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Cisco unveils new portfolio aimed at small businesses

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Global networking giant Cisco has unveiled a number of products and new offers targeting small businesses under the brand Cisco Designed. They will be available from this month onwards.

The company made the announcement at its summit in Melbourne on 1 and 2 April; the event was conducted online due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

In a statement, the company said the newly launched portfolio comprised the right end-to-end products for networking, security, collaboration, cloud or Internet connectivity.

To support this sector, Cisco said it was doubling partner investments and creating faster interaction between partners and small businesses.

“Small businesses are personal. With the current macroeconomic environment, we are committed to help keep small businesses strong, safe and smart through technology, so they continue to focus on keeping their business running,” said Bidhan Roy, managing director, head of Commercial and Small Business, Asia Pacific, Japan and China.

“Cisco’s goal is to give small businesses access to the same best in class technology innovation as our enterprise customers, but ensuring it makes sense for their business and also balancing it with simplicity and usability. As our customers focus on navigating through turbulent times, we are here to ensure technology works as hard as they do.”

The new portfolio includes:

  • New bundles and offers scaled for small business use cases: Bundled solutions like “Quick Office Setup”, “Secure Guest Wi-Fi”, “Seamless Remote Work Experience”, “Ransomware Protection” and “Safe Business Transactions” will be available.
  • New app to eliminate complex and expensive networks: The new Cisco Business Wireless Mobile App can be used to configure and manage networks in any location, all from a smartphone. Both iOS and Android versions are available.
  • Secure connectivity via Meraki: New Meraki Wi-Fi 6 Access points combine the high speed and high density capabilities of Wi-Fi 6 with the cloud-managed Meraki portfolio.
  • Meraki Cloud-managed Smart Cameras: These devices can deliver business insights on foot traffic, identify which displays are attracting attention and also track parking utilisation. The cameras include high-quality video, wireless connectivity, on-appliance storage and built-in advanced analytics.

The company said it was able to respond and support small businesses faster with its new Virtual Demand Centre. For example, it was now easier to schedule an appointment or arrange a call back from an expert; the VDC would connect customers to a partner in less than three hours, in 24 languages globally.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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