Cisco has announced a huge overhaul to its small business product portfolio including upgrades to its wireless access points, routers, switches and managed service offerings to meet the growing demand from small firms for cloud and mobile technologies.
The firm explained that as the consumerisation trend is being embraced by firms of all sizes, there is an increased requirement for equipment and services that can help enable and manage the benefits its brings.
"We are looking to provide solutions that can drive productivity and help organisation ensure they get the most from the use of tablets, smartphones and cloud services to ensure they can compete with larger enterprises," Cisco's UK commerical managing director David Critchley told V3.
Critchley touted the Cisco OnPlus Service that allows the firm's partners to provide a managed services cloud offering to small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) that included real-time alerts, remote management capabilities and detailed reporting on wireless devices and traffic levels.
"We are seeing that for SMBs it's very important they can keep up to speed with the latest technology trends so offering a managed cloud-orientated service will offer that capability, and at an affordable level," he said.
The service is available for $250 on a three-year subscription.
Critchley also touted the new 500 Series stackable managed switch that offers up to 10Gbit/s connectivity speeds and IPv6 compatibility as another important upgrade that will help customers keep pace with the increasing network demands.
Improvement to the firm's wireless access points see the launch of the new WAP121 and WAP321 services, that offer Power over Ethernet (PoE) support and can help firms meet the growing traffic being sent over smartphones and tablets being used in the workplace.
Lastly, new RV180 and RV180W routers are designed to offer high-speed and secure connectivity set-ups for office spaces, with Gigabit Ethernet WAN capabilities.
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