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Cisco Launches Communication Platform for SMBs

on November 26, 2014

Cisco is launching its enterprise-grade solution for small and midsized businesses which will include the complete enterprise suite of features and benefits. Apt for organizations with 25 to 150 users, the new offering is called the Cisco Business Edition 6000S (BE6000S) and it comes with deployment, configuration, and management features that may meet the requirements of businesses with limited IT personnel and resources. Pretty interesting sounding, isn’t it?

Cisco is launching its enterprise-grade solution for small and midsized businesses which will include the complete enterprise suite of features and benefits. Apt for organizations with 25 to 150 users, the new offering is called the Cisco Business Edition 6000S (BE6000S) and it comes with deployment, configuration, and management features that may meet the requirements of businesses with limited IT personnel and resources. Pretty interesting sounding, isn’t it?

Slated for an early 2015 release, the solution is built on Cisco's 2921 Integrated Services Router (ISR), but it’s more than just a “repackage,” assured Thomas Wyatt, vice president and general manager of Cisco's Collaboration Infrastructure Technology Group. The solution integrates secure network routing, voice, video, and application services in a single device. Small businesses can benefit from integrated voice calling, video conferencing, paging, presence, and instant messaging delivered to them via Cisco's Unified Communications platform.

The solution also comes with robust, built-in security that includes features such as hardware-enhanced virtual private network (VPN) encryption and Cisco’s IOS-based protection features including firewall, intrusion prevention system (IPS), and content filtering that will weed out all possible security threats.   

Cisco’s announcement has arrived at a time when a growing number of small and mid-sized businesses are gravitating towards innovations in collaboration technology—things like unified communications and cloud-based collaboration tools. There are plenty of vendors in the market offering voice, video, and collaboration solutions for small businesses now, more so than ever. But Cisco’s offering may gain an edge over other solutions in its minimal management needs, capacity for secure communication, and its seamless integration with Cisco’s networking environments.

Since BE6000S comes in a pre-configured format, it takes the hassle out of installation. According to Cisco’s predictions, the on-site installation time of this solution is reduced by as much as 60%. The initial price of Cisco BE6000S will start at $10,800 when it’s rolled out for sale in the beginning of the year.

Is Cisco’s offering poised to become the next go-to collaboration solution for SMBs? They hope so, but it remains to be seen. What do you think?

Sources: Small Buisness Computing