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Heavy Traffic Ahead! Are you prepared?

May 1, 2012 - 0 Comments

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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.

From educational institutions to stadiums to business campuses, more users are counting on the network to make video calls from conference rooms, stream information, access business applications and all of them are relying on an average of 2-3 devices per user!

In order to make any progress, wireless reliability, secure network connectivity, high throughput and pervasive wireless coverage are essential.  Cisco Technical Marketing Engineer Jim Florwick walked us through Cisco’s 802.11n optimized data, voice and video applications along with best practices for assessment and configuration. Additionally, he explained how Cisco ClientLink 2.0 improves reliability and coverage while extending battery life of a device. By understanding the importance of and how to integrate Cisco CleanAir, VideoStream, Unified Policy and Access Management (just to name a few) into a network, any organization can avoid the major roadblocks and jams that could derail a network from providing secure, high quality connectivity.

Riding my bike all over town, I did end up with a bit of a sunburn.  I was so busy getting things done, instead of cooped up in the car, that I didn’t notice how long I’d been out and that it might be time to reapply. Just like your organization may be so excited with the way things are going that nobody’s realized it’s time to migrate up…  but that’s a topic for another day!

More info and upcoming Cisco Mobility events:

May 17, 8:00 a.m. PST: Understand IPv6 for Mobility (Can your network support IPv6 for the deluge of new devices?)

May 23, 8:00 a.m. PST: Cisco BYOD System Overview – Learn more about the Cisco Architectural Approach to BYOD

•             BYOD:

•             Cisco ISE:

•             Cisco Prime:

•             FAQ: BYOD Security: Secure BYOD QA

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