Cisco delivers broadband to SMBs

Cisco has beefed up its small and medium-sized business (SMB) solutions by adding new wireless-enabled integrated services routers that can make broadband access possible for the SMB segment, small offices and teleworkers.

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By  Caroline Denslow Published  July 19, 2005

Cisco has beefed up its small and medium-sized business (SMB) solutions by adding new wireless-enabled integrated services routers that can make broadband access possible for the SMB segment, small offices and teleworkers. The new Cisco 1800 series and Cisco 800 series integrated services router models intelligently deliver highly secure concurrent services, including secure IEEE 802.11 wireless LAN (local area network) capabilities, offering small office customers a single, resilient system. These high-performance new routers take full advantage of their broadband connections while providing key features for small offices such as advanced security, remote management and backup WAN (wide area network) links. “[The] introduction of the integrated services routers marks Cisco Systems’ continued commitment to provide customers a router portfolio engineered for highly secure, wire-speed delivery of concurrent data, voice and video services,” said Ghazi Atallah, director of operations, Cisco Systems Middle East. “With these new platforms for small offices and a new selection of services including wireless, Cisco Systems delivers to an even broader range of customers the flexibility to choose myriad of options while maintaining a highly secure and resilient network.” The routers, which are part of Cisco’s Self-Defending Network security strategy, will be included in the networking giant’s SMB-Class and Enterprise Business Ready solutions, said Atallah. “Cisco channel partners will have opportunities to introduce integrated-network solutions and services that are sized to meet customers’ current and future needs. Service providers will see these new integrated services routers as ideal platforms for managed services to provide SMBs and enterprise small office customers with a variety of infrastructure and services options,” he added. Aside from offering high-speed connectivity, the routers will ship with embedded virtual private network (VPN) encryption and acceleration hardware supporting IPSec AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) and 3DES (Data Encryption Standard) encryption. Cisco’s IOS (Internet Operating System) security features, which are included in the company’s router portfolio, will also be offered in the 1800 and 800 series. IOS security is designed to deliver pervasive security throughout a network, including stateful firewall, inline intrusion prevention, and Network Admission Control (NAC) and URL filtering.

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