SBCS Upgrade Part of Cisco Small Business Rollout

Cisco Systems Inc. Monday announced new products designed specifically for small companies, including an update of its Small Business Communications System.

All of the new products are available immediately worldwide to Cisco Certified Partners and to small businesses via Cisco Partners and Resellers.

The rollouts follow the November 2008 announcement of Cisco’s $100 million global strategic initiative to provide dedicated products, services and support for small businesses, including the formation of the Cisco Small Business Technology Group (SBTG). The SBTG is focused on developing technologies within six priority areas that meet small businesses’ core business needs and help to enable business growth, including the areas of security, connectivity, productivity, remote access, customer interaction and customer support.

The Cisco SBCS Release 1.4 is an update on the collaboration and communications system also known as the UC500, which the gearmaker introduced in Spring 2007.

Release 1.4 includes the addition of the industry’s first wireless desktop IP phone with Bluetooth, the Cisco SPA525G wireless IP phone, which allows businesses to grow by adding phones in places where traditional phone lines or network cables are not present or cannot be added.

SBCS Release 1.4 varies in price depending on a business’ specific needs. The Cisco SPA525G wireless IP phone is listed at $430 with regional variations.

The other new products for small businesses include the Cisco Spam and Virus Blocker security appliance, which costs $2,599 to $5,399 depending on the number of users and subscription length; and the Cisco NSS2000 and NSS3000 Network Storage Systems, which start at $595 with regional variations.

Cisco Capital offers 0 percent financing on voice solutions, including the SBCS Release 1.4, to qualified businesses in the United States and Canada. EasyLease 0 percent financing is also available for unified communications and network technologies in Europe.

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