Editors Note (by Lauren): In the delightful haze of posting a blog at midnight last night, I accidentally posted Eric’s blog to Mobility instead of the Borderless blog. If you came here looking for his full post -- you can find it here: http://blogs.cisco.com/borderless/infrastructure-for-megatrends/ and the introduction is below for your reading pleasure.
In my job as Cisco’s Field & Sales CTO for Borderless Networks in the Cisco EMEAR Theatre, I have the privilege of working directly with many Cisco customers and partners. The majority of these folks are what you’d call “Technical Decision Makers” and CTOs. They’re the IT leaders who do the planning, the strategy, and work on the evolution of their infrastructure.
And frankly, in my 20 years in the IT industry, I have never witnessed such a perfect IT storm!
We are in the midst of a time in IT, where, for most organizations, the current megatrends are having a profound impact on the relevance of their IT. This is felt in both the infrastructure technologies as well as the solutions required to support those megatrends.
It was not that long ago that whenever I read an article about IPv6, it usually discussed how the IPv4 Address depletion in other countries. At that time, the adoption of IPv6 was coming from other countries that where the v4 address space was depleted, the US Government, or Service Provider. Well fast forward only a few years and you can include Enterprise Networks in that mix.
Driving this IPv6 train for enterprise networks is wireless technology and the enabling by-product, BYOD. Wireless technology, in particular, Wi-Fi has grown from a toy to a requirement in most businesses today. We have moved from 802.11b which gave you a max datarate of a paltry 11Mbps to 802.11n to a max datarate of 450Mbps if you currently deploy the Aironet 3600 Access Point that supports 4x4 MIMO; if not, it’s a max datarate of 300Mbps. Never mind the fact that we will soon see the Wave 1 version of 802.11ac will have a datarate of 1.3Gbps and Oh BTW, Wave 2 promises a scorching datarate of 6.9Gbps!
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Now is the time to seize these opportunities. To expand education beyond classroom walls. To help teachers and learners collaborate more effectively. To create new teaching experiences that engage learners and improve outcomes. So tomorrow’s students will be prepared to take on the challenges of a rapidly changing world.
But first, schools of all levels must prepare by arming themselves with a solid network, strong policies, and seamless management.
Cisco’s Virtual Forum for Education can link you with educators and innovation leaders from around the world to talk about best practices and practical strategies to overcome the challenges of mobility and technology in the classroom. You will have the opportunity to interact live with education thought leaders and Cisco experts on trends and technologies that are shaping the future of education.
The virtual event is March 19th, 2013 in the Americas & Europe and March 20th for Asia Pacific.
Register before it’s too late!
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For more on Cisco Education solutions, visit Cisco K-12 Education BYOD Solutions.
Wouldn’t it be helpful if a transportation organization or an airport could use Wi-Fi signals and Wi-Fi location services to understand and plan for passenger flow?
The new Cisco Connected Mobile Experiences solution enables airports to not only augment the passenger experience and improve patron satisfaction, but also gain from benefits of greater insights on the passengers passing through their grounds.
Watch our 30 minute webcast (Available On Demand) to learn about the Wi-Fi technology behind the solution and strategies for how to create connected mobile experiences for passengers everywhere. You will learn:
- How Wi-Fi technology can enable airports to anonymously track passenger flow
- How location analytics can help airports understand passenger peak days and times
- How to use customized airport technology developed by leading airport IT provider, SITA
- How airports can make changes to plan and staff for incoming and outgoing travelers
- What additional mobile location-based revenue and passenger engagement opportunities are available for airports and transportation organizations
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A Pew Research survey on 2,462 teachers indicates that 73% of their students use mobile devices to complete assignments, 45% use e-readers, and 43% use tablets. Technology in the classroom is not a future trend, it is already here.
Cisco K-12 Education BYOD Solutions brings freedom to learn anytime and anywhere with Cloud-Managed or On-Premise deployments. To find out more about Cisco Education BYOD Solutions and to ensure your network is ready for BYOD please register to the Cisco Virtual Forum for education leaders. The BYOD Readiness Solutions booth is just one of many booths in the forum educating teachers, administrators, principals, curriculum directors and IT directors worldwide on Cisco solutions and services. The forum will take place March 19th, 2013 in the Americas & Europe and the 20th as an Asia pacific event. Register for the fast approaching event now!
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