The WiFi industries latest standard—802.11ac wave 2—is now upon us. This version of WiFi smashes the Gigabit barrier and promises to raise the performance of wireless network to levels never seen before. 802.11ac wave 2 is ideally suited to meet the new demands created by the influx of wirelessly connected devices being brought into businesses at an unprecedented rate. Make no mistake, for most workers today, the wireless network is not just an alternative way to connect. Rather, it has become the primary access network for most businesses and is creating new experiences and new ways of engaging customers and workers.
There’s another aspect of this WiFi version that is unique, wave 2 is the first WiFi standard that will dictate the architecture of the wired network. Prior to wave 2, the wired network had always outperformed wireless so business could deploy WiFi without much impact to the wired network. With wave 2, the wireless network will have as good—or better—performance than wired switches. Now businesses can enable more devices per user, such as stream 4K video over WiFi, and be assured their Internet of Things deployments go smoothly. Read More »
Tags: 802.11ac wave 2, Cisco Mobility, wifi, wireless
As organization race to digitize their businesses, building a mobile strategy is a top priority. A mobile strategy is not just about building mobile apps, then calling it a day. Let’s take a look at these unsettling stats: Organizations are spending $270K per business app on average and yet only 46% of executives indicate adoption and deployments have been effective. Clearly businesses cannot afford these types of results in today’s competitive landscape.
Organizations need to shift their focus from the Mobile App to the Mobile Experience. This means before anyone starts porting applications to mobile devices, businesses and IT must team up to assess their joint goals and list out the most common mobility use cases for their employees, customers and partners. This effort will help the organization prioritize requirements for better results in the near-term.
IT needs to assess their readiness for the full mobile journey end-to-end, and ensure every team – desktop services, application development, business analytics, security operations, network operations – can support the expected user experience and business outcomes. For example, many retailers are building mobile sales associate apps to allow salespeople to freely move around the store and show online catalogs, lookup inventory and transact point-of-sales wherever customers are located. But if the application is slow, they’ll either be abandoned by the roaming salespeople or, worse, they’ll create a painful experience for customers as they and the salesperson are forced to wait for these ‘time saving’ devices to load. Either way, the mobile investments will be a total loss.
Learn from the Experts to Accelerate Your Mobile Journey
If you are attending Cisco Live in San Diego next week, you can meet with experts sharing best practices across every stage of the mobile journey, including how to:
- Engage employees and customers with context aware data that delivers more personalized experiences
- Protect users, data, and the business through network-enabled security
- Accelerate mobile experiences with seamless onboarding and an agile network
- Discover business and IT insights through network analytics that allow you to continuously improve upon the experience
Be sure to check out these sessions to learn how Cisco solutions can help mobilize your business, including our newest 802.11ac Wave 2 innovations. Read More »
Tags: #CLUS, 802.11ac wave 2, Cisco Mobility, cmx, EMSP, Hyperlocation, wireless
Guest blog written by, Julia Slocombe, Vice President of Operations, Western Region at Smart City Networks
Providing dependable wireless communication in the convention industry requires a combination of artful networking design, hardware strength from top-of-the-line equipment, and execution from skilled technicians and administrators. With the partnership of Cisco, the Smart City Networks team has been able to do just that for the more than 35 convention and meeting facilities we service across the country.
Over the past two years, the Santa Clara Convention Center (SCCC) has played host to over one thousand events, with each event seeking seamless connectivity and robust Wi-Fi bandwidth to support a myriad of mobile devices. By relying on the vast industry knowledge of our on-site Smart City Networks leads and the hardware reliability of Cisco, the SCCC can satisfy the WiFi demands of their attendees. Through Smart City’s implementation of a dynamic, scalable wireless network, the SCCC is capable of meeting the needs of all attendees, from 10 to 100,000.
Smart City manages hundreds of access points at the SCCC facility Read More »
Tags: Cisco, connectivity, mobile devices, mobile technology, mobility, Santa Clara Convention Center, Service Provider, smart city networks, wireless
#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists. Today we’ll be talking about 4G with Cisco Systems Engineer, Cellular Wireless Technology, David Mindel.
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David Mindel, Systems Engineer, Cellular Wireless Technology
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What is 4G LTE?
How it relates to IWAN
Use cases for 4G
Hardware used with 4G
Managing incoming connections on 4G
Using 4G for last mile network access
4G and geo-fencing Read More »
Tags: #CiscoChampionRadio, 4G LTE, cellular, wireless
Last week, I shared with you how to set up WAN networking with Cisco Prime Infrastructure. Today, as the second blog of my 5-part blog series, I’m going to discuss with you how to connect your branch site users to the LAN and wireless network with Prime. Before I go further, just as a quick heads up, here’s my weekly blog series plan on how to set up networking with Prime for a new branch site.
Your new branch router is up and running. Cisco IWAN is working beautifully. You can’t wait to connect your branch users to their LAN and wireless access network. Mobility is what everyone automatically counts on these days. Cisco forecasts an 18-fold growth in mobile traffic from wearable devices along from 2015 to 2019. Meantime, wired LAN is still critical. IP phones, printing and some business functions depend on rock solid wired LAN access. You want to set up your wired and wireless access for success. A big challenge is how to keep it simple and easy to manage. Read More »
Tags: branch site, Converged Access, IWAN, mobile devices, one management, One Network, one policy, PI 2.2.1, Prime Infrastructure, tech pack, Technology Packs, wired LAN, wireless, Wireless Pack