At a large industry conference last fall, I had the
opportunity to talk to my neighbors about what was new and interesting in their
worlds and in their networks. Interestingly,
the answer was some variation of the following: “My boss wants to use his new
iPad at work. We have to
change/fix/install new network policies to make this happen.” When I asked what had to change in order to
make this easy, the same three themes emerged:
They need a better way to provision
tablets. While they can support the boss
as a one-off, they can’t fix everyone’s tablets to make them compatible and
secure in the workplace.
They need more 802.11n wireless solutions in place—their
current coverage is insufficient.
They need to figure out what to do if everyone
wants tablets and smart devices.
Even more interesting was the applications that were to be
used with these tablets. Much to my
surprise, many people said that their bosses wanted to put more business apps
on the tablets and mobilize the workforce more efficiently. So this was not purely about getting the boss
a new toy; this was about changing the way people work and, in many cases,
helping them become more productive.
This is when I realized that the access network was going to
change much more quickly than we had initially projected. And in order to be successful and sustainable
over the long term, multiple things need to change at the same time.
At Juniper Networks, when we looked at all of these required
changes, we concluded that it all came down to one thing: being wired-less. In short, this means the growing popularity
of wireless network access demands a simplification of the wire-line network. Does this mean that wires go away
completely? Of course not. Wires will still play a critical role as the
support structure for the network on-ramp and traffic distribution—the access
points and controllers require a wired infrastructure to reach the rest of the
Simplification is the key for this brave new world of the myDevice. Consumer values are forcing IT to make things
simple, accessible and flexible. We call
this being “Simply
Connected.” This is both a statement
of vision and a prescription for how to rethink the network architecture.
Here is what needs to happen:
Provide a secure, device-agnostic connection everywhere
Build one general-purpose, application-agnostic
Assume the primary means of connection is
Simplify the wired network
The age of the company-owned, network-proprietary end point
is over. Welcome to the world of
“myDevice on myTerms.” This means that
every employee has the freedom to choose and change their access devices when
Should IT departments despair? Certainly not. They can maintain the same or even greater
control over the devices by extending the security client into the “myDevice.” Employees can use free apps to install the
clients, and IT gets consistent security policies by user. It’s the best of both worlds: employees are free
to use the devices of their choice while IT controls who gets on the network.
What’s not to like?
As you might suspect, Juniper Networks has a solution
offering that lets you be Simply Connected in a “wired-less” world. This is comprised of the EX Series, WLAN
Series, SRX Series and Junos ®Pulse. For more details, read the solutions