As I mentioned in my last post on 4G LTE, businesses have been adopting 4G LTE as an enterprise-grade network. One issue that should still be considered prior to rollout is coverage. Enterprises with distributed networks want to know if network access is available where their branch offices are located. It’s great that the carrier companies are aggressively building out their 4G LTE networks. But at the end of the day, is there coverage where the company needs it?
There was a time a couple of years ago when the winner of the race to build the best 4G network was still up for grabs. One strong contender at the time was WiMAX. Back in 2006, Sprint and Clearwire did a joint WiMAX venture, investing a significant amount of money trying to build out their WiMAX network.
Anyone who is still unsure whether LTE is the technology of the future just has to look at the real and potential mergers and acquisitions in the carrier industry to have their doubts put to rest.
As I said in my previous post, CIOs from leading retailers agreed at a recent conference that the new trend is to move business applications to the cloud. This move has put new strains on local retail locations as they scramble to acquire necessary increases in bandwidth and resiliency. But as the cloud evolves, so do the nation’s wireless 3G and 4G LTE networks. Even though the advantages of wireless access now outweigh wired connectivity, many companies are still reluctant to make the switch.
A couple weeks ago in the Cradlepoint blog, Lindsay mentioned the increasing IT spend by CMOs. One way we’re seeing this play out is in an increased emphasis on creating the “integrated shopping experience.” Companies like Macy’s, the Gap, and Banana Republic are at the forefront of this trend to shrink the difference between in-store and online shopping.
I recently attended a conference for CIOs of leading national retailers, and if attendees agreed on one thing, it was the increasing use of cloud-based applications. Whether it be for point-of-sale, inventory, back office, or customer-facing applications, retail operations are turning away from the use of local applications hosted on local servers.
It's pretty cool when you have a chance to help the men and women who protect our communities everyday. Recently, Cradlepoint had the opportunity to do just that by participating in a pilot project with the Boise Police Department, providing 4G wireless hotspots in their patrol cars. The benefit to officers is that they can remain in their assigned patrol area, accessing central databases and filing reports directly from their vehicles without having to return to the station. This keeps officers out in their neighborhoods, serving citizens, instead of being buried with paperwork. Helping to solve connectivity challenges like this is why we at Cradlepoint do what we do.
One of the key metrics of network performance is uptime—the percentage of time a company’s system is connected to a network or the Internet. Typically, when people look for the causes of the loss of connectivity, they usually think in terms of service interruptions: a physical line being cut or lightening striking a utility pole.
Cisco Live events were created to showcase the best and most innovative solutions in the networking world.
It's not just about the content of Cisco's presentations – the medium is the message. They have to provide a flawless networking experience. (Starbucks convention with bad coffee? Hewlett-Packard presentation with faded printouts?)
If there's one thing Saint Lawrence Gridiron owner and chef Brian Garrett knows how to do, it's how to cook up innovative, gourmet food from the back of a truck. Brian specializes in crafting a menu that changes frequently and follows very few rules with one exception: the food must pair well with bourbon and beer. You can find the big, orange Saint Lawrence Gridiron truck plying the streets of Boise, ID, dishing out delicious food to long lines of hungry patrons. This means they need to be ready to serve their customers and accept credit card payments no matter where they park the truck. To accomplish this, Brian uses a Cradlepoint 3G/4G wireless networking solution with a mobile USB modem to create a 4G hotspot that powers his connectivity needs. Now he can bring his truck to any event and not have to worry about turning customers away who didn't think to bring cash