Cisco Beefs Up Enterprise Branch Office Offerings TelecomWeb September 26, 2007 Cisco this morning unveiled a new line of hardware and software in its "Empowered Branch" portfolio, building on the offerings it already has that are designed to give branches essentially the same type of service as corporate headquarters.

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Cisco Beefs Up Enterprise Branch Office Offerings

TelecomWeb

September 26, 2007



Cisco this morning unveiled a new line of hardware and software in its "Empowered
Branch" portfolio, building on the offerings it already has that are designed to give
branch
es essentially the same type of service as corporate headquarters.


The latest gear even extends to tiny offices with fewer than 20 workers.


The new offerings include the first "lite" version of Cisco's flagship IOS software,
hardware that includes route
rs and LAN switches, and new support for 802.11n wireless.


"With the emergence of new business applications and a more collaborative global
business environment, our customers are putting a greater emphasis on their remote
offices," says Marie Hattar, Cis
co senior director of network systems. "Cisco Empowered
Branch allows them to take advantage of new business opportunities by providing them
with a network platform that addresses all their application and service needs today, yet
continuously evolves to p
rovide service innovations required for the future."


The new offerings from Cisco include:


>>The Cisco 1861 Integrated Services Router (ISR): A $3,995 all
-
in
-
one unified
-
communications solution and secure routing platform, available immediately, for as m
any
as eight users.


>>Cisco Catalyst 2960 Series Switches with "LAN Lite" IOS Software: A $995 switch,
also available immediately, that combines scalable and simplified management with
entry
-
level security, quality of service (QoS) and availability featur
es. The 2960 supports
Fast Ethernet connectivity for small wiring
-
closet and branch
-
office networks.


>>The Cisco Intrusion Prevention System Advanced Integration Module (IPS AIM),
which scales security performance and threat
-
prevention for branch office n
eeds. IPS
AIM availability is set for November, with a $3,000 price tag.


>>Cisco IOS Performance Routing (PfR) and High
-
End Cisco Wide Area Application
Services (WAAS) Network Module, at $6,950, that accelerate business
-
critical
applications and minimizes

WAN bandwidth expenses with application
-
aware routing
and WAN traffic optimization.


>>Wireless LAN Controller support for IEEE 802.11n, an upgrade to the current Cisco
Wireless LAN Controller Module (WLCM).


>>A Unified Messaging Gateway, scheduled for N
ovember availability, starting at
$9,000 for 250 nodes. The new gateway scales Cisco Unity Express, Cisco Unity and
legacy voice
-
messaging services to very large organizations.