5 Amazing New @Cisco_Mobility Features Because of Exclusive Apple/Cisco Partnership

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I want to bring to your attention a new Cisco Blog article on Spark & the Cisco/Apple Exclusive Partnership. It’s a GREAT one to share on social media! Then as I was putting this note together an article came across my Spark feed:

Neat article on the Cisco / Apple partnership and iOS 10. http://www.zdnet.com/article/cisco-apple-partnership-comes-to-fruition-with-ios-10

How timely! It’s funny though because there’s either super high level descriptions of what these new features are or it’s super technical. The statement “Apple devices work better on a Cisco network” is 100% true and 100% defendable. AND it’s true for both On Premises and Meraki Cloud Managed wireless! Trouble is some of the available detail is way too high level:

  • Higher reliability for real-time applications—66 times decrease in probability of poor audio quality experiences
  • Improved quality of experience—10 times more successful web browsing experience
  • Enhanced network performance—86 percent reduction in network message load from the device during roaming
  • Ease of management—Up to 50 percent reduction in network overhead due to SSIDs

Or it gets vague & overly-technical in the On Premises release notes for the new 8.3 controller code:

  • Fastlane QoS
  • 802.11r Fast Transition
  • 802.11v BSS Transition Support
  • Assisted Roaming
  • EDCA Parameters

So here’s the medium-techie way to describe the new Apple features.  These are available NOW with our 8.3 code for On Premises controllers and AP’s as well as our Meraki Cloud managed solution…

  • Fastlane QoS: With iOS 10 devices customers have the ability to “fast lane” certain applications, granting prioritized network bandwidth to apps with an iOS 10-embedded quality of service (QoS) tag. The new capability offers end-to-end improvement in performance across iOS applications.

(Configure On Premises Fastlane QoS) (Fastlane on Meraki)

  • 802.11r Fast Transition: 802.11r (aka. Fast Roaming) introduces a new concept of roaming where the process of roaming is done even before the client actually moves to the target AP (this is called Fast Transition).

(Configure On Premises Fast Transition) (Configure 802.11r in Meraki)

  • 802.11v BSS Transition Support: Two cool things happen here:
    • Network assisted Power Savings which helps clients to improve battery life by enabling them to sleep longer. As an example, mobile devices typically use a certain amount of idle period to ensure that they remain connected to access points and therefore consume more power when performing the following tasks while in a wireless network.
    • Network assisted Roaming which enables the WLAN to send requests to associated clients, advising the clients as to better APs to associate to. This is useful for both load balancing and in directing poorly connected clients.

(Here’s how to configure it for On Premises.)

  • Assisted Roaming: This is also known as 802.11k. The 802.11k standard allows clients to request reports containing information about known neighbor APs that are candidates for roaming.

(Configure On Premises Assisted Roaming) (Configure in Meraki)

  • EDCA Parameters: Enhanced Distributed Channel Access (EDCA) parameters are designed to provide preferential wireless channel access for voice, video, and other quality-of-service (QoS) traffic. This new version of code gives much better control to network administrators.

(Configure & tune On Premises EDCA) (Configure Meraki Bandwidth and Traffic Shaping)

Please comment below and share this article and ask your Cisco reseller/sales team about the Cisco & Apple partnership and how you can be ready to take advantage of these amazing features.

Book Recomendations

The New IT by Jill Dyche

Discusses how IT can be a more integral part of the business making it more agile and competitive.

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

Probably one of my favorite books I’ve read in a long time.  Have you ever driven to work and realized you don’t even remember the drive itself?  This book discusses how habits are formed, how they work, and how they drive nearly everything we do… AND how to change them. This is a MUST READ!

Good to Great by Jim Collins

This is probably one of my favorite business books of all time.  It describes how to set BHAG’s… Big Hairy Audacious Goals… The concept really resonated with me.  It also talks about how to built momentum that pushes you through the low points or tough times.

Essentialism by Greg McKeown

I didn’t like this book because it was like looking in to a mirror. I was proud of the fact that I never said NO to a task but looking back that habit really hurt. Essentialism is about how to prioritize and organize so you’re always making the greatest impact. Just like you can focus a MagLight flashlight, you can focus your own energy.

The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

Another MUST READ. If you want to understand trends: how they happen, how they sustain, how they fizzle out… you must read this great book. By understanding how trends happen, you can effect your own activities to catch on or be adopted.

Leading Digital by George Westerman, Didier Bonnet, and Andrew McAfee

What is a Digital Master and how have some companies used digital mastery to disrupt?  Good question. Ready the book. Great one.

What Got You Here Won’t Get You There by Marshall Goldsmith

This is a great book if you feel you’ve reached a plateau in your career or in your business. Marshall talks about the issues/habits that come up with success and ways to address them.

One thing that spoke directly to me was the chapter on apologizing. How to recognize when it’s important and how to do it professionally. Verbalizing that mistakes were made and acknowledgement that it caused pain.  There’s more to it, but you’ll need to read the book to learn more.

Doing Both by Inder Sidhu

Written by the SVP for Strategy & Planning at Cisco, doing both talks about the dichotomy many companies face when deciding to be sustaining or disruptive.  Doing Both talks about how Cisco… well… is doing both.

Becoming the Boss by Lindsey Pollak

As millennials begin to take the management and executive positions, what their environment growing up may have been radically different than their baby boomer or GenX’er subordinates. Becoming the Boss talks about how that bridge is gapped and how to be successful.  I particularly enjoyed the business book review section.

UX Domain APs

Since the beginning the Access Point market has used tight controls to ensure they follow all applicable laws for RF broadcasting. Even in the era of software defined radios, export compliance requires strict adherence to country laws. This is why AP’s from Cisco have had part numbers applicable to various countries and regulatory domains. More part numbers often equates to more complication.

Now, with Cisco’s Universal Domain Access Points, you can order an AP that can be regulatory domain agnostic. This is a great blog From Sam Clement that describes how to tie a Universal Domain AP to a regulatory domain.