Over the past three years that I have been with the Cisco Mobility Solutions team I have witnessed multiple market transitions that are shaping the communications, collaboration and access landscape.
Today, we are experiencing yet another market transition, one that we have been anticipating for quite a while. AT&T announced the end of unlimited Internet on smartphone devices, such as the Apple iPhone. To non-US mobile users this may not be a big deal as many international service providers already either cap usage or charge on a per MB or GB for data usage. For those of us in the US however, this is major news that will most certainly have implications in:
- User experience and usage patterns
- Guest access network (aka Wi-Fi hotspots) proliferation
- Enterprise wireless network demand -- driven from the continued consumerization of IT
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As wireless networks become increasingly mission critical and users go more mobile, uptime and security become increasingly important. Learn how you can proactively monitor, analyze, and mitigate any interference sources remotely and help ensure that security policies are consistently maintained for users accessing the network from mobile phones and other devices.
Learn how the latest developments from Cisco enable you to dramatically simplify your wireless network management, troubleshooting, and security burdens. Discover how Cisco CleanAir technology can automatically identify, locate, and overcome any interference source operating in the shared spectrum, including non-802.11 devices, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Find out how the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility solution combines always-on connectivity and comprehensive web security for mobile workers, relieving a major security concern for IT.
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This is not a Crest toothpaste ad. And we’re not holding a winning Power Ball ticket. But we are grinning ear to ear with smiles of victory! It’s been two weeks since InformationWeek announced that the Cisco Aironet 3500 Series Access Point with CleanAir technology won Best of Interop for the Wireless and Mobility category and we still can’t wipe the smiles off of our faces.
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What a week! With much excitement we announced the latest additions to our 802.11n Access Point Portfolio on Tuesday (among other things). But the biggest news is our integrated spectrum intelligence technology we call CleanAir – read our press release here – which also won the 2010 Best of Interop Award for Wireless and Mobility.
Judging from press coverage and the excitement that surrounded our demos at Interop of this groundbreaking technology, gives our marketing team a great sense of accomplishment, which has come at a price. Over the past couple of months, and while the team was pulling late hours to prepare for the launch one of my key stakeholders, my wife, was probably one of the few people not excited about this launch.
Questions like “When are you coming home?” dominated our day-time phone conversations, followed by confused night-time talks that sounded like “Clean Air…what?, when I tried to explain to her what the product does. But I don’t blame her, any time she uses the microwave oven in our house, or talks on the cordless phone she is not on her MacBook Pro surfing the Internet. Miraculously though, she works on her laptop consistently next to the wireless video baby monitor without noticeable interference.
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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.
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