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New Cisco architecture integrates mobile devices, applications and networks

Cisco Systems Inc. today announced an architecture that it says helps empower businesses to meet and exceed mobilit...


May 28, 2008  


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Cisco Systems Inc. today announced an architecture that it says helps empower businesses to meet and exceed mobility demands and move beyond basic wireless networking into the next generation of business mobility — transforming the way business is done by fostering broader collaboration and new levels of productivity.

The announcement is part of Cisco Motion, a vision for business mobility that integrates mobile devices, applications, security and disparate networks into a unified platform.

The cornerstone of the strategy is the Cisco 3300 Series Mobility Services Engine (MSE). This appliance-based platform offers an open application programming interface (API) for consolidating and supporting mobility services across wireless and wired networks.

Cisco is releasing four initial software offerings for the MSE: Cisco Context-Aware Software, Cisco Adaptive Wireless Intrusion Prevention System (wIPS), Cisco Secure Client Manager and Cisco Mobile Intelligent Roaming.

A number of companies have integrated or plan to integrate with the MSE including Nokia and Oracle as well as industry-specific application partners such as IntelliDOT and Johnson Controls (healthcare) and OATSystems (manufacturing).

“Today’s business mobility challenges cannot be solved using only traditional wireless LAN solutions when multiple network elements are converging and need to collaborate,” said Brett Galloway, senior vice president of Cisco’s Wireless and Security Technology Group.

“To meet and exceed business mobility expectations, IT must secure and manage a range of devices, integrate multiple networks, enable applications, access information with a high level of security, and help ensure a consistent experience regardless of network connection or location.”

The Cisco 3350 Mobility Services Engine is scheduled to begin shipping in June with prices beginning at US$19,995