Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)Bring your personal devices to the enterprise network with Cisco User Defined Network

Are your users overloading your network with their devices? It’s no wonder. With streaming services, video game systems, virtual assistants, wireless speakers, and other devices it’s a struggle to meet demands of your network users.

Add chatty protocols such as mDNS and UPnP among others—and it just adds to the damage it can do to your enterprise network.

The Cisco User Defined Network (UDN) solution is your savior as it helps you meet the growing demand of proliferation of wireless devices. Announced earlier this summer and already getting strong industry buzz—it was a finalist for CRN’s 2020 Innovation of the Year Award—UDN is available now in North America.

How does it work? It all begins on a shared network; for example you could have students in a dorm or seniors living in senior living facilities or developers and testers looking to emulate home environment. There’s a lot of devices jockeying for space on the network and not only that, these devices aren’t private. Anyone can see them, and a lot of time, anyone can access them. With Cisco UDN users get their own private partition on the network.

Now your users can bring their home devices to the enterprise network and control their devices like they do at home. Users will now only see their personal devices on the network even when they are connected to a shared enterprise network. Not only that—and here’s the really cool thing—they can invite other users to their UDN and even share services between their personal devices and their friend’s devices while in their UDN defined partition.

And it couldn’t be easier. All users have to do is download a new mobile app from Cisco (available for free in the Apple App and Google Play stores). This app allows them to control their UDN-defined partition, you can allow and deny access to your devices with a touch of a button. But get this, users can pre-register their personal devices before they bring them in enterprise network. That means user devices are ready to be used the minute they walk on campus. None of our competitors can say the same thing. The only thing that you have to do is enable the Cisco UDN solution from Cisco DNA Center and it works!

Now that we told you what Cisco User Defined Network is all about, I’m sure your next question is, “How does it make my job easier and what about the network?” We’ve got you covered, check this out:

Privacy – Currently, when users connect to an enterprise network, they see all of the devices on the network—not just their own devices. With Cisco UDN, they get the peace of mind that only they can see their personal devices which they have registered through mobile app. And the flip side is no one can see their devices (see below).

Control – Currently when users authenticate to the shared network, anybody could take control of their devices because they see those devices in the network. With Cisco UDN, malicious users cannot see other devices on network, so they cannot take control of your users’ personal devices.

Manage home device proliferation – You can only say no so many times to your network users to bring their home devices to the network. You know the reasons why not, but they’re not going to listen to you. To add to this frustration, this holiday season there’s a new launch of Xbox Series X, and PlayStation 5. Good luck getting anyone to keep these at home, so these devices on your network are only going to increase in numbers.

Sharing – With Cisco UDN, network users can now share devices and services with each other like they used to do at home with their family and friends. So, whether it’s playing multiplayer on your game consoles, printing on a wireless printer, playing music on your roommates’ new wireless speaker or dropping files to your friend, Cisco UDN makes it just an invitation away.

  • Chandan Mehndiratta

    Enterprise Networks Senior Director, Product Management December 2, 2020

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