In my previous blog post (link to “The Quest for Five 9s Making For Strange Bedfellows”), I mentioned how many of our enterprise customers are now achieving continuous (AKA “Five 9s” or 99.999%) network connectivity with wireless alone. In most cases, they do it by using two cell carriers per branch location. (If Carrier A’s network goes down, the routing device switches to Carrier B until Carrier A comes back online).
Today I’d like to discuss three facts that are leading to a tectonic shift in cellular carrier business practices, and the implications of this shift:
Fact One: The world of cellular carriers is fiercely competitive.
(After having spent 17 years with one of the largest cellular carriers, I can assure you it’s true.)
Common among today’s business leaders is the topic of agility and the need to stay ahead of the competition. But naturally, as the conversation moves from C-level executives to the ones responsible for implementing so called “agility” the conversation shifts. It shifts from discussing the benefits that include cost savings, greater return on investment and greater efficiencies to the challenges of bringing those benefits to fruition. Regardless of market sector, the challenges typically relate back to the foundational technology, its ability to adapt, and for today’s IT professional, a myriad of security concerns.
In recent blog posts, we’ve talked about advancements in technology that are creating the “Internet of Things”—a paradigm where humans talk to machines—and machines talk to machines. Where each device is uniquely identifiable; where the interaction between people and machines creates unprecedented amounts of data, helping businesses run faster and smarter, people to live more comfortable lives, and human knowledge to grow.
In late November, Cradlepoint product manager David Rush blogged (“Is LTE the Winner? Follow the Money” and “Whatever Happened to WiMax?”) about how LTE appears to have won the race for the “wireless technology of the future.” LTE and two other changes in technology have combined to make wireless connectivity the intelligent choice for secure, reliable network access at distributed enterprise locations. The two other factors are:
The movement to the cloud of business-critical applications and services. The rise of mobility as a key to gaining competitive advantage.