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Cisco enters mobility network business with Cisco Motion interface news
29 May 2008

Mumbai: Cisco plans to venture into the mobility network business with a new advanced interface, which supports a wide range of mobility services across wireless and wired networks.

The new Cisco 3300 Series Mobility Services Engine (MSE) known as Cisco Motion is the company's innovative vision for business mobility, designed to deliver practical solutions to integrate mobile devices, applications, security and other networks into a unified platform.

This appliance-based platform offers an open application programming interface (API) for consolidating and supporting mobility services across wireless and wired networks. Cisco MSE is offering four software offerings initially including Cisco Context-Aware Software, Cisco Adaptive Wireless Intrusion Prevention System (wIPS), Cisco Secure Client Manager and Cisco Mobile Intelligent Roaming.

Flextronics, a valued Cisco partner and global leading Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) provider for Cisco and OEMs, is looking to the Cisco Context-Aware Mobility solution to track Cisco's capital assets as a service at its global manufacturing sites. In Austin, Texas, the company tracks high-value assets like thermal chambers and testing equipment used to manufacture products, enabling it to account for Cisco capital equipment and easily locate it in real-time.

The Cisco MSE and its software integrate with the Cisco Unified Wireless Network portfolio, Cisco Unified Communications Manager and Cisco-compatible devices to expand the reach and value of an enterprise's mobility system.

Several application and solution partners have integrated or plan to integrate with the MSE including Nokia, Oracle, AeroScout, Agito Networks and Airetrak, as well as industry-specific application partners such as IntelliDOT and Johnson Controls (healthcare) and OATSystems (manufacturing).

Brett Galloway, senior vice president of Cisco's Wireless and Security Technology Group, said, "Today's business mobility challenges cannot be solved using only traditional wireless LAN solutions when multiple network elements are converging and need to collaborate. Cisco's Motion approach is a true services-oriented network architecture that creates a mobility network as a platform for integrating key business strategies, processes and goals,"

"To meet and exceed business mobility expectations, IT must secure and manage a range of devices, integrate multiple networks, enable applications, access information with a high level of security, and help ensure a consistent experience regardless of network connection or location," he added.

The Cisco Context-Aware Software is scheduled to begin shipping in June 2008. The Cisco Unified Wireless Network Software Release 5.1 will be shipped in May 2008, and includes critical new mobility features, as well as support for the Motion architectural approach. Both the Cisco Adaptive Wireless IPS Software and Cisco Mobile Intelligent Roaming Software are scheduled  in the second half of 2008, and the Cisco Secure Client Manager Software is scheduled to ship in the first half of 2009.

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Cisco enters mobility network business with Cisco Motion interface