Cisco announced new solutions intended especially for small company IT networks and engineered to deliver exceptional levels of security and connectivity at a budget-friendly cost. Solutions announced by Cisco included Cisco's Spam and Virus Blocker, the Cisco NSS2000 and NSS3000 Network Storage Systems, and the newest release of the Smart Business Communications System (SBCS).
The Cisco Spam Blocker is a purpose-built spam, virus, and phishing filter security device that virtually eradicates email attacks as shipped. Cisco's NSS2000 and NSS3000 Small Business Network Storage Systems are affordable small-footprint network-attached storage devices that offer security for valuable data and allow workers to access shared information easily. Cisco's Smart Business Communications System (SBCS) Release 1.4, a complete collaboration and communications solution that easily connects offices, workers, and clients however dispersed. The latest version features the debut of a cordless desktop Internet Protocol (IP) handset with Bluetooth wireless capabilities. To view Cisco's press release, refer to Cisco Introduces Networking and Security Products for Small Businesses.
Cisco Spam Blocker Appliance
The Spam and Virus Blocker safeguards small businesses by providing extensive protection against spam, viruses and other email threats to guard your network and corporate data and simultaneously enhance efficiency. Because the appliance stops spam and viruses with minimal set up and stays current on its own, it avoids the expense and hassle required for initial configuration and ongoing and administration. By filtering out spam, Cisco's Spam and Virus Blocker helps the throughput of networks, application servers, and workstations. The Spam and Virus Blocker represents a comprehensive solution email threats by including a physical appliance, intelligent software, continuous patches, and product assistance in a single package.
Key features of the Spam Blocker appliance are:
- Efficiency: Helps to make sure that email attacks and junk mail are intercepted while business email is allowed through.
- Ongoing automatic updates: Constant communication with SenderBase security, a network database of email security risks, ensures that the Cisco Spam Blocker appliance installs the most current updates to guard your business email.
- Simple installation and use: User-friendly browser-based setup tools permit you to install the Spam Blocker appliance in almost any network in 15 minutes, providing instant protection for your business network.
- Streamlined management: As soon as your company deploys the the Spam Blocker appliance, you get junk mail and malware filtering with no extra hassle demanded of your IT group.
Cisco Small Business NSS2000 and NSS3000
The Cisco NSS2000 and 3000 provide the robust protection and comprehensive backup capabilities that your company needs, at a price small organizations can handle. The NSS3000 accommodates up to 4 TB of data and as many as 15 concurrent users per enclosure, provides the optimal solution for storing, accessing, and backing up your vital corporate information. Unlike entry-level NAS systems, the NSS3000 provides the advanced archiving, encryption, user validation, and high uptime your organization requires.
The Cisco NSS3000 four-Bay Gigabit Storage System Chassis handles any certified hard disk drive. The chassis provides a range of features in a desktop form factor engineered for small organizations. The NSS3000 Storage System Chassis also offers your company the flexibility to configure the system without any connected hard drives, to modify it easily, and to link multiple chassis together, offering a solution that can continually grow with your business.
Your company can utilize the Cisco Small Business NSS2000 or NSS3000 to:
- Intelligently copy vital information from every workstation and application server in your organization
- Provide centralized storage and sharing of important files
- Employ Continuous Data Protection (CDP) to copy automatically each revision of each file archived by employees, allowing your company to restore data easily
- Record and save digital video from your company's video security system
Cisco Smart Business Communications System
The Cisco Smart Business Communications System Release 1.4 is a simple and comprehensive collaboration and communications system that allows small organizations to interconnect at-home workers, mobile workers and employees in disparate locations to enhance their ability to communicate with customers and teammates. In Release 1.4, the aggressively priced solution has improved wireless features including the industry's first wireless desktop IP handset with Bluetooth, the Cisco SPA525G wireless IP phone, which enables businesses to grow easily by installing phones in locations where traditional phone lines or Ethernet cables are missing or cannot easily be run.
Other new components of the Cisco Smart Business Communications System 1.4 version are:
- The Cisco Model 520 Secure Router to help protect a small business network and give workers safe connectivity to the Internet and important business information any time, anywhere
- Cisco's Configuration Assistant Release 1.9 to allow partners to simplify the configuration and deployment of solutions designed custom for certain businesses
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