Another fun fact – Extreme Networks products can integrate with virtual assistants such as Alexa to simplify network administration tasks.
Virtual assistants, like Alexa and Siri, have quickly become ingrained in our lives. These voice-enabled assistants use voice queries and a natural-language user interface to answer questions and perform actions. For example, we can set alarms, play music, search for information, get directions, and adjust temperature and lighting.
How we interact with technology and the digital world has been radically transformed. No longer are we tethered to a device where we type commands; we can execute tasks and find information faster and easier using simple voice commands. Most importantly, no training is needed –simply communicate what you want in natural language. Voice is becoming the universal user interface
The popularity of virtual assistants is not confined to our homes. They are increasingly making their way into enterprise environments. Gartner predicts that “by 2022, more than 50% of all people collaborating in Industry 4.0 ecosystems will use virtual assistants or independent agents to interact more naturally with their surroundings and with people.”
Examples of voice-enabled virtual assistants in enterprises today include:
Thinking ahead to the future, virtual assistants will play a role in simplifying network administration tasks and operations. Today, network management is typically performed by IT administrators via a browser-driven user-interface (UI), which requires training and is only accessible from a computer.
Virtual assistants have the potential to open a world of possibilities – not only in simplifying administration tasks but also in providing non-IT personnel access to information and network control. For example:
The following video shows how the integration of virtual assistants with Extreme products greatly simplifies network administration tasks like managing employee network access while sipping your morning cup of coffee.
This integration is made possible with Extreme’s next-generation architecture that uses container technology. For example, ExtremeCloud Appliance hosts containerized applications such as Extreme Defender for IoT as well as third-party applications such as AWS Greengrass and Alexa Virtual Assistant.
To learn more about containers and why the technology matters, check out this article from CIO.com or the recent Extreme Using Container Technology to Deliver Security, Policy, and Visibility to the Access Edge blog post. As networks evolve in the digital era, so too will human engagement with them. Virtual assistants won’t just remove the barriers of network engagement, they’ll reimagine them.