Cisco has rolled out new technologies including Wi-Fi 6E access points and Private 5G services to help organisations adapt to hybrid work scenarios.

Businesses of all sizes have had to adjust to major transitions over the past two years, and these have reshaped IT plans and operations. Adopting a hybrid work strategy with staff working from home, at the office, or anywhere calls for ubiquitous wireless connectivity, Switchzilla says.

But what is hybrid work? In a blog post, Greg Dorai, VP for Cisco’s secure-access product portfolio, said that every organisation has to define what it means for them.

“A big difference from before the pandemic is that the remote worker will no longer be a minority,” he said. This means that organisations will need infrastructure to handle a greater level of rich video traffic, and need to consider what kind of a network will be required to deliver this and enable the best experience.

To address these requirements, Cisco has released a bunch of new solutions. These comprise a pair of Wi-Fi 6E access points, the Catalyst 9136 and Meraki MR57; a Private 5G managed service for enterprises; and new Catalyst 9000X switch models based on its Silicon One Q200 chip.

Cisco claims that its Private 5G service will be different from rival solutions in that it will integrate with a customer’s Wi-Fi and IT operations environments. Rather than deploying a carrier-centric 5G solution, Cisco also states it will handle all the complexities of the mobile network stack, and provide a simple management portal that integrates with existing enterprise tools.

 

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