How CIOs can prepare for the new era of total mobility…

The need for a rock-solid, mobility-enabled network that reaches users no matter where they are is an investment priority for organisations, but what should enterprises be doing to prepare for the new era of total mobility?

First let us consider the situation. With the proliferation of mobile users and their devices, within a campus or across continents, the challenges of operating and managing a network have changed fundamentally.

IT has moved quickly from a world of fixed computing to a new world of mobility where everything — people, devices, machines, and applications — is in constant motion.

IT must support end users with smart phones, tablets, and other wireless devices in addition to wired workstations.

The data centre has become the IT beehive, with server virtualisation and the promise of cloud services. Users are beginning to define the services that IT must offer as they adopt tablets and applications, and work on-the-go. They know what they need to be productive, and they expect the network to deliver.

So how should CIOs be preparing for the new era of total mobility?

Well, it’s time to redefine mobility. This shift in the relationship between IT, operators and end users implies that mobility is no longer just about the movement of people and their devices. This new mobility places a far greater emphasis on the portability of information, applications and security.

The challenge lies in deploying a network that enables people, machines and applications to communicate seamlessly across the 3G/4G, and WLAN converged edge, through the network core, and into the virtualised enterprise or cloud-based data center.

Achieving this seamless user experience can become an issue, since today’s workforce is only as efficient as the network that supports it. When end-users are held back by disruptions in service, unavailable applications or security issues, their productivity suffers.

New mobility requires a network that adapts automatically to many conditions, personalises the user experience, and rises to meet ever-increasing expectations.

For example, the network needs to follow users and tune itself for security and traffic flows based on user privileges and location. It needs to permit hosting providers to deploy a best-in-class solution based on open standards and avoiding single vendor lock-in.

How does Extreme Networks contribute to the new mobility?

Leading vendors are contributing to the new mobility in transforming the new vision of mobility into reality, with networks designed for mobility.

Customers deploying the new technology know who or what is using the network, what resources they are requesting, where they are located, and provide personalised access to approved resources and content – wherever and whenever.

Such networks know when an application moves in the virtual data centre and can follow it with a rich suite of network services. And they enable granular visibility and control, so traffic flows are optimised.

The new mobility also encompasses the delivery of managed cloud services. The more enterprising vendors are already delivering performance without compromise, offering cloud providers standardisation and the advantages that come from a best-of-class multi-vendor approach.

Moving forward, their solutions blueprint will extend campus awareness to the cloud, offering seamless and standards-based handoff for applications and content from the IT data centre into the hosted cloud without impacting the user experience.

That translates into an easier sale, easier on-boarding and easier adoption of the services offered by the hosting provider. And that means faster access to revenue, plain and simple.

By John Gonzalez, Southern Region Sales Manager, Extreme Networks

Follow Us
on Google+
Sponsored

Review: Sony Xperia Z2

NetGuide Smartphones are all about compromise these days. Fitting a hi-res screen, camera and huge battery into increasingly lighter handsets isn’t easy, and usually, something has to give.   Read More →

Review: LifeTrak C410 Fitness tracker

NetGuide The C410 is a fitness tracker first and a watch second. Because of this it not only tells the time, but also tracks almost everything a fitness nut would need to know.
Amongst the many stats tracked are Steps. Calories are measured too as are distances covered. There’s a sleep tracking function, plus heart rate monitoring.   Read More →

Android App Review: Writing Prompts

NetGuide Writing Prompts is one of those obviously-named apps that gives you exactly what the name suggests and nothing more. If you want some help getting started with your creative writing, then the Writing Prompts app might be able to help.   Read More →