Cisco Wireless Release 8.0 is now available: Product Bulletin 

The Cisco VNI Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast, 2013 – 2018 revealed some stunning trends with growth projections that are sure to have a dramatic impact on wireless networks worldwide.

In 2013, globally, there were nearly 22 million wearable devices generating 1.7 petabytes of monthly traffic. There were well-nigh 7 billion mobile-ready devices and connections with mobile network connection speeds that have increasingly than doubled, to 1.4Mbps up from 526 Kbps in 2012.

By 2018, there will be increasingly than 10 billion mobile-ready devices and connections. The stereotype mobile connection speed will nearly double, from 1.4 Mbps in 2013 to 2.5 Mbps and over 4.9 billion devices will be IPv6-capable. There will be increasingly traffic offloaded from cellular networks (on to Wi-Fi) than remain on cellular networks.




At the same time, the mobile workspace trend is helping employees and partners embrace mobile technologies, create new possibilities for untethered work styles, enable largest consumer engagement, and connect with people, information, and services. Customers wideness industries like Higher Education, K-12, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Retail or other verticals, squatter the same challenges: increasingly users coming onto the network, increasingly users bringing increasingly devices (BYOD), increasingly devices that have only wireless connectivity (no wired port), increasingly security requirements, and Operating system policies changes with updates on each of those devices.

The IEEE 802.11ac standard will provide wireless networks largest performance and coverage and write the demand for vendee access, including 802.11ac-enabled clients.

Many features in Release 8.0 were designed specifically to enable our customers to take wholesomeness of the latest mobile trends. Here are some of the highlights:

    • Cisco HDX with Optimized Roaming and Receiver Start of Packet Detection Threshold (Rx-SOP)
      • Optimized Roaming monitors the connection quality of all devices and proactively prompts poorly performing vendee devices to seek a largest connection much sooner.
      • Receiver Start of Packet Detection Threshold (Rx-SOP) optimizes network performance at high-density deployments such as mobile workspaces, collaboration areas and auditoriums where wangle points need to optimize service for the nearest clients. By reducing lamina size using Rx-SOP, customers can write the problematic clients with weak RF links (sticky clients) and enable efficient load balancing wideness access.

    • IPv6 infrastructure support allows IT administrators the worthiness to configure the unshortened WLAN infrastructure with IPv6 addresses and enable the liaison between the Wireless Controller and AP, Prime Infrastructure, Radius Server and Mobility Services Engine using IPv6 throughout the network.
    • Granular per user and per device policies for Application Visibility and Tenancy (AVC) to provide the right wangle to users and maintain operational financing by properly managing applications and their bandwidth use.

  • Policies for Multicast discovery protocols such as Bonjour and Chromecast. Location specific and per user group Bonjour Policies enable customers to deploy Bonjour at scale by simplifying tenancy of services wangle by user types without needing to segment users unto variegated SSIDs or VLANs. In wing this full-length allows consumer to view Bonjour location specific services misogynist on wired and wireless networks. Chromecast policies indulge deployments over large networks with multiple VLANs while restricting wangle to a specific group of users.
  • Service Provider features PMIPv6 MAG on AP and Q-in-Q tagging that provide deployment flexibility for interoperability of Wi-Fi and mobile packet cadre networks.
  • A largest location (blue dot) wits with increasingly frequent location updates for Wi-Fi clients using CMX FastLocate and CMX Presence Analytics that enables customers to proceeds insight well-nigh visitor patterns in their venues and use it to modernize merchantry decisions.
  • CMX for Facebook Wi-Fi integrated with Mobility Services Engine to enable customers to incent guests with a premium guest experience

Several increasingly innovative features in Cisco Software Release 8.0 are described in the release bulletin.

Release 8.0 has all the innovative features you have been waiting for to get your network ready for the fall season. We’ll be fleshing out some of these features in follow up blogs:

From all of us at Cisco Wireless, enjoy the rest of your summer!