Cisco’s new SMB initiative aims at offering better productivity to Indian SMBs

Infotech Lead India: Networking major Cisco’s new SMB initiative is aimed at offering better productivity to small businesses in India by enabling mobile employees to work and collaborate with a high degree of security.

Announced at the Asia Pacific, Japan and Greater China (APJC) Partner-Led Network Event, the portfolio will help Cisco partners better serve customers.

Cisco’s new SMB offerings include: new all-in-one security solution, the Cisco ISA500 Series Integrated Security Appliances, which combine highly secure Internet, wireless, dual wide-area network, site-to-site, and remote VPN access with unified threat management capabilities, new collaboration products that include the Cisco SPA232D Multi-Line DECT ATA.

The networking company has also added Cisco SPA302D Multi-Line DECT Handset and Cisco SPA500DS Expansion Module, a digital attendant console that attaches to the SPA500 Series IP Phones.

In addition, SMBs will also benefit from new offerings that include Cisco RV215W Wireless-N VPN Router with 3G/4G, an affordable wireless router that supports connectivity options including 3G and 4G via USB and Software updates for the Cisco WAP121 Wireless-N Access Point with Power over Ethernet (PoE) and the Cisco WAP321Wireless-N Selectable-Band Access Point with PoE.

Cisco claims that the firmware upgrades will enable single-point setup to simplify the deployment of office-wide wireless networks.

For partners and customers who want to offer value-added network management services, the Cisco OnPlus family of cloud-based network management services helps simplify the monitoring, management, and maintenance of small and midsize networks. OnPlus Security is currently offered with the ISA500 in Australia and New Zealand only.

“Cisco is committed to the success of our partners including delivering innovative solutions to help partners and customers differentiate themselves. We’re also giving our partners in the small and midsize spaces unprecedented access to Cisco engineers for presales support and to services such as Cisco OnPlus Scanner to help monitor and manage their networks,” said Andrew Sage, vice president, Worldwide Partner Led, Cisco.

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