The coming together of cloud computing, wireless networking and device evolution have created a “perfect storm” in IT which is redefining the very nature of mobility. Prior to the intersection of these forces, the term mobility was used interchangeably with wireless. I would argue that we’ve never really had the building blocks of true mobility; instead we had devices that allowed us to be portable.
What would happen if the user were to lose the device? All of the data stored on the device would be lost. What if the user wants to carry a second device such as a tablet or notebook? Then the onus would be on the user to continually find a way to synchronise the information between the devices.
This isn’t ideal but is manageable when the user has just a couple of devices, but today workers carry anywhere from 3 to as many as 7 devices. Managing the manual movement of data be-tween many devices will be unreliable at best.
The redefinition of mobility involves mobilising not only the device and the user but the content as well. For example, shifting from a premise based e-mail system to a cloud based solution means that a worker could have the same experience on a mobile phone, tablet, notebook or desktop. Any change made on one device would instantly show up on the other devices. Any content over any network on the device of the users choice. This is made possible by the fusion of device evolution, cloud computing and pervasive wireless. Mobility redefined.
To achieve this level of true mobility, the network needs evolve, adapt and change in order to provide a high quality, secure experience.
To enable this ‘redefined mobility’ the network must provide the following:
- Security integrated into the network. Since the IT department has little no direct control of the end point, security must be pushed into the network.
- Personalised experience for the user. Network policies will dictate when users can access information depending on role and location. Additionally, the network should be able to tune itself to optimise multimedia applications such as VoIP and video.
- Consistent policies across the wired, wireless LAN and cellular networks.
- Open and standards based architecture that will allow for the fast integration of compute and application resources.
Mobility is being redefined and users are demanding a high-quality experience along with the ability to access what they want, when they want from wherever they are.
These trends have changed the way users work, and the network now needs to enable the new definition of mobility – mobilising the user, device, content and applications.
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