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Introducing Cisco Business Switches

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Small business owners are dreamers. They have been brave enough to act on their dreams, going out on a limb to turn their bright ideas into reality. While the challenges and rewards of building a small business can be appealing, it is also difficult to stand out in light of an ever-evolving business environment.

These are times of unprecedented change for small businesses. Consumers are more demanding than ever before. Online transactions have been accelerated. While this new digitization promises greater reward, it also requires small businesses to accelerate digital transformation. Employees, on the other hand, are working remotely. This trend is likely to continue for the near future.  This requires business continuity that provide your employees with fast, reliable access to critical cloud-based business applications. The importance of accelerating digital transformation while ensuring business continuity across a remote and in-office workforce is now more important than ever. New technology will play a key role in supporting this new way of doing business.

We recently announced Cisco Designed family of products and solutions to support small businesses. Chief among them is Cisco®` Business Switches, a portfolio of switches ideal for deployments in small businesses, office workgroup, and retail environments. These new switches, consisting of Cisco Business 250 Series Smart Switches and Cisco Business 350 Series Managed Switches, provide simple, flexible, and secure connectivity for businesses across a remote and in-office workforce all while priced to appeal to small businesses. 

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  • Zero-Touch Deployment: Plug-and-Play (PnP) and Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) auto install provide automated set up and provisioning. PnP agent on Cisco Business Switches enables zero-touch-deployment by securely acquiring device images and configurations from a Cisco PnP server, while DHCP auto install provides a convenient way to configure switches in a local network through a TFTP server.
  • True Stacking: Up to four Cisco Business Switches can be “stacked” as an unified unit with a single management interface. A small network can be formed around a single stackable unit where the network can grow with additional units over time if and when needed, with the little added management complexity and ultimate flexibility.
  • Management:  Cisco Business Switches can be easily managed by Cisco Business Dashboard, a centralized network management tool for Cisco Business switches, routers, and wireless access points. Cisco Business Dashboard simplifies traditional challenges in managing a business network while automating the deployment, monitoring, and lifecycle management of networking devices. Cisco Business 350 Series Managed Switches also support full Command-Line Interface (CLI) option for partners that prefer it.
  • Security: The Cisco Business Switches support advanced security features such as IEEE 802.1X authentication, port security, and Secure Core Technology (SCT). Cisco Business 350 Series provide superior Layer 2 threat defence capabilities and IPv6 First Hop Security for mitigating man-in-the-middle attacks (such as MAC, IP, and Address Resolution Protocol spoofing).
  • Power over Ethernet (PoE): Cisco Business Switches support 802.3af PoE and 802.3at PoE+, with up to 48 PoE ports. The ability to power endpoints over a single Ethernet cable accelerate the deployment of networking or IoT technologies such as wireless access points, cameras, and surveillance systems.
  • Monitoring: The Cisco Business 350 Series Switches support hardware-driven sampled flows (sFlow). sFlow uses sampled flows to provide statistics for network traffic monitoring, accounting, and traffic planning. A flow is created using a flow record, which defines the unique keys of the flow. sFlow provides a valuable source of analytic information about network users and applications, peak usage times, and traffic routing.

We recognize that the small offices or retailers are undergoing unprecedented changes and we are here to help. Please share your experiences with us in the comments section below. We’d love to hear what you’re doing to keep your business running.

Learn More

You can learn more about Cisco Business Switches by visiting our product pages: Cisco Business 250 Series Smart Switches, Cisco Business 350 Series Managed Switches, and Cisco Business Dashboard.

Additionally, I would also invite you to visit our on-demand library from our Cisco Live virtual event to learn more about our small business solutions.