After what seems like years of hype about “omnichannel” or “connected commerce” in the retail industry, we are still constantly renaming and redefining the concept. Don’t expect it to go away quietly — as it’s necessary as technology advancements continue to drive changes in the experience demanded by customers. Perhaps the most significant change is the overwhelming expectation of constant connectivity.
In the year 2016, restaurants are much more complex than tables, chairs, and a cash register. From customer WiFi and digital signage to Point-of-Sale (POS) machines that require PCI Compliance, the food and beverage industry cannot function without reliable network connectivity.
While distributed enterprises differ in a variety of ways — including goals, needs, and budget limitations — they also share a distinct commonality: They all require network connectivity. The proliferation of digital devices and cloud-based applications drives the need for constant Internet uptime.
This time of year, Santa Clause needs all the help he can get. That’s why Cradlepoint is thrilled to provide connectivity again this Christmas in support of those who track Father Christmas during his worldwide gift-giving mission.
Cradlepoint’s newest product release, the Dual-Modem Dock created for the COR IBR1100, is special. Perhaps most importantly, the dock is a direct response to our customers. They expressed a need to keep their vehicle fleets and M2M connections up and running 24/7, and we supplied the solution.
Is there a better way to handle Out-of-Band Management (OOBM)? The concept of OOBM is not new. For years network engineers and architects have been building separate management networks. Whether it is through a management VLAN or dial-up modems, the concept is the same. How do I access my equipment outside of the data path? Console servers, serial aggregators and POTS lines have all been used in the past, and they all have the same challenges: cost, management, maintenance, etc.
Energy companies often are among the most distributed enterprises. With oil and natural gas wells, windmills, and office locations spread across wide, rural expanses, always-on network connectivity can be very challenging. Uptime is just as mission-critical in this industry as it is in a traditional branch office or retail store.
Dec. 7-13 is Computer Science Education Week, which gives me great reason to talk about something I am passionate about: Addressing the shortage of trained programmers in the U.S.
Whether guarding against inappropriate student web surfing or serious network attacks, choosing a leading cloud-managed routing solution provides schools with the ability to cost-effectively keep their networks secure.