Enterprise workers do things differently today, and the demands for technology are great. What’s driving this revolution: Real-time communication and collaboration, instant access to information, a mobile workforce, and a craze for the latest devices and applications. All this makes doing business easier, but puts increasing demands on the enterprise network.
Some of the most interesting trends here spotlight just how big the coming demand for wireless bandwidth will be:
• Up to 60 percent of today’s enterprise employees work “away from a desk,” either remotely or in a mobile environment. This percentage is expected to grow as more workers become empowered with wireless technology.
• It’s not just about the business smartphone. Mobile and wireless computing devices connected to an enterprise WLAN or IP network are proliferating (examples include sensors, monitoring devices, and M2M devices used across all vertical industries). Says computerworld.com, "It took 100 years to achieve the billionth device on the network. It will take 10 years to achieve the next billion“ and soon“we'll be adding a billion devices a month.”
• By 2014, video will dominate global IP and wireless traffic. This includes interactive videoconferencing and YouTube product tutorials, for example.
• Open source = faster innovation and growth. The Android platform became the number one smartphone operating system worldwide at the end of 2010, says IDC. This is significant because Android is an open source platform, making integration of future technologies and applications much easier. The latest Android smartphones run on 4G networks.
4G is the wireless technology that today helps enterprises manage the wireless bandwidth tsunami.
What makes 4G technology different from 3G? The 4G network uses IP (Internet Protocol) from end to end and is the first network designed to specifically carry wireless data. Bandwidth speeds are unmatched by all earlier wireless technologies as well.
So how can you make 4G a reality in your enterprise?
1 – Says TechTarget, don’t just focus on the new technology itself. Rather, focus on the business processes that could especially benefit from 4G mobile technology.Work across the enterprise organization to identify those processes.
2 –To address the needs of the growing number of mobile workers, implement desktop virtualization on alternative mobile devices. More than being a cost saver, desktop virtualization is a business enabler for the remote worker. The new “desktop” can now be found on the mobile devices best suited for the out-of-office worker. Given bandwidth demands, 4G is the technology best suited to deliver the voice, video, and data for today’s employee in a virtual world.
3 –Cio.com emphasizes putting in place a network capacity plan. Anticipate bandwidth requirements, for both wireless and wireline devices, while considering current and future application needs. Then, build out your application delivery optimization (ADO) framework which matches the enterprise infrastructure to application requirements.4G will be a critical component of your plan as you optimize both your business processes and bandwidth.