Linguists, over the past 50 years, have found strong relationship between bilingualism or multilingualism and intelligence. The benefits range from professional to cultural - improved problem solving, decision making and more importantly opening more opportunities. Imagine the personalization and cognitive flexibility one can use to build better relationships in today’s globally connected workspace. Speaking of connectivity, every business is (or will be soon) thinking about Mobility and Internet of Things (IoT) to support this growing civilization of multilingual people as well as multilingual things in their network. Research data shows that Enterprise IoT initiatives are not only on a rise but also central to every CIO's IT strategy.
Similar to the human world the IoT world is made up to devices that talk multiple languages supported by multiple radio technologies. Anticipating that these IoT-optimized technologies to continue to exist, Enterprises looking for ways to build a scalable access layer to not only connect ever increasing ‘things’ in the network but also capture new insights in a more secure way without redundant overlay networks.
In this drive for intelligence and digitization that spans multiple domains, IT functions in today’s Enterprises are being reshaped to connect more with higher efficiency and enable new latency sensitive services and real-time applications. It’s no surprise that Enterprise Wi-Fi is the lifeblood of many of these organizations. Wi-Fi 6, the new Wi-Fi standard that incorporates critical cellular like determinism, is engineered with efficiency as a goal. Enhanced support for 2.4Ghz, along with OFDMA and Target Wake Time (TWT), makes Wi-Fi 6 ideal for massive scale IoT deployments. IT can now manage more IoT devices, minimizing overlay networks. Besides providing advanced Wi-Fi capabilities, Cisco is pushing the bounds of the standard with custom RF ASIC (Cisco RF ASIC) and Intelligence for Network Analytics.
The Cisco Catalyst 9100 series, with Wi-Fi 6 and Cisco RF ASIC, are built for IoT, allows your network to speak the language of business with multi-RF capabilities (Wi-Fi, BLE, Zigbee, Thread), and IoT application hosting. Besides opening up new avenues in a multilingual device world supporting high-bandwidth immersive applications such as AR/VR, HD imaging, etc across verticals ranging from Universities to Retail to Medical Diagnostics and to Manufacturing, Cisco Wi-Fi 6 can accelerate business transformation bridging more devices and users to more data fueling machine learning based digital growth. The benefits as one might imagine are multi-fold, but focusing on a few here:
Deep RF analytics, and Packet inspection - Enable dynamic optimization of the channels and providing enhanced network visibility and assurance supported by Cisco DNA Assurance. Hardware based on-boarding anomaly and in-service anomaly detection along with Live Client and VIP Client troubleshooting extend on-demand AP insights and give finer coverage hole analysis as well as channel utilization metrics.
RF Signature Capture - Provide critical information about interferers and detect impersonators that are becoming more common in today’s IoT world. The standard MAC, DHCP and HTTPS signatures are easy to imitate but not RF signature! With increasing BYOD and OT integration, IT can use much needed contextual RF information for tighter device classification and segmentation of Wi-Fi and non-Wi-Fi devices.
Radio Resource Management (RRM) - Non-disruptive service to latency sensitive clients even in high-density environment instead of going off-channel while improving real-time applications such as voice call. Don't forget the added benefit of advanced RRM algorithms and Cisco CleanAir that facilitate better spatial re-use and Quality of Experience KPIs
Dual Filter DFS – Provide reliable governance of precious Wireless spectrum. This capability improves accuracy in radar detection and near zero false detections (going from 1000 per day to 1) in combination. These custom algorithms can help reclaim some of that precious spectrum and minimize false positives effortlessly.
Best yet, these access points architectural benefits of Cisco’s software defined access delivering IoT segmentation and line of business insights with Cisco DNA Spaces. Now, by digitizing things and spaces, think how every Enterprise can use intelligence from every edge of the network to optimize the end user's experience. By the way, this has been already been enabled by Wi-Fi Optimization for iOS, Fast lane and Wi-Fi Analytics for iOS. We are working on ways to extend this improved wireless performance across devices and over an entire corporate network.
Cisco’s New Wireless Stack powered by Wi-Fi 6 – is a secure bridge to this world of new possibilities with machine-centric intelligence and greater efficiencies. Built on the principles of Cisco’s IBN architecture, the Cisco Wireless Stack, comprising of C9100 and C9800, is a key foundation element of Cisco’s IBN architecture for a mobile first world. Akin to cognitive flexibility that a multilingual enjoys, the stack with multi-RF capabilities provides deep analytics and operational flexibility.
Every network manager and developer of leading-edge technologies that strive to provide high-quality user experience now is the time to be looking at Cisco’s next gen wireless stack with Wi-Fi 6. For more information check out - https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/wireless/index.html
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IT networks are bracing for a digital transformation from within. Digital divide, traditionally speaking, was once a problem of access with sufficient bandwidth. In addition, in recent years, it has also been a matter of integrated security, segmentation and applications’ enablement. Especially in Enterprise, IT consumerization and HD mobility applications are pushing many campus core switches to their limits. In fact, companies in infrastructure space are looking for ways to manage ever expanding connected technologies of various types, and mobile bandwidth-intensive compute systems, low latency sensor systems and integrate IoT networks at scale. Cisco has pioneered several innovations through its Catalyst 9000 switches, a product family with fastest ramp of any product in Cisco’s history, enabling consistent access from core to edge, better quality of service and segmented intelligent services. Powered by Cisco’s innovative Unified Access Data Plane (UADP) ASIC, Cisco’s Catalyst switches are foundation of an entirely new era of intent-based networking with SD-Access Traffic growth at the access edge of the network mandates a scalable backbone to able to respond to heavy influxes of traffic. As access speeds migrate from 1GE to 10GE, Enterprises are now focusing on options for 100GE core. For instance, researchers in universities are working on projects that involve petabytes of data transfer. As core switches form a foundation of campus network, with typical refresh cycles of 5-10 years, it is important to choose an architecture that addresses performance, reliability, and scale. Cisco is now debuting 25GE and 100GE in campus to enable new speed transitions in Enterprise with investment protection. High Performance With up to 6.4 Tbps switching capacity in a single RU, the Catalyst 9500 Series is a revolutionary family of high density purpose-built platforms, with 2.4 Ghz quad-core x86 CPU, comprising of high density 10GE, 25GE, 40GE and 100GE. This product family offers a comprehensive portfolio of speeds, scale and buffering capabilities for Enterprise. Offering increased scale and flexibility, the new Catalyst 9500 Series switches, powered by UADP3.0, deliver six times the performance of the existing platforms in that product family. With same IPv6 scale as that of IP4, these switches support efficient routing and simplified network configuration. “With new Cisco Catalyst 9500 high performance switches, Cisco’s Intent-based networking meets our ONENET architecture with 100G per port capability. The new network provides our IT the ability to consistently manage our high-powered research buildings, driving operational simplicity and improved security.” - University of Queensland Resiliency and High Availability Redundant power and fans along with numerous high availability features guarantee that the high performance Catalyst 9500 Series switch, with non-blocking switching fabric that enables line-rate performance under full load, is always available for business-sensitive traffic. Stackwise® Virtual with In-Service Software Upgrade (ISSU) increases network availability and reduces downtime caused by planned upgrades, ensuring that the backbone network has high resiliency . Secure and Trustworthy Catalyst 9000 series switches support Encrypted Traffic Analytics(ETA), AES-256 with MACSec 256-bit encryption and Trustworthy systems with Secure Unique Device Identification(SUDI). Using Flexible Netflow capabilities of these switches, businesses can trace almost every conversation at network edge as well as core, gain real-time situational awareness of north-south traffic, and detect network behavior anomalies in remote labs. In this era of machine learning, imagine the role played by security agents, at every layer of network, with self-learning attributes to enable actionable threat intelligence. “Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) is expecting increased traffic in the next several years at LAX. The new Catalyst 9500 with 100G interface will help LAWA to meet our capacity requirements while providing increased visibility and capabilities that were not previously possible.” - Los Angeles World Airports Flexible and Programmable With customizable, optimized Switching Database Manager (SDM) templates, Catalyst 9500 Series switches can be positioned in different roles – core or aggregation – in the network design and support fabric and non-fabric deployments maximizing system resources. For instance, SD-A SDM template provides optimal ASIC table allocation for an SD-Access fabric border role. As part of Catalyst 9000 family, the Catalyst 9500 Series comes with an open and modular operating system, Cisco IOS XE that is capable of hosting 3rd party applications and that supports programmability. With additional storage capabilities, up to 960GB, to enable distributed intelligent agents for network analytics, assurance and cloud-connected applications, these switches can support automation through NETCONF, RESTCONF, and gNMI APIs with YANG models . Designed for future, the Catalyst 9500 Series helps pragmatic Enterprises focused on migrating from 1GE/10GE networks to 25GE/100GE and beyond to bridge the new digital divide lead the way with a scalable network architecture. Along with Cisco’s state-of-the-art dual rate optics, high performance Catalyst switching platforms support features and form factors to address all types of campus deployments. “We’re delighted to pioneer Cisco intent-based networking with SD-Access and Cisco Catalyst 9000 switches. The new high performance 9500 switches with the 25G-CSR optics enable us to seamlessly transition from 10G to 25G with full investment protection for optics and cable-plant.” - SAIC/NASA For more details about Catalyst 9500 series, please refer to the latest datasheet or www.cisco.com/go/catalyst.
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