Cisco's Unified Access tries tying up loose ends on networks supporting BYOD

Summary:Cisco's Unified Access platform is taking on the BYOD craze with a single policy and management platform approach.

As IT departments continue to grapple with the reality of BYOD while also trying to grapple with updating legacy infrastructures, the big names in tech are fighting to be the first out the door with the one-fits-all solution.

Cisco's latest approach is its new Unified Access platform, touted to be a one-stop shop when it comes to both setting up policies and management for an entire enterprise network.

Like many other infrastructure solutions, whether they be cloud-based or on-premise (or a combination of both), Cisco boasts that Unified Access will free up an organization's resources from focusing on time-consuming IT operations to promoting more innovation and growth for the business with the development of new connected services.

Unified Access is supposed to do this by offering a single set of consistent capabilities across wired, wireless and virtual private network (VPN) networks so that these in turn behave as a single entity.

Some of the features included on the platform consist of a self-provisioning portal for ongoing device management and an identity service engine for automated, role-based access control enforcement across wired and wireless networks.

Being that this is one "unified" network, that should in turn be faster and more capable of handling an ever-increasing number of mobile devices jumping onto the network.

Cisco has previously forecasted that there will be 3 billion users with 15 billion connected devices worldwide by 2015. In promoting Unified Access, the networking giant cites that this figure will climb to nearly 19 billion connected devices globally by 2016.

Suffice to say, there is definitely going to be a lot more competition in the next year or two to try to meet the escalating demand in this space.

Topics: Cisco, Collaboration, IT Priorities, Networking, Unified Comms

About

Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

zdnet_core.socialButton.googleLabel Contact Disclosure

Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.

Related Stories

The best of ZDNet, delivered

You have been successfully signed up. To sign up for more newsletters or to manage your account, visit the Newsletter Subscription Center.
Subscription failed.