Wireless networking is GREAT. BUT wireless networking requires careful planning to ensure your network is protected and that your wireless traffic is encrypted and secure to keep unauthorized users from seeing your information.
IBM today announced a new secure wireless networking solution designed to address two central concerns of medium-sized businesses: security and complexity.
The IBM Secure Wireless Networking Solution for Cisco Systems combines IBM and Cisco technologies to tighten security in a single, tested and proven solution, creating the first end-to-end wireless networking solution designed specifically for businesses of approximately 100 to 1,000 employees. The solution will be sold and delivered by IBM Business Partners, who will serve as wireless networking experts for their customers.
Forrester Research, Inc., forecasts 51 percent of medium businesses will add wireless networking capabilities in 2005 (1). However, customer feedback gathered by both Cisco and IBM indicates that medium businesses want help in the design and implementation of a secure wireless network.
“This solution enables businesses to access the same world-class security, stability and integration that was previously only available to large enterprise customers,” said Deepak Advani, vice president, worldwide marketing, IBM Personal Computing Division. “Wireless networking helps people become more productive at times and in places where they simply could not do work before. The secure wireless networking solution will simplify deployment and help improve employee productivity, creating a valuable networking asset for growing medium-sized businesses.”
Security enforcement and ease of use are the primary obstacles to broad wireless network adoption by medium-sized companies, said Ann Sun, senior manager of Wireless/Mobility solutions at Cisco Systems. “This solution allows users to connect easily and more securely to their network, using a network infrastructure they can depend on.”
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