Known as the ‘BYOD phenomenon’ or “bring your own device” , corporate workers have a tough time using their own personal devices like tablets or notebooks over secured Cisco Wi-Fi networks. One solution is implementing Cisco TrustSec on existing Cisco Wi-Fi networks but this isn’t a very cost effective solution as it includes replacing Cisco Access Control Server, upgrading switches, etc which is not cheap. Aruba Networks Inc. have announced availability of the Mobile Device Access Control (MDAC) solution for Cisco Wi-Fi setups which is about 85 percent cheaper to implement.
A cost effective solution for enterprises
By using MDAC, existing Cisco customers don’t have to immediately replace existing network equipment as compared to TrustSec. Mark Fabbi, Vice President of Gartner Research advises organizations, “not overspend on highly engineered, expensive, traditional approaches to campus LAN architectures,” but rather, “consider extending the life span of current investments. The trends of server and data center consolidation, hosted virtual desktops and cloud computing have altered the requirements for network services. Consider adding new functionality as centralized overlays, rather than updating large portions of existing infrastructure.”