Cisco Blogs


Cisco Blog > Small Business

Reduce your Phone Bill

SIP Trunking sounds geeky, just think of it as savings!

I stayed close to home this past holiday season. Rather than fly across the country to visit family and friends, I ushered in the New Year with my loved ones via video conferencing. I also caught up with my older relatives who don't have Internet access via the phone.

I have a pretty good package with my Internet and long-distance telephone service provider. But all the video conferencing and cross-country telephone calls got me thinking about how communications costs can mount for small businesses. This is especially true if your small business has separate contracts for data and voice. Wouldn't it be more cost-effective to have all your voice and data traffic running on one line? Read More »

Tags: , ,

Video - no longer a luxury for small businesses

Guest Post by Tunji Akintokun, Head of Small Business for Cisco in Europe

When video phones were given their first grand introduction at the 1964 World Fair in New York, it had an exciting futuristic implication. However, people probably didn’t conceive then that video communications would become a mainstream technology challenging the traditional telephone.

With super fast broadband, more and more people communicate with video. Video calling and the emergence of Home TelePresence are bringing video to the masses; but how about small businesses? Read More »

Tags: , ,

Renewed Commitment to Boosting Partner Profitability in 2011

It's a new year and a great time to check out programs you can leverage to grow your Cisco small business practice in 2011.

Our resolution for this year, and every year, is to listen to you! Over the past two years, we have conducted a Small Business Partner Pulse survey through Global Touch, Inc. to find out from YOU what we need to help you grow your Cisco business.

As a result of what we've heard from you, we're adding ways to help you boost your profitability; making partner support more readily available; and simplifying training.

Check out this video for all the info you need to get started today.

Want more information on the specific programs and how to access them? Read More »

Tags: , , , , , , ,

8 Ways to Improve Wireless Service

Make sure your wireless LAN can support the growing number of mobile devices and the increase in complex data traffic

A wireless network delivers several advantages for small businesses: convenience (no wires!), mobility (access the network from anywhere), and cost (wireless is cheaper to set up and reconfigure than a wired LAN), among others. If you’re already a wireless user and are using it for your small business, you’ll want to take steps to manage and improve the performance. After all, the amount of complex data being transferred over networks today demands high performance—not to mention the proliferation of various  mobile devices relying on your wireless network. Read More »

Tags: , , ,

Pilot: New Product Comparison Module

December 21, 2010 at 6:38 am PST

On the web team, we’re always experimenting with new functions to make your life easier.  The latest is an interactive product comparison module, that allows you to filters views of models by different criteria, and build a dynamic side-by-side comparison showing the different attributes of the models you’ve selected.

We’re piloting the first one on a Cisco Small Business 100 Series Unmanaged Switches comparison, and we’d like your feedback on this functionality.

Here’s how it works:  Let’s say you want to compare the features of the models in the 100 series. When you go to the comparison page, you’ll see the complete list, partially shown here:

You can check and compare straightaway, or filter the list (via the control box on the left) to make it more focused.  In this case, I have filtered on Gigabit Ethernet just as an example, which sizes down the list:

Then check off the boxes you want to compare, press the Compare button, and you’ll be presented with a side-by-side listing showing the various features and attributes of the various models:

We’re thinking of using this elsewhere around the site, so give it a try and let us know what you think.

Tags: , , ,