Cisco this week rolled out a range of network switch products and a new security wireless router, and announced the addition of online backup support to its NSS 300 Series Smart Storage line for small businesses. Cisco defines the small business segment as companies with fewer than 100 employees, and the company has been working hard to come up with equipment catered to the segment's unique size.
Cisco 200 Series Smart Switches
There are nine models in the new Cisco 200 Series family of network switches, offering between 24 and 50 ports of Fast Ethernet or Gigabit Ethernet capabilities. Available in unmanaged or lightly-managed options, the Cisco 200 Series is positioned as the middle ground between the lower-end unmanaged Cisco 100 series and the managed Cisco 300 series of switches. All models come with support for 2 Combo mini-GBIC GE ports for fiber-optic expansion, and optional (depends on model) Power over Ethernet (PoE) capabilities. According to InformationWeek, the list price for the 200 series starts at $287.
Cisco RV220W Network Security Firewall
The Cisco RV220W Wireless Network Security Firewall is really a dual-band wireless router with built-in security capabilities. An upgrade from the older 120 router, the RV220W supports hybrid VPN; IPsec VPN can be used to join offices together while SSL VPN is available for secure connections initiated using a Web browser for employees who are working remotely. In addition, it also comes with a 4-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and a Gigabit Ethernet WAN port for connectivity. According to its online data sheet, the RV220W supports up to 64 clients, and up to four separate virtual networks with multiple SSIDs.
Cisco NSS 300 Series Smart Storage
The Cisco NSS 300 Series Smart Storage was actually launched back in June of last year, and was covered on IT Business Edge then. At the time, I highlighted how the NAS appliance is capable of supporting virtualized environments as an iSCSI target and is configured via a Web interface. This time, Cisco says it has enhanced the NSS 300 family by adding support for online backup as part of a partnership with cloud backup vendor Mozy. Cisco says it will offer off-site plans at a starting price of $145 per annum for 25GB of data storage.
On the growing trend of online backup, David Tucker, vice president of the small business technology group at Cisco noted that, "A combination of onsite and offsite working together seems to be the most asked-for application."
The Cisco small business products listed above all come with a limited lifetime hardware warranty with return to factory replacement and 1-year replacements for fans and power supplies.