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Cisco Introduces Smart Storage to Address Growing Storage Needs

To help small businesses respond to the dramatic growth of electronic information and meet their evolving storage needs, Cisco announced the launch of the Cisco Small Business NSS 300 Series Smart Storage, a family of affordable, easy-to-use desktop network storage solutions with integrated business applications. The Cisco Smart Storage Family provides end users with an integrated, highly secure method to store and share critical business data. Designed specifically for small businesses with fewer than 100 employees, Cisco Smart Storage further highlights Cisco’s focus on delivering the affordable, easy-to-use technology small businesses need to drive productivity and growth.

Broad Technology Portfolio: Cisco has expanded the industry’s broadest portfolio of small business solutions to help small businesses connect their business to the world, protect their data and network and communicate more effectively, with a new family of desktop network storage solutions.

— Cisco Small Business NSS 300 Series Smart Storage: The new family
consists of two-bay, four-bay and six-bay desktop network storage
units and provides small business users with a single storage solution
with integrated business applications.
— High performance: The network attached storage device provides an
efficient and manageable way to centralize, protect and share
information. Cisco Smart Storage delivers class-leading
performance, speeding backup and facilitating information sharing.
The devices can provide up to 12 terabytes of capacity with 2
terabytes drives. Higher capacities can be achievable as larger
disk drive capacities are qualified.
— Integrated business applications: Cisco Smart Storage extends
usage beyond storage with built-in applications and the ability to
add new applications in the future. Built-in applications include
a user-configurable Web server with an integrated WordPress
publishing platform, and built-in servers help simplify user
authentication and management of the network.
— Security: Security measures on Cisco Smart Storage deliver highly
secure remote and Web access while helping preventing unauthorized
access. On-disk data encryption helps protect critical business
data even if the hard drives are stolen, a business-class feature
that most small business storage solutions do not provide.
— Simplified configuration and management: Cisco Smart Storage
devices can be set up in minutes and are easy to configure and
manage with a straightforward browser-based interface.
— Flexibility: Cisco Smart Storage supports file sharing across all
popular operating systems or can be configured as an iSCSI target
for virtualized and clustered environments.
— Energy-efficient operation: The storage devices allow small
businesses to schedule power on/off according to working hours. It
also conserves power with an Energy Star V-rated power adapter and
hard disk drives that spin down on inactivity.

Partner Profitability: Cisco continues to invest in helping its small business partners create opportunities to increase their profits, compete more effectively, and build profitable, sustainable small business practices.

— The Cisco Smart Storage Family provides partners with an opportunity
to wrap professional services around the deployment of business
applications while delivering additional value to customers.
— Simplified configuration and management helps partners serve their
customers faster and more efficiently. Cisco Smart Designs provide
network design and implementation best practices to further boost
partner efficiency and profitability.
— Cisco Partner Design Support offers partners additional assistance
through access to a team of engineers focused on Cisco Small Business
technology best practices.

Services and Support: Cisco is committed to offering unique services and support to help partners sell and deliver technology solutions that build customer loyalty.

— The Cisco Small Business Pro Service can be purchased with the Cisco
NSS 300 Series Smart Storage. The Cisco Small Business Pro Service
provides small businesses with three years of technical support,
— Software updates, online chat support 24 hours a day, next
business-day hardware replacement as necessary, call support
during local business hours and extended access to the Cisco Small
Business Support Center.

Product Pricing and Availability

— Cisco Small Business NSS 300 Series Smart Storage list prices range
from $913 to $5,625 USD, depending on the model. The solution is
available worldwide.
— The Cisco Small Business Pro Service is $149 USD for most NSS 300
Series configurations.

Supporting Quotes

— Ian Pennell, co-chair, Small Business Council, Cisco:
“To help small
businesses effectively manage the explosion of electronic information,
we’ve built an innovative new family of storage solutions. The
addition of these new devices further emphasizes Cisco’s commitment to
providing small businesses with affordable, easy-to-use technology
they require to optimize productivity and drive growth.”

— Andrew Sage, vice president, Worldwide Small Business Sales, Cisco:

“Partners are an essential ingredient in Cisco’s small business
strategy. To help Cisco small business partners hit the ground running
with our network attached storage solution, we are making available
the full suite of tools, training, support and profitability programs
partners need to grow their business.”

Supporting Resources

http://www.cisco.com/smallbusiness– Become a fan of Cisco Small Business on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/CiscoSmallBusiness– Follow Cisco Small Business on Twitter @CiscoSmallBiz
— Visit the Cisco Small Business Innovators Forum, a community for small
business owners
— Visit the Cisco Small Business Support Community
— Visit the Cisco blog, The Platform
— Visit the Cisco Channels blog

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