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Cisco Systems expands its integrated services router portfolio news
Our Corporate Bureau
09 May 2005

Mumbai: 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 tele-workers.

These will enable Cisco to offer new services including wireless local area network, advanced security and management for the entire Cisco integrated services router portfolio.

The routers supports built-in or modular wireless 802.11 LAN coverage with industry-leading security. They are available as wireless models and wireless interface cards are available for the Cisco modular integrated services routers like 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.

These 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 defence 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.

According to Ranajoy Punja, vice president, marketing, Cisco Systems, India and Saarc, "Enterprises today, medium or small are looking for a one box approach to networking giving them the flexibility of scale, simplicity of ease of use and manageability and the benefit of a converged network. Cisco introduced the first family of integrated services routers in September 2004 and the introduction of the enhanced integrated services router marks Cisco''s continued commitment to provide customers a router portfolio engineered for highly secure, wire-speed delivery of concurrent data, voice and video services."

The new fixed-configuration Cisco 1800 and Cisco 800 integrated services routers are shipped with embedded virtual private network (VPN) encryption and acceleration hardware supporting IPSec AES and 3DES encryption. Cisco IOS security is designed to protect the company''s entire 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 utilising 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.

The high-performance new routers, the company says, take full advantage of their broadband connections while providing key features for small offices such as advanced security, remote management and backup WAN links.

The integrated services routers will be included in Cisco SMB-class and enterprise business ready solutions. Cisco channel partners will also have opportunities to introduce integrated-network solutions and services that meet customer needs.


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