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ConnectWe live in an ever-increasingly connected world, where our workspace is with us constantly, independent of geographic location and user device. The days of boundaries or obstacles to access information that location, applications and devices would erect are limited and dwindling.

These boundaries are being torn down by business necessity, personal preferences and technical innovations. Businesses are increasingly expanding locally and globally, increasing the geographic area in which they operate and need for access to information.

The huge growth of the mobile internet provides insight into how work and work product has moved far beyond a stationary desk. It is technical innovations, however, that are ushering in a new borderless network architecture that’s delivering the capability to experience a workspace without borders, friction or frustration.

Merriam-Webster defines the word “borderless” to be simply “being without a border”.  By definition, a Borderless Network Architecture means a network with no borders.  It’s a simple statement but it’s not the simplest concept to grasp.

The easiest way to describe what Borderless Networks can do is to think about the vision of any worker being able to accomplish any task, on any device from wherever they are.  Now think about the borders that currently prevent the worker from accomplishing this goal.  That might be the fact that they cannot access the corporate network from where they are, or on the device they are using.  Cisco’s Borderless Networks is an architecture that will allow companies to remove these borders and fulfill on this any time, any place, any device vision.

The reason Borderless Networks can be confusing is that there is no single way to remove these borders.  It might just be a small change to the network, or it could be a multi-year project, depending on what borders currently impede the solution.  That will determine what changes need to be made and which new products need to be purchased and deployed.

For example, if a company is looking to enable an application to run on multiple operating systems, such as mobile phones, the answer could be as simple as pushing the application to the cloud.  Alternatively, the right answer might be to run virtual desktops.  Either way, once the decision is made, RTM has a reference architecture that falls under the umbrella of Borderless Network that can help our clients optimize the network for either cloud or VDI delivery.

The technical challenges may involve video, wireless, security, network infrastructure, cloud, virtualization or any other area, but the goal is the same — remove the borders that prevent the organization from moving forward.