Linksys Highlights New Products and Programs for Small Business at its Connected Office Day Events Around the World
From its 2007 Connected Office Day events around the globe, Linksys®, a Division of Cisco Systems, Inc., and the recognized leading global manufacturer of voice, wireless, and networking hardware for home, Small Office/Home Office (SOHO) and the small business user, today announced a number of products and programs from its Connected Office portfolio that were developed and designed specifically for the small business customer.
The Linksys Business Series and Linksys One solutions are components of The Connected Office, a broad portfolio of secure, scalable voice and data solutions built specifically for the growing small business, helping to make it easy to buy, build and manage a network.
Financing Options on Linksys One Products through Wells Fargo
Enhancements to Linksys Partner Connection Program
Cisco and Linksys Partner Program Alignment
Linksys Gigabit Smart Switches
Linksys One Services Router
Linksys One Wireless Services Router
Linksys One software enhancements
Cisco Service Node for Linksys One XA Series
Line of Linksys One Ready Switches and Network Attached Storage
“Linksys is serious about small business,” said Mike Pocock, Linksys senior vice president and general manager. “There is no other single data and voice vendor that is designing and developing products, programs and services from the ground up specifically for the small business. And with more than 66 million small businesses around the world, we feel we have the right technology and programs with our Connected Office solutions to cater to their needs and requirements that will help them become more productive while saving money and growing their business.”
Wells Fargo Unsecured Line of Credit
Linksys is teaming together with Wells Fargo, America’s #1 small business lender, to provide qualified United States small business owners special financing through the Wells Fargo’s BusinessLine® line of credit – offering flexible financing terms to help their businesses grow and prosper. Business owners who use the line of credit to purchase Linksys One will have the opening fee waived -- a savings of up to $250.
Linksys Channel Partner Program
The Linksys Partner Connection (LPC) enhancements include a tiering structure (Registered and Business Elite Partner) for specialization in foundation technologies (routing, switching and wireless), and advanced technologies (storage, voice solutions and Linksys One). New benefits for the LPC program were also developed to reward partners for investing in pre-sales and post-sales resources, technical expertise and ongoing service capabilities to help drive increased partner profitability for selling platform solutions and managed services.
Cisco and Linksys Partner Program Alignment
The Linksys Partner Connection program has also been designed to align to the Cisco Channel Partner Program. Initially the aligned channel strategy will focus on alignment of the registered partner base and leveraging integrated distribution capabilities. Linksys and Cisco also announced the intent to link the Cisco Certified Partner designations with Linksys Business Elite Partner status in the coming months. The new Linksys partner program and alignment with Cisco is expected to roll out in North America in August 2007 and progressively in other regions around the world.
Gigabit Smart Switches
An easy-to-use Web-based interface enables even the smallest of businesses to manage and configure their networks without a dedicated IT staff. Linksys Business Series Gigabit Smart Switches allows the management of network traffic with minimal technical expertise required through a variety of features that set them apart from other entry-level switches, including:
Internet Group Management Protocol (IGMP)
Many-to-one Port Mirroring
Simple Interface Counters Support statistics
Powered Device (PD) functionality
Linksys One Service Routers (SVR200)&(SVR3500)
The Linksys One Services Router provides the foundation of the Linksys One customer premises communications solution. Services Routers support connections to the Internet via DSL, cable or T1/E1. Integrated services include SPI Firewall, SIP Proxy, QoS, VLAN, SIP ALG and IEEE POE. SVRs provide auto-discovery and auto-configuration of Linksys One devices. The Services Router also offers cascaded expansion to other Linksys One Ready (or traditional Ethernet) Switches, Network Storage Systems and application servers.
The Linksys One Wireless-G Services Router (SVR200) provides a Services Router option with integrated ADSL2/2+ and 10/100 Ethernet WAN options for flexible deployment. The SVR200 provides the network infrastructure solution for remote SOHO teleworkers or small offices because it integrates an 802.11g access point, FXS/FXO ports (US only), integrated broadband access interfaces, Power over Ethernet, and a SPI Firewall with hardware-accelerated VPN services.
The Linksys One Services Router (SVR3500) has (2) T1/E1 Port with an integrated 24-Port PoE Switch and onboard software that integrates security, reliability and quality of service to support business quality Linksys One communications services.
Linksys One Ready Products
“Linksys One Ready” products are best-in-class networking products that can operate in a stand-alone networking environment. At the same time, “Linksys One Ready” products can migrate to a Linksys One solution - if and when the administrator decides to implement a Linksys One deployment. Select Linksys Business Series products included managed switches and network attached storage solutions carry a “Linksys One Ready” designation. “Linksys One Ready” identifies that the product carries specific Linksys developed software that enables the ‘stand-alone’ device to automatically be discovered, authenticated and integrated into a Linksys One environment.
Linksys One Software Release R2.0
The new software release (R2.0) provides enhanced data and voice features including: a PBX feature set that now supports up to 100 users, multi-site voice and data (up to 5 sites) and teleworker capabilities, Single Number Reach with device mobility (switch calls back and forth between devices for device mobility), new brand management capabilities, combined with the Linksys One automated configuration of customer premises equipment for simple and rapid deployment. There are also more than 35 other features that were added to the R2.0 release that can be found on the Linksys website at www.linksys.com.
The Cisco Service Node for Linksys One XA Series
The Cisco Service Node for Linksys One includes a base unit (comprised of a server and Cisco Catalyst 4948 switches and an optional Cisco 7301 router for call routing and network traffic encryption functions). The new service nodes provide the same basic functions as previously offered service nodes with the goal of delivering Hosted Solution Provider (HSP) profitability by helping to reduce initial costs and lowering overall service node capital expenditures.
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