Cisco Vaults Over 4 Million Wireless Access Points Milestone
Cisco® today announced that it reached another milestone in pervasive wireless adoption as it eclipsed the 4 millionth enterprise wireless access point shipped driven by increased enterprise demand for mobility services and unprecedented channel penetration in key markets.
“By working with our channel partners, Cisco is accelerating the global market for wireless and is expanding the adoption of wireless as a key enabler for advanced mobility services, such as voice, security, guest access and location-based services,” said Brett Galloway, vice president and general manager of Cisco’s Wireless Networking Business Unit. “The market is at an inflection point where wireless is moving industries beyond information access and into an era of insight, collaboration and awareness.”
Berbee Information Networks exemplifies the growing opportunity for channel partners. Recognizing the converging trend of wireless with other in-demand technologies, such as voice over IP, Berbee excels in providing converged wired and wireless network ecosystems by offering its customers a comprehensive array of Cisco solutions.
“Increasingly customers tell us that they want the ability to unify wired and wireless resources, services, security and management profiles,” said Josh Zenner, wireless solutions specialist at Berbee. “By coupling the breadth and depth of Cisco’s solutions portfolio with Berbee’s expertise, our customers gain a competitive edge that transcends speeds and feeds.”
“Wireless is the ideal platform for almost all information technology and knowledge-based-management systems,” said Craig Mathias, a Principal with the wireless and mobile advisory firm Farpoint Group. “Given Cisco’s performance, scalability and reliability, employees can be productive according to their own schedule, location and personal preferences. With wireless, work is rapidly moving away from a place you go to something you do.”
According to Dell’Oro Group’s latest published market data, the calendar fourth quarter enterprise wireless LAN market grew at 34.2 percent year over year, reaching $1.25 billion for the 2006 calendar year. Of this, Cisco leads the enterprise WLAN market with 65.9 percent market share, showing strong increases in market share over the past eight quarters across both total segment as well as dramatic increases in the WLAN controller market.
Relentless Drumbeat of New Introductions Skyrockets Cisco Unified Wireless Network
In 2005, Cisco unveiled its Unified Wireless Network vision, an architectural design that integrates and utilizes the power of a controller-based foundation to manage new mobility services across advanced, lightweight access points. Understanding that most businesses have wired networks in place, Cisco began to incorporate its best-in-class wired technologies into its wireless LAN architecture, thus unifying wired and wireless services.
In June of 2006, Cisco bolstered its Unified Wireless Network by integrating new advanced mobility services as a core function. These mobility services include wireless location and asset tracking, improved voice over wireless LAN capability, hardened wireless security, and customized guest access functionality.
Recently, Cisco furthered its Unified Wireless Network vision by integrating the latest of its 802.1X client security supplicant offerings and its award-winning Self-Defending Network as part of its Secure Wireless Solution, thus providing businesses with a comprehensive end-to-end wired and wireless security solution.
In the burgeoning outdoor wireless market, Cisco leads the industry with the largest outdoor wireless wins, including the 1,500 square miles of Silicon Valley, the Northern Region of Singapore, and several major U.S. cities and state capitals, including Albany, N.Y.; Austin, Texas and Madison, Wis. By engineering seamless integration between indoor and outdoor wireless networks, Cisco offers unparalleled service capabilities for users, regardless of their location.
More information about Cisco wireless solutions can be found at: www.cisco.com/go/wireless.
Berbee, a CDW company, is a proven partner for IT solutions, including network infrastructure, productivity applications, server and storage infrastructure, communication and collaboration, and security. Berbee’s data centers deliver hosted applications, co-location, and managed services to clients nationwide. Berbee is a leading provider of technology for business and is among a handful of companies worldwide to achieve the highest level of partnership with our strategic partners Cisco, IBM, and Microsoft. Berbee has offices in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Additional information about Berbee is available at www.berbee.com.
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