Apple Partners with Cisco to Create “Fast Lane” for iOS Enterprise Customers

by Istvan Fekete on September 1, 2015

Apple and Cisco yesterday announced a partnership to help bring more iPhones and iPads to enterprise users. The partnership aims to help Apple iOS devices communicate more effectively on corporate networks where Cisco gear is used, and the two companies will work on technology to help workers with iPads and iPhones better exploit Cisco’s collaboration products such as video and Web conferencing services.

“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.”

“Ninety-five percent of companies in the Fortune 500 count on Cisco Collaboration and Cisco networks to help their teams be more productive,” said Cisco Executive Chairman John Chambers. “Through this engineering and go-to-market partnership, we’re offering our joint customers the ability to seamlessly extend that awesome Cisco environment to their favorite iOS devices. Together, we’re going to help teams achieve higher levels of productivity and effectiveness.”

The partnership comes at a time when Apple is attempting to increase its presence in the enterprise market. First, Apple partnered up with IBM to jointly create apps for the workplace while the latter contributes to the sale of Apple devices to enterprise customers.

“We are going to talk about a new generation of partnerships,” Cisco Executive Chairman John Chambers said.

The problem they are trying to solve is that of ensuring employees get adequate networking performance in the workplace. Their solution: a “fast lane” for iOS devices in the corporate world, prioritizing wireless and Web connections so critical business apps aren’t compromised by streaming non-business fare.

Another issue they will solve is that many workers have their phone address book on their iPhones rather than on their work desk phones, which may be supplied by Cisco. Integrating such directories is a goal of the partnership, Apple CEO Tim Cook said.

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