Cisco has enabled organisations to prioritise certain apps within its networks, causing them to run faster and more efficiently, through an extension of its partnership with Apple.
Last year, Apple and Cisco joined forces to make iPhones and iPads work more efficiently over Cisco networks. Now, iOS developers can use Cisco's DevNet to validate their apps for a similar process.
Through Fast Lane Validation, Cisco says that enterprises can provide higher-quality WiFi connections to business-critical apps within their network environment. "This gives businesses a technical advantage…as mobile apps have become the primary vehicle for reinventing entire workflows that transform businesses," said Cisco's CTO of DevNet, Susie Wee.
As an example, a hospital with an app that doctors use to access patient records could use the iOS 10 SDK to tag the programme and its data as business critical, ensuring that its quality of service remains high.
Not all apps have the same importance on a business network: some are a low priority; others, like voice and video services, are sensitive to latency and benefit from some extra bandwidth. Automatically ensuring that the right apps and devices are operating efficiently can be difficult, hence Cisco's fast lane validation (we've internally compared it to what could happen without net neutrality laws, although of course prioritising apps on a business network is a little different to doing it on the open internet - a lot less morally reprehensible, for a start!).
Cisco has expanded its work with third-party iOS developers, to support them in validating their apps; doing so enables the software to be optimised for WiFi and prioritised for Cisco WiFi networks. The DevNet now offers a service especially for iOS developers to verify their app functionality on a Cisco infrastructure, without needing to invest heavily in a test bed environment. Cisco is working to expand the DevNet validation process to include MacOS and the newly-announced iOS 11 as part of its test bed.
Another addition to DevNet is the availability of the Cisco Spark SDK for iOS, which ‘makes it easy to embed…Spark capabilities into apps for iPhone and iPad'. Cisco has all of the information on its DevNet site.
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