Can BYOD Be Simple, Affordable, and Secure for the Medium-Business?

July 16, 2012 - 0 Comments

Do you have an iPhone,  Android, Samsung , or any other mobile phone? Not surprising since there will be 15 billion networked devices by 20151. With employees (yes, even IT themselves) bringing their mobile phones to work, businesses are seeing at least a doubling of mobile devices per employee; from laptop-only to laptop + mobile phone (+ tablet)2.

The IT department is faced with an increased burden on their existing wireless network, while securing email access from any platform and simultaneously ensuring an optimal, reliable user mobile experience. Offering a reliable, consistent user mobile experience used to be a luxury ask; today, it impacts employee productivity. Mobile employee productivity can range from wireless laptop access from conference rooms to roaming the within the building accessing corporate email from any mobile device. This is true for me (working at a large enterprise) and my husband (working at a medium-sized business).

Gone are the days of consumer wireless routers providing silo’ed wireless coverage in the medium business (and chanting “can you hear me now?”)

Today, we have the dire need for pervasive in-building wireless coverage supporting all of these mobile devices with a consistent connection while roaming from desk to conference room to break room.

50% of Midmarket companies will increase network spending; with over 1/3 of the budget dedicated to Wireless LAN3. The question is… what really meets the midsize business BYOD needs?

Enter Cisco BYOD solutions for midsize business– Simple solution, affordably priced:

  • Cisco Aironet 1042 Access Point: Affordable 802.11n access point that enables a reliable, consistent mobile experience for users at up to 6X the performance of legacy 802.11a/b/g networks.
  • Cisco Business Class Email: As more and more employees access email on tablets or other mobile clients instead of a traditional desktop, it’s imperative to secure business email over any device and on any application – check out this no-hardware solution.
  • Cisco 2500 Series Wireless LAN Controller: When you are ready, economically enable centrally managed intelligence over distributed access points, and facilitate seamless roaming from one access point to the next.

As an added benefit, when you connect your mobile devices to Wi-Fi instead of 3G/4G, you leverage this simple, affordable, secure Wi-Fi solution to offload traffic and reduce overall cellular costs.

I love having a consistent connection at work. I even expect it while riding on the elevator at work. Or while I’m walking from conference room to conference room to desk to conference room to break room to desk to conference room …. My work loves it because I’m “always on” and more productive.


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1 Cisco Visual Networking Index :


3 Enterprise Strategy Group, 2012


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