As users are embracing pervasive information and bring their own digital devices to access corporate applications, mobility has become the norm. This practice is known as “bring your own device,” or BYOD.
The mobility explosion has already overtaken the enterprise, as users are connecting to the institutional network with or without permission, using WLAN, and lower speed 3G or 4G networks while on the road. Mobility has quickly become a right, not a privilege.
Users need to consume applications and content from anywhere to stay productive, and that means applications must be delivered flawlessly from a virtual data center to a virtual workplace.
The preferred way to connect will be a wireless LAN (WLAN) followed by 3G or 4G roaming networks. Many enterprises have experienced disappointing results with their existing WLAN deployments because of a network architecture that doesn’t scale to meet the demand for mobility. The embrace of smartphones and tablets at work will also break the traditional models for identity management and security that allow access based on a network port, rather than a user’s identity.
Progressive organisations will envision that these smart devices are useful to access more than just email and calendaring applications. To succeed, users must have continual access to business information and are able to use voice, video and data collaboration with colleagues, peers and customers. Organisations that develop and encourage the use of always-available mobile applications will keep their fingers on the pulse of their business, benefit from higher productivity and reduce their costs of operations.
As wireless capabilities become increasingly integrated within computer chips, the benefits of the computing world – innovation, short development cycles and low cost – are extending into mobile communications. As a result, traditionally unconnected devices are becoming connected – varying from televisions, cameras to cars and industrial machinery to farmland equipment. By the end of this decade (2020), an estimated 50 billion devices will connect to wireless networks. For worker and machine-to-machine transactions, wireless LAN (WLAN) will be the preferred method of network connectivity. One day very soon, a wired network may become the exception.
Organisations are finding that their existing WLAN deployments deliver a substandard user experience compared to wired networks. Distance limitations of legacy WLAN implementations hinder true mobility, and performance of those networks inhibits video delivery. In addition, securing the WLAN is another challenge, which drives up complexity and cost and potentially impacts performance.
Implementing a BYOD architecture for rapid and high performance mobility requires planning and with Visionaire’s extensive proven experience in deploying large size campus LAN infrastructure, we can provide you the unique opportunity of transforming your legacy network to meet the challenges of the mobility network given access to users anytime and everywhere.
The end result reduces infrastructure costs, provides seamless integration and security and scales to meet the organisations requirements of today and tomorrow.