By TerryAnn Fitzgerald, SMB Solutions Marketing Manager, HP Networking
If you have been following my blogs over the last year, you know that I’ve written about the growing SMB mobility trend as well as the challenges of securing your network in a BYOD world. Mobility is here to stay as the lines between the consumer world and the business world will continue to blur
This past week, HP announced simple IT network and infrastructure products and solutions to help your small and medium business to prepare for the application and data demands of your mobile workforce. You can read more about this SME announcement here.
As part of this announcement, HP Networking introduced several solutions that help your business build a network that meets mobility demands but allow you to manage your network infrastructure in fewer steps so you can do more without big budgets and extra hours in the day. Highlights include:
Now available for the HP MSR Series routers - 3G Wireless and 802.11n Wireless LAN SIC modules.
The HP MSR Series routers include the MSR900, MSR20-1X, MSR20, MSR30 and MSR50. They are ideal for small to medium remote offices, main office, enterprise branch and regional offices. The MSR Series routers deliver an all-in-one customizable platform that allows SMB organizations to design a solution that meets your unique business and IT requirements. With HP MSR Series routers, all critical network devices – WAN router, Ethernet switch, Power over Ethernet (PoE), firewall, voice gateway and VPN – can be consolidated on one device.
With the introduction of the 802.11n Wireless LAN SIC module and the 3G Wireless SIC module, you can support a mobile workforce while reducing capital, cost and complexity and simplifying deployment and management from the smallest SMB remote office to the main office/headquarters.
The 802.11n Wireless LAN module is a dual-band, dual-radio 802.lln access point that is backwards capable with 802.11a,b, and g that helps you easily migrate to 802.11n with increased performance and signal strength than 802.11 a/b/g to support a BYOD workforce.
The new 3G SIC module (supported on all modular MSR routers) and 3G USB modems (supported on all HP MSR Series routers) helps your SMB business take advantage of 3G Wireless as a low-cost, high-speed WAN/Internet connectivity solution for primary or backup access if a wired connection is not available. (Note: 3G SIC module is currently going through U.S. carrier certification.)
New form factor: HP 1910 8-port non-PoE and PoE+ Gigabit Switches with Lifetime Warranty
The existing HP 1910 switch series has had tremendous success in the smart-managed gigabit switch market, satisfying the small business need for simple, reliable and cost-efficient solutions for network connectivity.
With the introduction of the new HP 1910-8G models, HP acknowledges the demand from customers for a smaller form factor, an addition to the market-leading family of 24G and 48G versions. The 8-port, fanless design is ideal for office and hospitality environments where advanced functionality is required, but silent operation is imperative. The 8-port series includes the HP1910-8G switch and the HP 1910-8G-PoE+ (65W) Switch and the HP 1910-8G-PoE+ (180W) switch to support wireless access points, VoIP phones and IP surveillance cameras.
For the first time, IPv6 functionality available in the HP1910 Switch family.
This functionality allows the 1910 switches to operate in IPv6 environments ensuring small businesses a future proof network as the pool of IPv4 addresses dwindle. For existing HP 1910G switch customers, the seamless upgrade requires no hardware replacements, network disruption and zero cost, allowing small business to future-proof their network.
Both products are available today.
HP Unified Communications and Collaboration with Microsoft® Lync® 2010
Microsoft Lync 2010 is a business-ready unified communications and collaboration (UC&C) platform. With Lync, users can keep track of their contacts’ availability; send an IM; start or join an audio, video, or web conference; or make a phone call—all through a consistent, familiar interface. Lync is built to fully integrate with Microsoft Office and other existing tools and systems and can enhance or replace existing IP PBX systems. The Microsoft Lync 2010 desktop clients are available for Windows and for Mac and mobile versions are available for Windows Phone, Apple iPhone and iPad, and Android devices. This can lead to improved productivity, increased mobility, and faster responses for customers, partners, and employees.
HP and Microsoft have partnered together to deliver a complete end-to-end solution that provides the best platform for a tightly integrated, high performance and reliable Microsoft Lync UC&C solution that delivers the benefits of Lync together with advantages of an HP infrastructure. HP provides a complete end-to-end solution that includes networking, storage, servers, phones, management and services.
HP’s standards-based networking solutions ensure the quality of service, performance and high level of reliability needed for successful Microsoft Lync UC&C deployment and fast user adoption and ROI, while lowering IT infrastructure TCO and simplifying management with a single-pane-of-glass management platform, Intelligent Management Center (IMC). The HP Lync is designed to minimize day-to-day maintenance with features that simplify moves, adds and changes.
It’s truly IT simplified for small and medium-sized businesses
At HP Networking, we know your network touches everything—employees, applications, communications and customers. And we know that you need to prepare for the onslaught of latest productivity-enhancing technologies, including mobility, unified communications and collaboration, virtualization and the cloud.
With the introduction of these new solutions, we reconfirm our commitment to helping your small or mid-size business meet these demands while decreasing complexity, lowering TCO and protecting your investments as your business grows.
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