We hear a lot about ‘the Internet of Everything’ (IoE). But, right now, less than 1% of everything in the physical world is network connected.
In the near future the growth of the IoE, which Cisco defines as the convergences of people, process, data, and things, will make networked connections more relevant and valuable than ever before. This will create a wave of unprecedented opportunities for countries, businesses, and citizens.
However, whilst the number of devices, applications, and bandwidth demands are growing, the size of IT staff and budget remains static. Many IT organisations are struggling to manage the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend and cope with the huge growth in mobile devices and network traffic.
The two biggest challenges IT organisations face:
- Complexity: managing separate wired and wireless networks, multiple management systems, multiple network operating systems, and chaotic device on-boarding processes
- Inconsistency of wired and wireless architecture, policy, security, features, and operations. Compared with wired networks, wireless networks do not have the same level of granular Quality of Service (QoS), policy, and security enforcement as close to endpoint devices