Within organizations of all stripes, we’re seeing fundamental transformations in how people connect on the network. Many have come to expect constant connectivity regardless of their location or device. Smartphones and other mobile devices that support sophisticated applications are becoming the norm. Video communications play an increasingly important role in our everyday use of the Internet, necessitating an enhancement of both wired and wireless networks to meet the challenge.
Today, Cisco announced new Borderless Access solutions that represent the next advancement in Borderless Networks. Wireless technologies are a big part of the borderless vision. Let’s zero in on several key wireless improvements that address these transformations taking place in a mobile world.
First, Cisco has enhanced the performance of 802.11n wireless networks, with VideoStream technology, which is a part of a broader Medianet framework within Borderless Networks. With more and more users depending on rich reliable video collaboration across wired and wireless networks, VideoStream makes this possible by providing capabilities like prioritization, QoS, and reliability for multicast video that together enhance the users experience across the network.
Second, the ISR G2 887 melds the second generation ISR with wireless mobility in the branch. High speed 3G over the 887 series makes wireless better at more points throughout the network.
Third, Cisco AnyConnect really brings the term “Borderless Networks” to life. Registered users can realize the goal of always-on connectivity in a way that’s consistent with smart security policies. Through a VPN client, access to the network from a variety of portable and hand-held devices and platforms happens automatically and remains constant as long as there is a wired or wireless connection available.
For organizations that place importance on mobility, the implications of these combined technologies can be powerful for IT -- core routing products supporting seamless, secure wireless activity and high-performance video applications. As the world goes mobile, so go Borderless Networks.