The Consumerism of IT
Will the consumerization of IT be the final nail in the internal IT support desk?
Recognizing that the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) phenomenon has created a number of security challenges, Cisco today rolled out enhancements to the Cisco Identity Services Engines (ISE) platform meant to unify the way security is managed.
As wireless networks become a core part of enterprise networks everywhere, Sylvia Hooks, Cisco senior marketing manager for mobility, says IT organizations need to integrate the management of wireless networks with the rest of the enterprise. Many organizations, she noted, started out treating wireless networks as a separate overlay, but as mobile computing continues to evolve, she says the time to unify the management of networking across the enterprise is at hand.
In addition to driving down operational costs, Hooks says that because of users accessing corporate resources, using different devices from a variety of places will require a lot more nuance in terms of how security policies need to be applied. To provide that capability, Cisco is adding support to a number of third-party mobile device management systems, while also giving organizations the option to allow end users to self-provision devices based on security polices crafted by the IT organization.
Cisco is also updating its Unified Wireless Network Software. The 7.2 release doubles the video scalability for multicast video, allows one controller to support up to 30,000 devices, and provides IPv6 support for client devices. At the same time, Cisco is integrating management tools that allow IT organizations to get a better handle on the application performance being experienced by actual end users.
Cisco may be ahead of where most organizations are today in regards to BYOD. But as the march towards the consumerization of IT continues, it's becoming clear that IT organizations are going to not only need new tools to manage the network, but also new strategies to deal with the new realities of IT.