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Cisco announces new SMB services and solutions

New partner programs and range of solutions to build on $100m SMB investment

Cisco announces new SMB services and solutions
Cisco is expanding on the SMB drive it announced one year ago.

Cisco has announced a range of new solutions and services to support the SMB sector.

The networking giant is introducing new partner programs to target the segment, and has also released new security and collaboration solutions for smaller businesses.

The new announcements are the latest part of a $100 million investment in SMB which Cisco announced a year ago.

Ian Pennell, co-chair, Small Business Council, Cisco commented: "We're proud of our accomplishments this past year and are extremely focused on continuing to build and deliver the right technologies, services and support and profitability programs to help our partners and small business customers accelerate their business as the economy recovers."

The new offerings include partner presales technical support and a hardware advanced-replacement service to help partners successfully sell, deliver, install and support Cisco Small Business solutions.

In the SMB product line up, where Cisco says it has over 600 solutions tailored for the segment, the company has added new products including the industry's first 802.11n dual-band clustering access point for wireless networks; New capabilities for  the Cisco SPA 525G IP Phone to receive and display live video streaming from Cisco Small Business security cameras; new software VPN technology for the Cisco SPA 525G IP Phone to give better security for teleworkers, an enhanced all-in-one Cisco SA 500 Series Security Appliance with Cisco ProtectLink Gateway to block attacks through a hosted service that integrates anti-spam, anti-phishing, content filtering and Web reputation monitoring and Cisco ProtectLink Endpoint to extend protection to Windows PCs and prevent users from accessing the Internet if their security levels are not up-to-date.

The company has also announced Cisco Hosted Small Business Communications, a complete customer premises equipment solution allows service providers to deliver hosted IP telephony services to small businesses.

"With the Cisco Small Business Advantage, our partners have all the essential tools necessary to help them be successful and profitable in the small business market," Andrew Sage, vice president, Worldwide Small Business Sales, Cisco.

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