density scenario your network may not be ready for.

With Cisco’s Aironet 2800 and 3800 Series Access Points, we support the latest Wi-Fi Standard 802.11ac Wave 2 providing more bandwidth for more devices. We go beyond the standard to provide advanced innovation that self-optimizes your network in those unpredicted times of high density. This feature is called Flexible Radio Assignment. It automatically detects when a high number of devices are connected to a network by using the dual radios in the access point to serve more clients, while still monitoring the network for security threats and RF Interference that may affect performance. Flexible Radio Assignment is a Cisco Innovation designed to provide a better mobile user experience for high density networks.

Cisco_FlexibleRadio_Blog1-01Today is not just another ordinary day at Cisco University. Though students are dispersed throughout the school, the entirety of the student body will gather for a surprise guest speaker in the lecture hall. Read More »

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Shape Shifting Meets Accessorizing – the Latest Mobile Devices & Connections Trends

To say that global device and connections are growing is a true understatement. And this growth is rapidly shifting.

By 2020, there will be 8.5 billion handheld or personal mobile-ready devices and 3.1 billion machine-to-machine (M2M) connections supported by mobile networks. From smartphones and tablets to PCs and “phablets”, mobile digitization and wearables adoption is creating new demands on wireless infrastructures.

On the heels of last week’s 10th annual VNI Mobile Forecast update, take a visual journey into the major role digitization, personal devices and M2M connections have on mobile data traffic growth.

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The Shift from PCs to Smartphones

Each year, new devices in different form factors and with increased capabilities and intelligence are introduced to the global market. For the 2015 VNI Mobile Forecast, phablets were added as a new subcategory within the smartphone segment, which is projected to grow from 38% of all mobile connections in 2015 to 48% of all mobile connections by 2020. Within the same time frame, the overall share of nonsmartphone devices–like PCs–will decline from 50% of all mobile connections in 2015 to 21% by 2020.

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Expanding Your Network, Creating More Bandwidth

When you think about it, your network is a lot like the road to a small town on the cusp of an incredible population explosion. There’s a nice infrastructure supporting the small amount of people leaving and returning, and that’s all that’s needed. As more people find out about this wonderful place, the town grows and that two-lane highway can’t support the influx of new people making their lives there. Suddenly there are traffic snarls, roads are constantly in disrepair and trash is strewn everywhere.

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The town grew too fast and it needed better, wider roads to allow traffic to flow freely.

Thanks to more devices, data-intensive apps (video and Voice Over Wi-Fi) and the Internet of Things, your network is going to witness a boom similar to that small town—and it’s going to be sooner than you think. Unlike that town that was blindsided by change, you can anticipate and proactively solve this growth problem right now.

For a full overview of the recent Cisco NPI Launch, click here.

Cisco Aironet 2800 and 3800 Series Access Points (APs) are the high-performance products that enlarge your bandwidth and eliminate data Read More »

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Slow and Steady Doesn’t Win This Digital Business Race

Image for BlogWhen I talk to network professionals, I routinely ask them about the one part of their job that keeps them up at night. The thing that consistently comes up is their network speed required for delivering a consistent reliable user experience: or specifically, the lack of it. They usually follow up this admission by saying that their network is not always slow, but the rate at which the business introduces new applications and new ways of leveraging technologies is definitely trending towards the network not being able to keep pace.

I know exactly what they’re talking about. Unfortunately, with the way things are trending, going with the idea of, “It has always worked, why change it?” is becoming less of a viable solution.

In the coming years, thanks to the accelerated pace of BYOD/CYOD and IoT adoption, this trend will be extremely important for IT to address. In fact, according to the Virtual Mobile Networking Index, wireless traffic will increase ten-fold by 2019. Not only will more devices be connecting to the network, but also they will access a lot more business critical applications requiring performance, reliability, and user experience than ever before.

Sorry network pros, but your legacy network’s performance and reliability are going to be scrutinized more than ever. Read More »

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Cisco Brings the Future to German Food Manufacturer

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What happens when your company succeeds beyond its wildest imagination? If you’re the German food corporation Seeberger, you complete revamp your warehouse and transform it into a building with a top-of-the-line wireless network.

Though the company had thought long and hard over how the business should evolve, the wireless network solution wasn’t made over night. After reviewing three vendors and choosing Cisco (due to Cisco having the most complete and simple solution) Seeberger built out their wireless network gradually and carefully. Now their entire campus is connected via 200 Cisco Aironet 1600 Series Access Points and Cisco 5500 Series Wireless Controllers.

With the entire operation wireless, it has allowed warehouse operations to be automated. Whether its the temperature and humidity being controlled in the raw goods warehouse to technicians checking sprinkler systems and recording the results anywhere on campus, the company is run in a more efficient automated way. Read More »

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