By Peter Gaspar, Consulting Systems Engineer, Service Provider Mobility, Emerging Theater
It’s not new news that when it comes to network access, Wi-Fi technology is a cost-effective complement to macro radio access. Industry blogs continuously feature analysis about the economic advantages of using Wi-Fi as a small cell technology. No surprise, then, that many mobile operators have completed or are working seriously on plans to integrate this technology into their mobile ecosystems.
But when it comes to details, things start to get confusing. Terms like policy and charging, lawful intercept, mobility and SIM authentication start to pop up. The Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) has incorporated Wi-Fi (non-3GPP IP Access) as part of the LTE architecture, created the terminology and studied the Read More »
Tags: architecture, data offload, mobile, Service Provider, wi-fi, wifi
Navigating the BYOD onboarding process
I am not a car person. When asked to describe a vehicle, I start with color and the number of doors. Then I stop talking. However, for a short time, I worked for a luxury autos website. I could pick out a Maybach on the streets of Manhattan, I knew when Tesla was launching a new model and I could tell you which James Bond movie featured a vehicle other than an Aston Martin.
Now that I spend my days thinking about wireless networking and mobility, I’ve realized that my perception of Vegas has completely changed as well. Plans used to revolve around restaurants, craps tables and night clubs. Now, as I get ready to head to Interop Las Vegas 2012, I find myself wondering about the network. With thousands of participants simultaneously trying to gain connectivity with all of their mobile devices, I think about mitigating network interference, being prepared for high density and maintaining security for the participants and vendors at the event.
If you’re headed to Interop and these are things you wonder about as your network is growing, here is a heads up on the demos and speaking sessions that you cannot afford to miss.
Go Beyond BYOD with Cisco Demos Drop by our Interop Cisco booth (#1127)
11:00– 11:15 AM
4:30– 4:45 PM
|Go Beyond BYOD with Cisco Solutions. IT can now go beyond simply connecting mobile end devices; it can safely extend the right level of access in every situation with a unified security policy while ensuring an optimized, simply-managed experience for users with diverse device, security and business requirements.
10:15– 11:15 AM
| The Guide to Holistic BYOD Avoid turning “Bring Your Own Device” into “Bring Your Own Disaster.” Learn about the critical steps for planning a successful BYOD design and implementation.
2:30– 3:15 AM
| iPads on your network? Real Secure Mobile Solutions PANEL: The proliferation of mobile devices and tablets is changing the IT landscape. Join us in conversation with customers for insights in setting policies, kinds of access being granted, user expectations and management. This special customer panel will discuss how they are effectively managing the flurry of mobile devices and tablets in their networks.
11:30 – 12:30 PM
How BYOD is Driving Change in the Campus Network
The drivers of change in the campus network include the requirement to support a significant increase in video traffic, the need to support the movement of virtual machines within the campus data center and the burgeoning movement to bring your own device (BYOD). The panelists in this session will discuss technologies and design options that you can use to redesign your campus LANs.
Check out our Insider’s Guide to Interop for a list of great events covering Borderless Networks – everything from BYOD, to WAN Optimization and Cloud Connectivity! Thanks to Lauren for the great scheduler!
And if you were wondering, my car is a goldish, tan, four-door. And (just for fun) these are 007′s cars… not quite the same thing. Maybe one day!
Tags: AP 3600, byod, cleanair technology, demo, high density, Interop 2012, mobility, wireless
Tweet with peers and experts Tuesday, May 1 at 10 a.m. PST, about increasing mobile devices on your network and how you’re managing. #ciscowifi (what is a Tweetchat?)
When you live in the Bay Area, few things are consistent. With so many innovators in our midst, technology, culture and food are always evolving. The one thing we can count on is traffic. From Silicon Valley to the Golden Gate Bridge, there is nothing more predictable or aggravating. Which is why we treasure the ability to work from home, keep our hours flexible and leave our cars at home whenever possible. With bridge construction planned for the weekend, I knew I’d be relying on my bike to get around San Francisco without the frustration of getting stuck, waiting for space and looking for parking.
Similar, but slightly more technical, is preparing your network for high density as the influx of tablets and smart phones starts to crowd the network and affect performance. In both cases, the ideal scenario is to understand that there will be roadblocks, but to plan accordingly to maintain steady movement and efficiency. Our recent Mobility Tech Deep Dive Webinar “Understanding the Challenges and Solutions of Increasingly Crowded Networks” discussed the challenges organizations are facing and how they can plan for and avoid these challenges. Read my previous blog for a short introduction to the main points of that webinar.
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With all that has recently been written about BYOD, it’s clear that enterprise IT managers need to consider performance requirements on the wireless access point. With more clients accessing the network, the performance demands in terms of coverage and client density will increase. Furthermore, consumer devices such as smartphones and tablets may have difficulty connecting to an AP compared to a laptop. This could be attributed to the fact that most of these devices either do not support 802.11n or they support legacy 802.11g/a. If the devices support 802.11n is sometimes limited to 1x1 MIMO. An access point that has superior performance will be needed to address the growing needs of these new clients.
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Tags: 802.11n, byod, cleanair, ClientLink, wi-fi, wlan
As anyone who attended Cisco’s recent “BYOD without Compromise” Webinar noticed, the BYOD phenomenon is changing company priorities, and is bringing up a lot of questions about the solutions available to scale, secure and operate a successful network. Replay the Webinar
Join us for our upcoming #ciscowifi TweetChat during which you’ll be able to engage in a real time BYOD discussion on Twitter with Cisco Technical Experts. What is a TweetChat?
April 17, 10-11am PST: TweetChat Topic: BYOD and Cisco ISE – use #ciscowifi.
First, I’ve put together just a few details based on the most popular questions posed during the recent webinar about Cisco’s approach to BYOD. And at the end of this post, I’ve also listed upcoming events for even more in depth technical discussions on a variety of BYOD topics.
Enhanced Identity Services Engine (ISE):
Cisco ISE is a context-aware, identity-based platform that gathers real-time information from the network, users, and devices. This enables IT to offer mobile business freedom with policy for when, where and how users may access the network..
ISE integrates with Prime Network Control System and supports BYOD with any 11n Wireless Access Point (even if you’re running your network in FlexConnect -- aka HREAP- mode)
In addition to managing on-boarding, Cisco ISE has full guest lifecycle management. It also allows IT to deny access to devices for a variety of reasons; such as who you are, what device it is, if you are running the latest OS or anti-malware or how you are accessing the network..
Posture -- Posture is the component of ISE platform responsible for enforcement of corporate security policies governing access to its enterprise network. For example, for non-corp owned devices, you can decide what is the minimal requirements based on the device type/OS etc. Setting this up ahead of time will avoid security issues with non-supported devices
ISE also provides real-time endpoint scans based on policy to gain more relevant insight. These automated features result in a better user experience and more secure devices. Cisco ISE uniquely leverages the network. It is essentially the brains for secure access and provides the policy to the network infrastructure (it is woven into the switches, routers, etc.)
New Prime Infrastructure:
Prime is a single package that provides complete infrastructure – wired and wireless, and mobility lifecycle management– configuration, monitoring, troubleshooting, remediation, and reporting. This solution includes: Prime Network Control System (NCS) for converged wired/wireless monitoring and troubleshooting, plus wireless lifecycle management, with new branch network management functionality; and Prime LAN Management Solution, for wired lifecycle management and Borderless Network services management.
Mobile Device Management (MDM):
To protect data on mobile devices and ensure compliance, Cisco is integrating with multiple Mobile Device Management vendors. This gives IT greater visibility into the endpoint as well control over endpoint access based on the compliance of these devices to company policy (such as requiring pin lock or disallowing jailbroken devices), and the ability to do remote data wipes on lost or stolen mobile devices. If you don’t have a supported vendor, we will not be able to get as rich detail about the status of that device, however, you still get the full wired/wireless policy.
Current MDM third party vendors: Zenprise, Good, Airwatch, MobileIron
Device Operating Systems:
Wondering about which OS is preferred on your mobile device?
Cisco offers broad mobile device OS support in Cisco AnyConnect VPN software, including IOS, Android, and Windows Mobile.
When it comes to virtualization, Cisco has created the Cisco Virtualization Experience Infrastructure (VXI), an end-to-end systems approach that delivers the next generation virtual workspace by unifying virtual desktops, voice, and video. Check out the link for more information on VXI, VXI with Citrix, VXI with VMware, Virtualization Services and validated Design Guides http://www.cisco.com/web/solutions/trends/virtualization/index.html
This is just a drop in the bucket. To get even more information on taking your organization beyond BYOD, don’t miss our upcoming technical deep dive webinars and in person events that speak directly to managing your growing network while you’re doing your best with limited resources. You can also check out Cisco’s BYOD solution, Prime and ISE:
Tags: byod, cisco prime, ISE, mobility, policy, security, wifi