The Brocade BYOD solution delivers a solid foundation for bring-your-own-device initiatives in global enterprise, education, and healthcare organizations of all sizes. By combining Brocade Mobility solutions’ innovative Distributed Access Point Forwarding technology with the open and secure Brocade HyperEdge Architecture that is known for providing an agile, automated, and affordable infrastructure, customers are ensured a seamless, secure, and high-quality experience.
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Enabling Agile and Automated Mobility for Bring Your Own Device
With the broad adoption of sophisticated mobile devices such as smart phones, tablets, and laptops, users expect seamless connectivity for their devices at work or across the university campus. IT has changed from resisting to accepting user devices with the anticipation of cost reduction and increased confidence in security solutions. Consequently, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) continues to be a top IT initiative.
The challenges of BYOD are clear: security and infrastructure capacity. With disparate devices, platforms, and operating systems, protecting critical resources from malicious attacks in the face of limited IT staffs is a tremendous burden. With the sophistication of these devices and their ability to access bandwidth-intensive applications such as video, the need for a flexible, automated, and affordable wireless and wired infrastructure is paramount.
Successful deployment of BYOD that delivers a high-quality user experience demands a wireless and wired network built and supported with the high level of experience and expertise Brocade is known for. Present in 90 percent of the world’s Internet Exchange Points (IXP), Brocade has a reputation for delivering secure, high-performance, and reliable networking solutions. This reputation is why more and more enterprise, education, and healthcare customers worldwide are switching from their incumbent networking vendor to Brocade for their campus networking needs.
Security: A Business Imperative
Security challenges now include two new factos: mobility and scalability. Just a few years ago, security only required a combination of user credentials and physical access control to a wired network port. But today, with the average user carrying three or more wireless devices with increasing levels of sophistication, protecting assets from malicious attacks can present significant challenges to IT. Fortunately, there is a broad range of security options available from Brocade “out of the box” or from our diverse eco-system of Brocade security partners that enables organizations to confidently meet their security policies and objectives.
Brocade Mobility solutions come standard with the most popular security features such as AP-based stateful firewalls, customer-configurable guest portal, and integration with RADIUS, AAA, LDAP, or Active Directory. In most cases, this broad array of security features will meet the needs of organizations without additional expense. If a more comprehensive security solution, such as Network Access Control (NAC), Mobile Device Management (MDM), or rogue device detection is preferred, the Brocade eco-system of security providers, which include Bradford Networks, Impulse, and ForeScout deliver proven and secure solutions that integrate seamlessly with the Brocade HyperEdge Architecture.
Whatever the level of security sophistication required, Brocade Mobility solutions can deliver. Whether they’re basic guest portal capabilities or a comprehensive NAC and MDM solution, Brocade Mobility solutions and the certified security partners of Brocade provide a secure and reliable solution that fits both business and budget while delivering a high-quality user experience.
Infrastructure: The Foundation for Successful BYOD Deployments
Today's enterprise campus networks (wired and wireless) must provide anytime, anywhere mobile BYOD access and scale to meet rising user expectations. These networks are also expected to deliver services thought impossible just a few years ago. High-Definition (HD) video conferencing, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), and Unified Communication and Collaboration (UCC) are just a few of the applications that organizations are deploying to enhance employee, student, or staff productivity. To provide these services and drive business competitiveness, campus networks need to quickly and efficiently evolve with the ever-changing environment.
Unfortunately, BYOD deployments frequently encounter significant delays due to excessive focus on security and wireless coverage and not enough on infrastructure capacity planning and preparation. Additionally, legacy three-tier campus architectures, which have been commonly used for nearly 20 years, lack the flexibility and automation to easily deploy a BYOD solution.
The Brocade HyperEdge Architecture and our line of wired and wireless products enable organizations to meet this challenge with a flexible, high-performance campus network that delivers unmatched simplicity and investment protection. The Brocade HyperEdge Architecture is an evolutionary campus network architecture that combines new innovations with existing technologies to radically simplify campus networks, eliminate legacy protocols such as spanning tree and controller-centric tunneled wireless traffic; to better support mobility, security, and rapid application deployment and reduce operating costs.
The most critical component for any wireless solution is the access point (AP). Brocade Mobility solutions’ innovative Distributed Access Point Forwarding technology provides the high capacity and intelligent data traffic forwarding needed to reliably meet the increased demands of BYOD initiatives and mobile users. The following examples of key features and benefits demonstrate why Brocade Mobility solutions deliver the highest quality user experience while minimizing the impact to IT resources and budgets:
With more devices and their traffic passing through your campus wired network, ensuring you have adequate capacity to meet demands is imperative. The following examples of key features and innovations show how the Brocade HyperEdge Architecture and our line of campus networking products can provide the capacity and performance needed at an affordable price.
Low TCO and Investment Protection: Another Business Imperative
All enterprise, school, or healthcare institutions are dealing with budget challenges, and the promise of savings from users buying and maintaining their own devices and increased user productivity is the driving interest behind BYOD. Regardless, the cost of acquiring and maintaining technology is a critical decision factor for everyone. Brocade solutions for BYOD address these challenges by presenting the best value:
A successful BYOD or wireless solution means providing a secure, high-quality user experience. Achieving this goal requires research, solid planning, and a focus on both security and infrastructure. Brocade HyperEdge Architecture and our wired and wireless portfolio provide all the key ingredients for delivering a secure, high-quality user experience that fits both business and budget.
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