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It Could Happen to You!

As I flew home from Interop Vegas the other night – quick side note: the event was great, check out an overview and a few fun TechWiseTV Videos: Keynote from Padma Warrior , Managing Beyond BYOD, Is Your Network Ready for Cloud? -  I realized that my kindle was not accessible, my laptop was dead and I’d already read the in-flight magazine. Given the close quarters of the commuter plane, I decided it would be okay to peek at what my neighbor was reading. As I glanced over, he turned to an article with a headline that screamed “It could happen to you!!” I then noticed it was a combat handgun magazine and decided I would give him some space.

With no reading materials, I started thinking about all of the situations that we as individuals and as organizations get into that feel secure, but which can actually be quite threatening. Those are the situations that make having insurance worthwhile. When it comes to security on the wireless network, nobody expects hackers and rogue attacks to infiltrate their network, but all of the smart network managers prepare for it anyway.

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Integrating Wi-Fi into Today’s Mobile Networks

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 »

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Change the way you think: BYOD at Interop Vegas 2012

Cisco ISE, NCS, part of Cisco BYOD Solutoin

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)

 

Tuesday

May 8

11:00– 11:15 AM

Wednesday

May 9

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.

Tuesday

May 8

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.

Tuesday

May 8

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.

Thursday

May 10

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!

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Heavy Traffic Ahead! Are you prepared?

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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The Cisco Aironet 3600 Access Point comes out on top in Miercom’s Performance Test Report

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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