Cisco refreshes SMB portfolio

New switches, phones and cameras for companies of 100 or less

Cisco has updated several products in its small/medium business portfolio, targeted at companies with 100 or fewer employees. The sweeping product refresh touches switches, IP phones, security cameras and a host of other products, according to this dispatch from colleague Stephen Lawson of the IDG News Service.

The new switches include the Cisco 300 Series Managed Switches, designed to address power consumption and support IPv6. Cisco said the 300 Series save as much as 74% on energy compared with earlier generation products.

With the introduction of the 300 Series, Cisco has now replaced virtually all of the small-business products it obtained from its Linksys acquisition, a brand realignment begun in 2008, Lawson reports. The Linksys division is now solely focused on consumer products.

Cisco also unveiled three new IP desk phone models. The Cisco SPA525G2 IP Phone comes with a Wi-Fi wireless LAN connection and a Bluetooth connection to cell phones, Lawson reports. With this phone, a user on a cellphone can carry her call through the SPA525G2's handset or speakerphone. Two entry-level phones, called the SPA300 Series, are also new from Cisco.

The new surveillance cameras are the VC 220 Dome IP Video Camera for indoor locations and the VC 240 Bullet IP Video Camera for outdoor settings. Cisco is also rolling out analytical software that sends out alerts if an item in the camera's view appears, disappears or moves.

In other Cisco news, the company issued security advisories for various vulnerabilities in its IOS software. That coverage, provided by IDG News Service's Robert McMillan, is found here.

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