Almost anywhere you go nowadays, you have internet access at your fingertips. With the trend of smart phones, tablets, and other personal devices taking flight, we’re just a touch away from being connected – and with that comes high expectations.
Not only are we experiencing an influx of mobile users, but these devices are being incorporated into the workspace. In order to support this influx, we need a simple, unified network that ensures the greatest experiences for employees as well as consumers.
Cisco® has a brand new resource suited specifically to help you understand and meet these expectations. It is called Cisco Mobilize, and features best practices, expert advice, and customer stories regarding the latest in creating a unified mobile workspace. Read More »
Lots of big announcements around the new Catalyst 3850 that are very very interesting for how we design networks. Check out our latest ‘Fundamentals’ to fully appreciate what has been accomplished here!
Every day educators and students from more than 400 locations across Washington State have world-class educational resources at their fingertips, and every day they rely on the same network to access it.
In 1996, Washington legislators and educational leaders saw the Internet’s potential to transform learning. To guarantee that students across the state would always have equal access to online courses, resources, programs and degrees, they passed a bill to create a single broadband network that would connect all educational institutions.
The project, dubbed the K-20 Education Network, required a network that was high-performing, cost-effective, secure, scalable and reliable. Six years after the bill was passed, Washington State has a fast and reliable network that connects 99.8 percent of the state’s schools, community colleges, universities and libraries giving 1.5 million students access to the Internet and voice and videoconferencing services.
After a long day of showing the Cisco BYOD Smart Solution and Cisco Connected Mobile Experiences solutions at the 2013 National Retail Federation (NRF) trade show, I am waiting for a colleague to meet me for a well-deserved dinner. I had many, and yes there were MANY, conversations with Retail IT professionals, and nearly every conversation I had seemed to revolve around the same two problems:
How do I allow employees and / or customers to access the network when I don’t have dedicated local IT support?
How do I give up the control and make sure my security and compliance requirements are met?
We know almost all organizations are struggling with BYOD, but it’s now clear that the lack of local IT support adds a new dimension to the problem. With the increased adoption of mobility, there’s also the added complexity of security and compliance, and with all the connected consumers walking around, it’s becoming a growing concern in the retail space. Retail organizations want to take advantage of the promise that leveraging Wi-Fi access to engage with employees and customers, but fear the management and security of such services.
Fortunately, Cisco is addressing both these issues with its mobility solutions.