Cisco Systems today announced new wireless-enabled integrated services routers, delivering highly secure concurrent services for broadband access to small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), enterprise small offices and teleworkers. Cisco will also offer new services including wireless local area network (LAN), advanced security and management for the entire Cisco integrated services router portfolio. These additions provide customers increased flexibility and mobility while making it easier to deploy, secure and manage their network.
The new Cisco 1800 series and Cisco 800 series integrated services router models intelligently deliver highly secure concurrent services, including secure IEEE 802.11 wireless LAN capabilities, offering small office customers a single, resilient system. These high-performance new routers take full advantage of their broadband connections while providing key features for small offices such as advanced security, remote management and backup WAN links.
These new Cisco integrated services routers will be included in Cisco SMB-Class and Enterprise Business Ready solutions. Cisco channel partners will have opportunities to introduce integrated-network solutions and services that are sized to meet customers' current and future needs. Service providers will see these new integrated services routers as ideal platforms for managed services to provide SMBs and enterprise small office customers with a variety of infrastructure and services options.
Integrating Wireless into the Platforms
The entire line of Cisco integrated services routers now supports built-in or modular wireless 802.11 LAN coverage with industry-leading security. The new Cisco fixed-configuration integrated services routers are available as wireless models. Wireless interface cards are available for the Cisco modular integrated services routers, the Cisco 1841, Cisco 2800 series and Cisco 3800 series. Integrating high performance wireless into the routers provides customers maximum business agility in an easy-to-set-up and deploy form factor.
The Cisco integrated services routers are also part of the Cisco Self-Defending Network security strategy and offer the industry's most comprehensive portfolio of embedded network-security services. Cisco integrated service routers are able to deliver adaptive threat defense with advances in application security, anti-x protection, and network containment and control. This provides customers with a single, resilient platform to rapidly deploy highly secure networked business applications.
The new fixed-configuration Cisco 1800 and Cisco 800 integrated services routers ship with embedded virtual private network (VPN) encryption and acceleration hardware supporting IPSec AES and 3DES encryption. Cisco IOS security is designed to protect the complete Cisco router portfolio for pervasive security throughout the network, including stateful firewall, inline intrusion prevention, Network Admission Control (NAC) and URL filtering and support for MPLS based VPNs or VPNs utilizing IPSec AES and 3DES high speed encryption. Cisco Security Device Manager (SDM) version 2.1 supports all models of Cisco routers from the Cisco new 800 series to the Cisco 7301, providing customers an easy-to-use, web based interface for secure set up and management of router features including wide area networking (WAN), local area networking (LAN), security and WLAN.
Cisco customer support for the integrated services router family includes Cisco SMB Support Assistant and Cisco SMARTnet(R), designed for small and medium businesses and enterprises respectively. Cisco SMB Support Assistant provides straightforward information and tools that help simplify set-up, configuration, troubleshooting and opening service requests. This cost-effective service includes hardware replacement, basic operating system software maintenance, an easy to use web portal and client and 8x5 access to Cisco technical experts. Cisco SMARTnet and SMARTnet Onsite deliver to customers enterprise-level 24x7 support with more advanced technical assistance, tools and information, operating system software updates and upgrades, and advance hardware replacemet.