Like mentioned last week, there will be a number of new Cisco Small Business products coming out in the next few weeks and months. The theme we are using is “Connect More”.
But why, “Connect More”?
The new Cisco Small Business products, including new switching, wireless access points, and of course the routers, help you connect to more endpoints, devices, applications, workstation computers, laptops, servers, the cloud, the internet, heck, we can connect you (and of course, your small business) to just about anything. Except for maybe the Wimbledon Singles Trophy or the Stanley Cup.
But, it is why we are doing what we do. We want you to connect to more, easier and more effectively, and securely. We want more options for you and your small business. Coming soon, there are More 802.11ac wireless access points, indoor and outdoor, even a wall-plate AP , filling out the already strong wireless portfolio. New switches are coming. New routing includes new DSL/Ethernet combo WAN’s models, one the first with 802.11 AC in the portfolio, the other at about $150USD.
We will be sharing more details as the launch dates arrive.
Today I am here to tell you all about the new RV320 and RV325 with web filtering. But why web filtering for your small business?
There are a couple of reasons: a. Prevent Internet Abuse at your business. b. Keep your network users away from potentially bad websites loaded with malicious gunk; in general keep your network in good health. c. Keep your users producing. d. Manage your business website policy effectively, in a coupe of clicks.
In general, safeguarding your network and your users makes sense, business sense. It’s easy to set-up as you will see in the below video. you can categorize sites, set protection levels, enable website reputations, and even schedule when the service is on.
These new models will join the existing RV320 and RV325 models and will be on the shelf for you around mid-to-late February. Not all regions will get these, so please consult with your local Cisco Small Business Partner.
There is a new generation of college students out there, I would know as I recently was one of them. Information being at your fingertips is no longer a luxury, it is a necessity. Professors’ expectations of their students have increased dramatically due to the wealth of information on mobile devices. Every class I attended leveraged some form of wireless access to the web. Instant message in response to real-time questions and online submissions are just two of many examples of how network access has been integrated into the education system. Professors would consistently use online tools such as online drop boxes for projects and web conferencing tools. According to MarketWire 92% of college students feel a laptop is a necessity, this indicates that the requirement of mobile access at a university is a given and the college experience is defined by the ease of that access.
Professors are on tight schedules and are generally available only at certain times of the day. Imagine- wanting to contact a professor during open hours only to fall short because your laptop had difficulty getting any kind of connection. I remember the frustrations of wanting to revisit PowerPoint presentations on a class website in the library, only to realize that I was sitting by the one window notorious for being a wireless dead zone. Dorms were infamous for spotty coverage. Having the dorm room located closest to the access point for best access was purely by luck of the draw. I was not so lucky. In my dorm, you would not get any wireless access unless you were sitting right next to the hallway. That’s why I am especially envious of the students of Colorado University, whose alma mater upgraded to enterprise-class coverage.
CleanAir continues to provide significant differentiation for Cisco Wireless as well it should. What many don’t realize, is how much of the attractive visualization and control is not from CleanAir itself, but CleanAir plus the Mobility Services Engine. I would go as far as to say there are several very important distinctions for why the MSE should be considered a mandatory element within any Cisco Wireless Design.
Consumers today are highly attached to mobile technology and are using it as part of their daily lives and shopping experiences. According to Nielson forty percent of mobile consumers over 18 in the U.S. now have smartphones. As these users consume bandwidth to send and retrieve content from SMS, MMS, Email, and social media apps such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter that supports pictures and videos, they are increasingly looking to Wi Fi to improve their experience.
Are retailers offer their shopping channels (including store, web, voice and social media) to consumers, the consumers are expecting to be able to use their mobile device across all the channels whereever they are, at home, at work, and IN YOUR STORE.
As a retailer, facilitating mobility in the retail store can differentiate you from the competition, plus help you meet the soaring expectations of your customers. On the other hand, allowing access to your wireless network poses potential risks. You’ve got to ensure the security of your data, comply with PCI mandates, prevent misuse and interference, and provide consistent bandwidth for your own operations.
For help retailers address this issue, we are hosting a webcast on October 20th 10:00am Pacific Time titled
What wireless-N technology can do for your business?
It is projected that over the next three years, more than 1.3 billion wireless-enabled networked mobile devices will enter the marketplace. These mobile devices include net books, smart phones, notebook computers, tablet computers, and other devices. This explosion of wireless devices places more demand on the wireless network, which, in turn makes it essential to upgrade the network.
New services and applications, such as video conferencing, add to these bandwidth demands. Video-over-wireless devices, once perceived as consumer applications, have become established in the business environment as a way to reduce travel and training costs.