In the United States, the Fourth of July is synonymous with weekend getaways, backyard barbeques, fireworks, and, for those of us fortunate to live near a body of water… water sports. And so it was on this fourth of July, I found myself sitting in the garage staring at the inner workings of my 1988 MasterCraft ski boat. My boat was my firstborn child – I loved it, cared for it, and pampered it. This weekend, it got very sick… it coughed and wheezed and stalled, though it valiantly tried to plod on across our local waterways.
Diagnosing my boat’s malady reminded me of just how far technology has come in the last decade. My boat, being an older model, has little in the way of computers or electronic controls, while newer models offer state-of-the-art computers and diagnostic systems that increase performance and decrease likeliness of failure.
Cisco’s Borderless Network solutions share a similar set of innovations designed to increased performance and reliability. One great example of this is Cisco’s CleanAir technology. Many customers today run business critical wireless networks, but often they still depend on technology nearly a decade old. Cisco’s 3500 series of CleanAir access points offer all the benefits of next-generation 802.11n Wi-Fi technology, plus the added benefit of ASIC-based RF intelligence – technology which monitors and automatically tunes the network to avoid performance-diminishing interference. And like a modern engine, a CleanAir-enabled network can even tell you when something is going wrong, and take corrective action to mitigate the performance impact.
Unfortunately, replacing the engine in my MasterCraft is a tedious and time consuming process. But CleanAir can be deployed transparently in your existing network, bringing new levels of performance and manageability as you gracefully migrate to 802.11n technology. In the end, you’ll have a higher performing network that delivers the seamless, reliable, secure communications that Cisco’s Borderless Network Architecture promises.