Cisco focuses on empowering small businesses


At the CiscoLive! digital event, Cisco has said it will unveil the latest updates to its Cisco Designed portfolio including support for five of small businesses biggest technology challenges.

The networking giant said as companies look towards different forms of limited reopening, they are adapting to the next normal and technology will play a key role in supporting new ways of doing business.

“Small businesses are investing in mobility because it contributes to cost savings, increases market reach, improves productivity and establishes better ways of working,” said Anurag Agrawal, analyst, Techaisle. “Security remains the top constraint for accelerating remote work adoption as small businesses struggle with data protection and mobile management. The Cisco Designed portfolio of small business-focused solutions directly addresses the needs and threat vectors for secure workplaces, better collaboration, simplified manageability and organisational productivity empowerment.”

At CiscoLive! Cisco will announce new products and solutions to support small business customers with the following:

According to Cisco, Webex Work, a complete cloud collaboration solution that combines calling, meeting and messaging services in a single subscription, with attractive flexible monthly pricing for small businesses is a modern collaboration tools that has become a must-have in the new normal, enabling people to be productive from anywhere, keeping employees connected, and ensuring work moves forward. With per user/per month Webex licenses starting at $19.95 per month, this is priced competitively for small businesses.

The company added that a new version of the network management tool with a streamlined user interface to manage the entire network with integrated lifecycle management and automated alerting will be unveiled. In addition, the company said many businesses will be re-evaluating their office footprint in the new normal and the new switches in the Cisco Designed portfolio provide flexible, easy to set up, secure connectivity for businesses that are powering connections across a remote and in office workforce. The two new series of switches provide essential functionality along with advanced security options all while priced to appeal to small businesses. 

Tools to manage the network in the cloud include the Cisco Meraki Health and Meraki Insight, which allows customers to monitor all aspects of the network and applications from their Meraki Dashboard and API as well as detect and fix issues in a matter of minutes. This is a new addition to the Cisco Designed portfolio and will help small businesses easily monitor and troubleshoot their network infrastructure in the cloud.

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