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Today's enterprises are often separated by two networks: one wired and one wireless. Applications that work on one network often don't work on the other, not to mention that each network requires unique policies and security processes, and performance isn't consistent. This is frustrating for users who are accustomed to easily switching from one device to another when they're at home.

Life's no picnic for network administrators either. When alarms are raised, they often don't know which network is causing the issue. Add that to daily struggles with reliable connectivity, automation, and device onboarding.

Faced with increased traffic loads and real-time multimedia applications, there's no way a dated, fragmented network infrastructure will cope.

Luckily, Unified Access offers a solution.

What does Unified Access mean?

Unified Access allows wired and wireless technologies to work together, as a single, robust network.

Users experience the same high quality performance using Wi-Fi or connected via an Ethernet cable, and can access the same apps as they switch from their desktop to their smartphone to their tablet.

Network management in a unified environment is singular - a single registration process, a single set of policies and a single-pane of visibility for control of the entire network.

This is exactly what’s needed by customers because almost every organization has a mixture of wired and wireless networks — and will for the next 5 to 10 years.

Andre Kindness, Principal Analyst, Forrester

What's a Unified Access strategy?

Unified Access for a Converged World

Intelligent and application aware, a unified access strategy brings together technologies like Shortest Path Bridging (SPB), Smart Analytics, SDN and Intelligent Fabric to automate network configurations, resource allocation, adjustments, responses and notifications across the the entire network.

Our unified networking solutions also include a rich set of secure services to support IoT and enable BYOD users to use their own devices on the enterprise network, whether they're corporate, personal, wired or wireless.

The result? Simplified IT operations, pervasive security, a consistent user experience and business investments that are protected into the future.
Why do enterprises choose Unified Access as a strategy?
  • It's simple: In a unified network, a common set of capabilities delivers security, NAC, application fluency, policy enforcement at the edge of the network, BYOD services and unified management across the wired and wireless network.
  • Deliver secure, high quality applications and multimedia communications (voice, images, videos...) for better performance using the same resources.
  • Secure, managable IoT containment and support for every business unit.
  • Embrace BYOD securely without overloading IT. Give employees the freedom to connect any device, wired or wireless, from anywhere, at any time.
  • Get visibility and control of your LAN and WLAN network with a centralized management system; a single interface to view and troubleshoot network performance.

Unified Access environments simplify the process of making everything connect, so IT staff can dedicate resources to strategic projects – not daily obstacles.

Unified Access is promising to bring wired and wireless networks together from a management and security perspective. ALE is taking the next steps to focus on the user experience with the integration of services that enable employees to access a consistent experience across all devices.

Zeus Kerravala, Principal at ZK Research

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