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CleanAir: “Open for Government Business”

Inclusion in some government lists may not be such a good thing… for example, the government “no fly list” could be a bummer as you board your flight on your next family vacation. Yet, other government lists can make or break you when it comes to doing business with the Federal Government. Last week, the award winning Cisco CleanAir technology was placed on the all important DoD Unified Capabilities APPROVED PRODUCT LIST (DoD UC/APL). The DoD APL happens to be the official product list that DoD agencies are required to work from when making new acquisitions for network equipment such as routers, switches, WLAN, voice, video etc. With the latest Cisco DoD APL certification, the Cisco CleanAir 3500 Series Access Point becomes the first DoD approved product that supports “built-in” system level spectrum intelligence in support of mission critical wireless networks.

In some ways, the DoD APL is like an exclusive club for a select group of IT vendors –either you are a club member or you stand outside the gate. The process to get products listed on the APL is no cakewalk. First, even before products can be considered for the APL process, the products must meet a series of stringent DoD requirements and certifications such as DISA STIGS, FIPS & Common Criteria. Next, a DoD sponsor must agree to represent the vendor’s products throughout the APL certification process. The actual certification process itself involves several months of rigorous interoperability and Information Assurance compliance testing.

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Know Your Source: Why Buy from Cisco Partners?

October 19, 2010 at 4:54 pm PST

The big game is about to start. Everyone’s eyes are firmly fixed on their televisions. The kickoff, then wild cheers. But suddenly, the image starts to fade, get fuzzy, and then there’s only static…

What a customer thinks was a good deal was, in fact, a very expensive mistake. Of course, as our partners, you understand that customers shouldn’t trust mission-critical applications to equipment that isn’t purchased from Authorized Cisco Partners.

Sure, it’s easy for customers to find a good deal online, but authentic equipment comes with a guarantee and has been put through Cisco’s strict testing and quality control…

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