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Geek out with Unified Access: Techwise TV

You read about the problem with “Too Many Remotes” last week with Frank Petkovitch—the IT world has a “band-aid” problem: one solution for each fix, resulting in disparate, disjointed solutions that don’t quite fit together under one fabric, requiring countless hours of valuable time and effort to maintain properly.

Lucky for you, Cisco’s enhanced Unified Access solution announced yesterday at Interop NY solves that problem: no more band-aids, just a single-pane-of-glass for policy, management, and network. It doesn’t get easier than that.

Join our favorite geeks Robb Boyd and Jimmy Rae Purser as they take us on a comprehensive overview of what Unified Access offers by dissecting the unified solution into one policy, one management, one network.

Discover what’s possible with Unified Access this week at Interop NY.

Next week on Wednesday, October 10, we’re holding a special webinar with Gartner so you can see how Cisco Unified Access can empower you and your company to gain new levels of visibility, flexibility, and control required to level up to greater business innovation. Register to learn more about our groundbreaking solution unification and how it can help your enterprise.

Summary: Cisco Unified Access Shines at Interop New York

Many of us are at Interop New York this week and we’re very excited. In New York, Mayor Michael Bloomberg runs the entire city from an iPad.  Tablets and smartphones enable new and innovative ways to engage employees, guests and customers; the technology tantalizes with the promise of business transformation. More organizations are allowing mobile and personal devices for work use. But there are also many challenges for IT during these technology transitions.  IT is struggling to keep up with the latest mobility trends.

As you know, we first launched Cisco Unified Access about 3 months ago at Cisco Live in San Diego.  Now at Interop New York, we are announcing a number of significant enhancements to the Cisco Unified Access solutions. Our enhanced solution enables IT to spend less time running the network and more time collaborating and innovating with the lines of business.  If IT organizations want to have a seat at the table and impact the business, a strong and agile IT platform is required, this becomes a business differentiator and will enable business transformation.

This is what Cisco Unified Access is all about – One Policy, One Management, One Network, enabling the IT platform to discover what is possible with the business.

Read the full article at Cisco Unified Access Shines at Interop New York.

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Cisco Unified Workspace Helps Schools Adopt BYOD with Ease

I’m switching gears from last week’s Public Sector BYOD Thursday blog on BYOD in the government – it’s time to talk about education!

While I was visiting my 6 year old niece in Denver last week, she amazed me with her agility when navigating the iPad.  I watched in awe as she surfed the American Girl website, downloaded videos from YouTube, and played games.  With children engaging so well with personal devices, it’s no wonder educators want to leverage technology as a learning tool.

While a BYOD-friendly environment certainly lends itself to greater productivity, mobility, flexibility and employee satisfaction, it also raises certain challenges, especially in education settings. After all, when it comes to schools, we’re not just talking about employees; staff, teachers and, most importantly, students all must be taken into consideration.

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MSE Blog Series Part 1: How to Optimize Your CleanAir Experience

This is the first in series of blogs discussing various features of the Cisco Mobility Services Engine (MSE), an integral, yet often overlooked component that can turbocharge your existing interference detection capabilities. This post describes MSE and how it can help locate interference in your wireless network.

So you have a CleanAir Solution comprised of top-grade, enterprise-class Cisco access points and controllers: finally, a network of minimized interference.

But what happens when a rogue device intrudes on your peaceful network? How can you maintain crisp, fast wireless performance?

Luckily for you, the enterprise-class wireless experience enabled by CleanAir technology can be further enhanced and maintained with Cisco’s Mobility Services Engine (MSE).

MSE is a platform on which you can run services like Context Aware Service (CAS), Wireless Intrusion Prevention Service (wIPS), and Mobile Concierge, all of which are services that can help in monitoring your wireless infrastructure. Designed to integrate with existing CleanAir infrastructure, MSE is a ground-breaking technology that allows network administrators to achieve extremely high quality, interference-less wireless performance.

How exactly does it do this?

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Too Many Remotes, Not Enough Time!

Does this picture remind you of your networks?

A friend of mine put this photo on Facebook one night with the quote, “..and I can’t find the remote I need to turn down the freakin’ sound bar!!!”

Even though we are techies, haven’t you had similar moments and frustrations? I have yet to find a great, intuitive, easy-to-use solution to solve the problem of multiple remotes.

Is managing your wireless and wired networks something like using multiple remotes? Do you have one management solution for the wired network, one for the wireless network; one policy and security application for BYOD, one for wired devices, and the list goes on.

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