The Power of Participation

Today, Cisco launched the “Power of Participation”, an important extension to both Cisco’s Borderless Networks architecture and Cisco’s Data Center Business Advantage architectural framework.

Why the “Power of Participation”? Because we are right in front of the third wave of the Internet Evolution. Wave 1 (1990s) was all about connectivity and transforming transactions (E-commerce, B2B, B2C). Wave 2 (2000s) was about driving inclusion and transforming interactions through social media and the consumerization of IT. Last week, in this blog, I mentioned some future trends: mobility, internet of things, cloud and collaboration/video. As these trends take full scale, they will fundamentally transform organizations and we will be entering Wave 3 of the Internet Evolution: an era of changed business interactions and new user expectations. In this era, end users will expect their collaborative, video-rich work environment virtually and securely Anywhere, Anytime on Any Device of their choice (the New Normal). They will demand a Borderless Experience giving them the Power to Participate optimally to business. In this new era, businesses will also demand to IT the Power to Participate and transform in an agile way into new and changing business models.

How will we enable this Borderless Experience and these new business models? Through an architectural Borderless Networks approach delivering uniform network services. In previous Borderless Networks launches, we already delivered network services such as Motion (driving Anywhere mobility capabilities); Medianet (supporting media-rich video collaboration), EnergyWise (driving energy control and building management) and TrustSec (driving secure support for Any Device and controlled access for Anyone).

In today’s announcement, we take an important next step in delivering Anywhere – Any Device capability with the launch of AnyConnect 3.0. The Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client provides a single 802.1x authentication framework, allowing smooth and transparent wired or wireless access and delivering a seamless Always-On secure (IPSec VPN, SSLVPN, MacSec, …) borderless connectivity experience  across a broad set of PC- and Smartphone-based mobile devices (windows, Apple iPhone, …) (http://www.cisco.com/en/US/prod/collateral/vpndevc/ps6032/ps6094/ps6120/data_sheet_c78-527494_ps10884_Products_Data_Sheet.html). Advantage for the end user: the ability to access and use his business applications seamlessly and securely – without any technology complexity – whether on the wired network at work, on the wireless network in a meeting room, on a wireless guest net, on the road or at home. Advantage for the IT department: being able to open up the access policy to a broad set of devices while still guaranteeing security compliance. This solution also allows to take advantage of cloud-based services while maintaining consistent security policies towards the applications, whether in the on-premise datacenter or in the cloud (www.cisco.com/go/anyconnect).

A Borderless Experience also requires a perfect end-to-end application experience. To enable this, Cisco announced the Application Velocity network service. This network service delivers a network that is application aware, has application visibility and monitoring capabilities, can accelerate applications (WAAS express, WAAS on the Integrated Services Routers ISR-G2’ Services Ready Engine (SRE) (www.cisco.com/go/appvelocity) and can deliver application agility and extend application virtualization up to the branch office (Unified Computing System (UCS) on the ISR-G2 Services Ready Engine (www.cisco.com/go/ucse)).

The launch also considerably expands the network infrastructure in terms of high density and high performance through new announcements in the wireless offering (1040 access points), the Catalyst 4500 platform, the high-end ASR routing platform, the new high-end ASA5585 firewall, the LMS4.0 management platform and EnergyWise.

To enable you to take a fast start in this important network transformation to a Borderless Networks architecture, Cisco has created detailed Validated Design Guides that can help you on your journey: the Smart Business Architecture for mid-sized networks and enterprises  (http://www.cisco.com/en/US/solutions/ns340/ns414/ns742/ns982/landing_sBus_archit.html).

So, who is the person on the picture above? Well, meet Ike Theodore (IT) Willis and follow him towards the Borderless Networks challenge, Oct 5th – Oct 8th and take the chance to win a trip to see Your Wonder of the World: www.cisco.com/go/challenge.

For more info on the announcements, please go to www.cisco.com/go/borderless.

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