Cisco offers three bundles for mobile enterprise
BYOD, virtual desktops and remote working are the themes of its first pre-tested solutions for the 'unified workspace'
Published: 18 May, 2012
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The major enterprise networking firms are battling to support the trend to BYOD (bring your own device) policies in large companies. Cisco has unveiled three bundles of products and services designed to make it easier for firms to introduce systems where they can support a wide variety of employee's own mobile gadgets.
The three packages come under Cisco's Smart Solutions label and are made up of pre-tested combinations of existing products and consulting offerings, from the vendor itself and its partners. However, the firm says there is still new thinking here, because the aim is to support a unified workspace rather than just a collection of different products. It is pushing its term 'Cisco Unified Workspace', in which users access data and applications from any location at any time and with any device. Sujai Hajela, general manager of Cisco's wireless networking unit, told NetworkWorld: "Connecting a device to my corporate network is just step one. The question is: what happens after that?"
Hajela claims the Smart Solutions for Unified Workspace are not just a relabeling exercise but a big step forward from buying a selection of separate products, and then integrating them. "It's not a question of bundling separate products and marketing them," he continued in the interview. "It's about how to make them simple to use, focusing on the user's mobile experience, and optimizing that with tested and validated designs."
The first three offerings are for BYOD, which harnesses the new mobile device management products and partnerships Cisco introduced in March; for Mobile Virtual Desktop, which is focused on a 2010 partnership with virtualization specialist Citrix; and the Remote Expert Smart Solution, which extends the supplier's audio/video and presence products to broad markets, after they were originally unveiled for the financial services and retail sectors.
The precise combination of elements in each solution depends on the individual company's requirements and whether it wants simple connectivity or a sophisticated (and more expensive) platform supporting full collaboration, mobile access, advanced security and so on. The packages will be available from next month.
In a recently published ARCchart study of the global BYOD market, an extensive survey of enterprise organisations around the world revealed that 65% of these corporations will have adopted some level of BYOD by the end of 2012.