Cisco Introduces New Switches, Wireless VPN Firewall For SMBs2010.04.14 09:39 by Daniela
Tags: Cisco, Wireless
Cisco introduced a new family of switches, a wireless VPN firewall, on-premises equipment for service providers, and the launch of an online SMB training center today. The new offering for the small and midsize business market require minimal IT support, a key feature for resource strapped SMBs that often have small, part-time IT staff or no IT staff at all.
Cisco vice president of Small Business Solutions Marketing, Rick Moran, emphasized the growing importance of the network to smaller organizations. He said, "For more and more SMBs, if the network doesn't work, the business is not functional... if it fails, you're done... that's led them to invest in business grade products."
Though more SMBs may be convinced of the importance of the network to their business, that doesn't necessarily translate to the IT resources to required to support and manage complex data networks. To fill that gap, Cisco SMB products are designed with simplicity in mind that are accessible to business leaders without IT expertise. As Moran said, "We do speak geek, but instead we need to focus on what customers want to do with the network."
According to the vendor, the unmanaged switches the newly release Cisco 100 Series ($57-$413) deliver energy-efficiency and Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet connectivity right out of the box. The switches are the first of a broader rollout from the Cisco SMB group that will continue through the year.
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