Cisco SMB Offensive Continues: More Gear, More Services, More Support


Cisco on Wednesday unveiled a number of new products, services and support options for its small business portfolio, part of a continued SMB offensive that's brought the networking titan big gains in the past two years, according to Andrew Sage, vice president of worldwide small business sales.

Among the Wednesday debuts are a refresh of Cisco's small business-focused managed switch line and a host of new IP phones and video monitoring software options.

On the switch side, Cisco's 300 Series Managed Switches (starting at $217) are designed with power savings and IPv6 support in mind, and include a lifetime warranty. Portfolio-wise, the 300 Series sits roughly between Cisco's low-end, unmanaged switches and the Catalyst series switches more often used in midmarket and enterprise deployments.

Among new phones, there's the SPA 300 Series (entry-level, with support for Cisco Unified Communications 500 Series, starting at $83), and the higher-end SPA 525G2 (listed at $430), a wireless- and Bluetooth-enabled IP phone with a USB port and a call-transferring feature for use with mobile device called Mobile Link.

Software-wise, there's Office Manager (free download), a desktop administration tool for Cisco's Smart Business Communications System, and the Advanced Video Monitoring System ($1,000), which offers monitoring and analytics for small business video surveillance configurations of up to 64 cameras.

Cisco is also releasing two video cameras, part of what Sage called an "increasing conversation" around IP-based video surveillance opportunity. There's the VC 220 Dome ($794), and the higher-end, weather-proof VC 240 Bullet ($921), designed for outdoor deployment.

All of its Wednesday releases, with the exception of a few Cisco 300 series models, are available immediately.

 

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