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Overcoming Borders and Improving the Network

- November 5, 2009 - 1 Comment

A few weeks ago Cisco launched the ISR G2 and introduced the concept of “Borderless Networks.” Borderless Networks summarizes an architecture, or better yet – an implementation of the network that allows you to work the way you want anytime, anywhere, using any device, to connect to any resource.  A Borderless Branch, for instance, would allow remote offices and workers to connect to the network without having to think about it, knowing all their transactions are secure and expecting a quality experience every time they connect. 

In the coming months we will build upon the ISR G2 announcement and continue to illustrate how Cisco will make this architecture a reality. In the meantime, I thought it would be good take a step back and first explain how we got to this idea of Borderless Networks in the first place.

Looking at the major technology trends just a few years ago, we realized a real transformation taking place in the workplace. Video and smartphones, traditionally considered consumer technologies, are impacting our business and IT experience like never before.  Per IDC, in the next three years there will be 1.25 billion new, networked mobile devices.  Over 90% of consumer traffic will be video by 2010 according to Cisco’s Visual Networking Index research. In simple terms the world is becoming our workspace. 

While the world gets smaller, the complexity in the workplace grows.  The more demands on the network, the more “borders” to effective collaboration and productivity are created.  We started to identify three main borders that were preventing people from connecting:

  • Location Borders.  The workforce is growing more global everyday, but do you have the necessary technology in place to support your remote workers?
  • Device Borders.  More and more consumer devices are entering the workplace and allowing for greater efficiencies, but is your network ready for these increased demands?
  • Application Borders.  Can you guarantee consistent application performance regardless of location?

Most IT departments have been asked to deal with these new business challenges, but have not received the necessary resources to solve them.   Also per IDC, server use is growing at 1.8 times, the amount of data produced is growing at 3.5 times and the amount of transactions per day are growing at 8.4 times. In order to address these strains on IT, something needed to change.  Cisco realized that the network needed to evolve.

This is where the idea of Borderless Networks was born.  Today, Cisco networking solutions are already starting to better connect customers, partners and employees.  For example, TelePresense allows remote workers to seamlessly and securely connect globally.  EnergyWise allows you to manage energy use on any device across the network and locate inefficiencies.  The new ISR G2 is better suited to support rich media collaboration across borders, remote access to on-demand virtual services, and the Medianet.

We’re excited to roll out more new solutions in the coming months to continue to illustrate how Borderless Networks will enhance business productivity and efficiency.  For now, what are your thoughts?  How could a borderless world help your workspace?          

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