Evolutions in mobility and the IoT are directly impacting network infrastructure, driving enterprises to fundamentally reconsider their technology choices.
Enterprise mobility is no longer just about wireless handsets and smartphones. As we enter the IoT age, it’s also about access, endpoints and security: devices like student tablets in classrooms, intelligent traffic systems on highways and wearable patient monitors in hospitals.
Of course, behind every aspect of mobile communications, the mobile campus and the Internet of Things is the network. Whether wired or wireless, 3G or 4G, private or public, network infrastructures underpin every kind of mobility.
In this landscape of transformation, companies are rethinking the very foundation of the network in order to reduce costs, improve performance and security, and introduce pioneering new devices.
IT Decision Makers shared their thoughts about the current state of the market and the trends that will affect their organizations in the future. Security and manageability are seen as the biggest Network Infrastructure challenges.
In recent years, IoT devices were designed to benefit staff productivity, offer exciting new features and improve customer experience have been entering the market. And because of these significant benefits, it’s business units who are driving adoption.
Legacy wireless technology is unable to support these devices, so IT must find new technologies to connect them and make sure they operate efficiently – and without vulnerability – whether in traditional ‘carpeted areas’ or on the factory floor; underground or the sky.
Deep integration with other systems like metrics platforms, CRM software, and the cloud provides the smart analytics needed to set up and automate access policies. This ensures ‘best-fit’ performance, data-driven decision-making – and means fewer resources are needed to manage the network.
Network Foundation for Mobility and IoT
To meet and exceed these evolving business requirements, users, IoT devices and their networks need:
- Better service in high density areas
- Higher bandwidth, faster speeds and lower latency
- More PoE options for IoT devices
- Stronger security strategies, e.g. IoT traffic containment
- Automated management for simpler, cheaper operations
- Alternative procurement strategies and new business models
An effective mobile strategy balances these technologies with specific user needs in your industry or market sector. Properly planned and deployed, it isn’t just users who benefit from a mobile enterprise; IT, operations and even marketing stand to gain. And you’ll be opening your company’s doors to the rich future of the IoT.
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