SAN JOSE, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 04/12/12 -- Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) today announced it has expanded its small business product portfolio with new wireless access points, routers, switches, unified communications and partner-managed service offerings. These new solutions help to drive customer productivity and growth by allowing small businesses to get the most out of smartphones, tablets, and cloud applications and services. Cisco's product innovations are ensuring that businesses of all sizes can keep pace with the needs of their customers by staying connected with the right secure, reliable network.
The new suite of small business networking and communication offerings builds on Cisco's dedication to provide partners who sell Cisco solutions to small businesses with a complete portfolio of purpose-built products and solutions to create the right networks for their customers. Cisco is also announcing new offerings today that help Cisco resellers offer new remote network management services. By extending the cloud-based partner managed service offerings of the Cisco OnPlus Service with new wireless network management tools and capabilities, Cisco will enable its partners to capture the growing demand for outsourced IT services that are being driven by the surge in smartphones and tablets that require secure Wi-Fi connectivity.
These new products are being introduced as the reliable and secure connectivity required by the mobile devices and cloud services IT model are quickly elevating the role and importance of the network for small businesses. The number of mobile-connected devices is expected to exceed the world's population in 2012(1), and the adoption of cloud services by small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) is expected to hit 98 percent by 2015(2). Furthermore, during the next two years, SMBs in the U.S. alone are expected to spend $50 billion on cloud services(3).
Product and Solutions Highlights
Wireless Access Points: Cisco WAP121 and WAP321
Last year, driven by cost and performance, 33 percent of handset and tablet traffic was offloaded from 3G/4G mobile networks onto fixed networks. Cisco's new WAP121 and WAP321 wireless access points provide customers with fast, robust coverage to support increased productivity from devices while protecting sensitive data.
Routers: Cisco RV180 and RV180W Wireless-N VPN Routers
As 71 percent of SMBs consider themselves a mobile, work-from-anywhere business, it's imperative that they have high-speed, highly secure connectivity to main office networks. To address increasing connectivity needs, Cisco has added the easy-to-use, high-performance RV180 and RV180W Wireless-N to its line of routers that are purpose-built for small businesses.
Switches: Cisco Small Business 500 Series Stackable Managed Switches
Data traffic from smartphones has more than doubled every year for the past four consecutive years, driving the need for increased network bandwidth to accommodate additional devices and higher traffic per device.
Voice and Unified Communications
Voice and unified communications technologies provide a valuable productivity boost to any business, especially small businesses. Workers using unified communication technologies are estimated to gain 32 minutes per day of time in productivity.
Cisco OnPlus Service
The Cisco OnPlus Service enables solution providers to expand their managed services offerings with valuable network advisory services. The cloud-based service provides solution providers with a simple and affordable way to deliver assessment, management and proactively advise their small business customers from anywhere and anytime. The real-time alerts and remote management capabilities of OnPlus enable solution providers to detect and resolve problems quickly to elevate customer satisfaction and efficiently to preserve their own profitability.
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1. Cisco Visual Networking Index, February 2012
2. Harvard Business Review, 2011
3. AMI Partners, 2011