SAN JOSE, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 10/03/12 -- According to Cisco® (NASDAQ: CSCO) research, by 2016, network demands will dramatically expand to manage nearly 19 billion new connected devices and handle 18 times the amount of today's global mobile data traffic.
To help organizations quickly respond to new business opportunities while managing these rapidly changing network demands, Cisco is today introducing its Unified Access solution, a highly secure network infrastructure based on one policy source and one management solution for the entire network. Cisco Unified Access provides a consistent set of network capabilities across wired, wireless and virtual private network (VPN) networks, allowing them to behave as a single entity.
Cisco Unified Access is designed to help IT organizations become a competitive differentiation to the business by shifting the focus from time-consuming operational activities to developing innovative business offerings, such as new connected consumer experiences or personalized connected banking services.
Cisco is also unveiling an expanded mobility portfolio that extends enterprise features to midmarket customers at an attractive price without sacrificing wireless network quality. Cisco Unified Access also includes new innovations in Cisco policy and management solutions to further simplify IT operations and improve user experience.
Highlights of the Cisco Unified Access solution
One policy to manage a unified network policy across wired, wireless and VPN access, including:
One management to deliver a converged platform for visibility of applications and services across the entire network, featuring:
One network, with a smarter, faster access layer to handle the onslaught of new devices and applications, introducing:
All products are currently available with the exception of the 1600 series access points, which will be available in December. The 802.11ac module for the Cisco Aironet 3600 Series Access Point will be available in Q2 of CY13.
"Cisco's network vision is to help IT organizations drive business innovation by successfully harnessing market transitions such as cloud, BYOD and surge of data to ultimately deliver new connected experiences over any network. With the introduction of Cisco Unified Access, we are realizing this vision with a simplified architectural approach based on one policy, one management and one network that can help IT organization focus less time on daily operations and more time on new innovative business services."
"IT's best strategy to deal with the rise of BYOD is to address it with a combination of policy, software, infrastructure controls and education in the near term, and with application management and appropriate cloud services in the longer term."
"Cisco Prime Infrastructure is a core component of our wireless network and it has enabled us to manage and monitor the controllers and access points, as well as visualizing network performance and troubleshooting client problems."
"Instead of looking at BYOD as a challenge, Pflugerville Independent School District wanted to approach it as Cisco allows us to do: as an opportunity to boost academic engagement and achievement."
Cisco will publicly unveil the new Cisco Unified Access portfolio for the first time at Interop New York on October 3 and 4, 2012. During his Interop keynote, Cisco's Doug Merritt, senior vice president, products and solutions, will introduce Cisco Unified Access and describe how strategic IT leaders can leverage market transitions such as BYOD, cloud, and information proliferation for business advantage.
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