In a survey of over 600 Cisco customers, 78% said they consider all or part of their wireless network to be mission critical. Because wireless networks are commonly seen as critical to organizational success, users have come to expect the same quality of experience on the network whether individuals are working in a static location in the office or on the go. An architectural approach to infrastructure design can help make this possible.
Today at Interop and the Cisco Partner Summit, we announced new Borderless Mobility technologies and services that will enhance the ability of organizations to deliver the Borderless Mobility experience regardless of location or device.
Network services for high-performance wireless. In the same survey of Cisco customers, 54% indicated that RF interference causes wireless network performance problems. IT managers are having difficulty managing network performance in the context of interference caused by the unprecedented growth in Wi-Fi and non-Wi-Fi devices that share the unlicensed spectrum.
New Cisco CleanAir technology protects 802.11n network performance by creating a self-healing, self-optimizing wireless network that mitigates RF interference. Based on custom ASIC-level intelligence, CleanAir technology automates the detection of a broad range of interference sources, provides visual system-wide maps, and takes automatic action to make optimal corrections. CleanAir technology is enabled by the advanced circuit design of the Cisco Aironet 3500 Access Points, as well as Cisco wireless controllers, the Cisco Wireless Control System, and the Cisco 3300 Mobility Services Engine.
Borderless access. The expectation of anywhere, any time connectivity necessitates unified access networks that integrate 802.11n wireless with high-speed Gigabit and 10 Gigabit Ethernet wired networks. New offerings from Cisco on this front include Cisco Unified Wireless software version 7.0 and two new 802.11n access points. The Aironet 3500 Series contains CleanAir technology and is a sleek indoor 802.11n device with internal or external antennas. The Aironet 1260 Series is a ruggedized indoor 802.11n access point for the extreme temperature ranges found, for example, in manufacturing facilities and warehouses.
Mobility user services. In March, we announced the AnyConnect Secure Mobility solution for a seamless always-on VPN experience across laptop and smartphone-based mobile devices. Cisco is continuing to add services for rich voice, video, and data communications with the new WebEx mobile collaboration solution for Research in Motion devices and the new Voice over Wi-Fi client for the iPhone.
Be sure to check out our new site with information and resources on CleanAir technology and the Borderless Mobility architecture [link to website] And if you’re reading this blog from Interop, don’t miss Chris Kozup’s Thursday session on “Bridging the Wired/Wireless Gap.”