Mobility + End User Devices
Today’s average user has two or more mobile devices connected to the network. This mobile mindset is transforming business processes and requires strategic planning to integrate the right components to fit your specific environment and needs. Iron Bow works with you to meet this mobile demand securely and efficiently. Knowing that most organizations cannot afford to mobilize their entire enterprise overnight, Iron Bow addresses the most critical security and management issues creating a springboard for a more mature and evolved system in the future. Solutions are deployed on premise, via the cloud or in a hybrid model.
Secure Mobile Solutions – with today’s mobile usage, data is more exposed than ever. Determine the right security solution to keep data accessible for those who need it and protected from those who don’t.
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) – meet the needs of a mobile and dispersed workforce while removing administrative burdens from IT with a strategic deployment of virtual desktop infrastructure.
Mobile Device Management – automate the distribution, maintenance and support of your mobile infrastructure.
Application Modernization – applications need to be modernized to work on any type of device. Determine which apps to take mobile and how to manage the development and deployment process.
Programmability (Orchestration + Automation) – create interfaces between vendors to ensure the solutions not only work together, but also deliver higher value.
Iron Bow in Action
Easing Mobile Enablement
Iron Bow’s client faced several key challenges when it came to deploying new tablets and phones, including how to safeguard sensitive information and control what apps would be installed. It was also cumbersome for users to access the network, as it required a network passcode and VPN. The Iron Bow team proposed an on-premise, central management solution to securely improve wireless access. The project was on an aggressive deadline to deploy within a 60-day timeframe. Upon completion, the client could remotely configure and monitor all the devices through a single web-based console that also provided enhanced password controls and the ability to remotely lock and wipe any lost or stolen device. The VPN was configured to automatically connect users for instant access to the network allowing on-demand access to an entire workflow.
Iron Bow worked with the client to put an Enterprise Application Catalog in place to allow technical staff to control the applications end users can download to their devices. Providing an approved app store ensured users did not download unauthorized, unsafe or inappropriate apps. This also allowed mobile device users instant, and secure, access to applications built by the in-house team. Iron Bow also installed a secure tunneling interface connecting enterprise resources with mobile devices to deliver application updates and data to authorized users.
Enabling Trusted and Untrusted Access
In partnership with Century Link, Iron Bow was engaged to design, implement and test a Cisco Unified 802.11n capable wireless network across four buildings. This network provided wireless Internet access for internal (trusted) and external (untrusted) users. The implementation of the wireless solution enabled the client to monitor and track user web usage, as well as provide web filtering, and enforce content management policy. The deployed solution also enabled wireless LAN utilization planning, configuration and management. Examples of this include radio frequency prediction, policy provisioning, network optimization, troubleshooting, reporting, asset tracking, location-based services, security monitoring and overall wireless LAN systems management.
Windows of Opportunity
The IRS was facing a migration need of all of their desktop and laptop systems from Windows XP to Windows 7. The Agency had 103,000 individual systems across 600 different sites with users that handle financial data on every U.S. citizen and corporation. Iron Bow did an assessment of IRS’s infrastructure and applications to determine how each would support or react to the migration. A plan was put in place to upgrade or replace non-viable components. Iron Bow automated self-scheduling of migrations and notified computer users allowing them to select available windows of time for their machine’s migration. The legacy IRS enterprise included nearly 6,000 unique software applications. The number of titles in use was reduced to just over 1,800 as part of the migration. More than 103,000 workstations were upgraded.
Developing a Modern Wireless Campus
A federal health agency needed a new Enterprise Class Wi-Fi infrastructure at their Las Vegas campus. Beginning with an on-site instrumented survey of the existing wireless infrastructure at each of the six facilities on the Las Vegas campus, Iron Bow designed, integrated, and deployed a solution that met current and future needs. The solution integrated with the existing components to support existing and future bar code dedication and expansion, mobile medical devices, data, voice, and wireless video systems, biomedical engineering applications, electrocardiogram (EKG) systems, radio frequency identification (RFID) and other location services and other wireless applications.
In meeting the agency’s requirement for seamless roaming, scalability and redundancy, the Iron Bow Team equipped the Las Vegas campus with a solution that far extends their previous wireless infrastructures capabilities. Scalability was provided throughout the campus to include clinical and administrative areas as well as external areas such as walkways and parking areas, and enough redundancy is engineered into the solution to ensure continued operation at 100 percent capacity and to support a 50 percent expansion of wireless clients without impacting performance.
Improving Wireless Access
Iron Bow provided full lifecycle professional services to design and implement a large scale Software Defined Networking (SDN) solution for a DoD resort facility. The SDN solution was introduced as a way to provide better guest access to wireless service. Our team successfully delivered a centrally managed and orchestrated solution that encompassed both wired and wireless network services leveraging Meraki’s cloud-based networking solution. This included installing over 15,000 feet of new Single Mode Fiber (SMF) and 191 Cat5e plenum voice/data cable runs in support of the new guest networking infrastructure. Our experts planned and supported the migration from both the existing multi-mode fiber backbone and the legacy Ruckus wireless implementation to the new SDN solution. This approach introduced a software-driven, centrally managed solution to maximize the use of automation and streamline operations including single click provisioning.
Through experience and assessments we understand how to roll out mobility solutions right, the first time.
Our assessment approach helps us understand the unique needs of your environment and users.
Mobility designed to meet the needs of how your employees work and access data.