Apple and Cisco have teamed up to create an enterprise Internet “fast lane” for iOS users in workplaces that have deployed Cisco’s video and networking infrastructure.
The partnership will see Cisco optimizing its network for iPhones and iPads for a smoother integrated experience. Cisco’s mobile, cloud and premises-based collaboration tools will be optimized for iOS. For example, employees could launch a video conference call directly from an iOS calendar.
The partnership combines Cisco’s dominant position in the enterprise networking space, and Apple’s growing position in phones and mobile pads with enterprise users, especially the millions who bring their own from home. By leveraging the others dominant market position, they are solidifying their own positions.
“iOS is the world’s best mobile platform, and nearly every Fortune 500 and Global 500 company today has put iOS at the center of their mobile strategy,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “iPhone and iPad have become essential tools for the modern workforce and are changing the way work gets done. Together with Cisco, we believe we can give businesses the tools to maximize the potential of iOS and help employees become even more productive using the devices they already love.”
The Fast Lane technology would prioritize bandwidth to enterprise functions such as videoconferences over less important network applications.
More news will be coming for both companies. Cisco will be announcing their Q3 results on Thursday. Apple will be holding their annual product event a week from today.
For more details, see http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2015/08/31Apple-and-Cisco-Partner-to-Deliver-Fast-Lane-for-iOS-Enterprise-Users.html and http://newsroom.cisco.com/press-release-content?type=webcontent&articleId=1715414