Here's a collection of this week's product and service announcements for small and midsized companies. For a listing of our previous product roundups, visit our Product Roundup page.
Cisco offers SMBs IP phone package
Cisco Systems Inc., based in San Jose, Calif., this week rolled out its Business Communications Solution, which targets SMBs by packaging phones, routers and switches together to enable low-cost Internet telephony.
The services and pricing of the Business Communications Solution are aimed at companies with 20 to 250 employees.
As part of the offering, Cisco also announced the new SMB-class Cisco Catalyst Express 500 Series switching family, new IPC applications and more XML-enabled IP phones. The Cisco SMB Support Assistant also gives SMBs access to technical experts and other support.
Pricing for the Catalyst Express 500 switch series starts at $795. The new IP phones start at $395 for the 7941G model. Cisco Unity voice mail service starts at $1,600 for 25 mailboxes. Financing from Cisco Capital is available.
Lenovo releases two notebook PCs for mobile SMB users
Lenovo Group Ltd., based in Research Triangle Park, N.C., unveiled this week two notebook computers designed for mobile SMB workers.
The ThinkPad Z60m offers a 15.4-inch display for better viewing. The company claims the ThinkPad Z60t, at 1.1 inches thick and 4.2 pounds, is the thinnest and lightest 14-inch notebook PC available.
Both notebooks include wireless broadband access through Verizon Wireless' Evolution-Data Optimized wireless wide area network antenna, which the company said features connection rates in the U.S. of average speeds between 400-700k bps with 2.0M bps burst. A roll cage chassis in both notebooks is designed to reduce the shock of dropping the PC by up to 30%.
The 14-inch ThinkPad Z60t is now available through resellers and through Lenovo's Web site. Prices for the ThinkPad Z60t start at $1,099. The 15.4-inch ThinkPad Z60m will be available Oct. 11, with prices starting at $799.
TelCove touts three SMB business continuity/disaster recovery services
TelCove, a telecommunications services provider based in Canonsburg, Penn., launched three new business continuity storage services for SMBs.
TelCove's new E-Vaulting service, Remote Shared Storage service and IP Storage Transport service are intended to build on business continuity and disaster recovery offerings introduced by TelCove earlier this year.
These services provide companies with several options to back up data to a remote storage facility or expand storage area networks over TelCove's network.
These services can be purchased individually or packaged together. Pricing for the services start at $2,000 per month for the Remote Shared Storage service; $2,500 per month for its E-Vaulting service; and $6,000 per month for its IP Storage Transport service.
New eBridge product offers Salesforce.com customers back-end accounting application integration
eBridge Software Inc., a provider of business data integration software for SMBs based in Burlington, Ontario, will offer back-end accounting application integration software for Salesforce.com customers, starting Oct. 1.
Besides the standard license model eBridge already supports for Salesforce.com customers, its new OnDemand product will support more than 37 accounting applications, like QuickBooks, Peachtree, Great Plains and more.
Entry-level accounting packages start at $19.99 per user per month, cost $29.99 per user per month for its mid-level packages and $29.99 per user per month for its high-level packages.
Partnership offers SMBs easy access to strong antivirus protection
Metavize Inc., a gateway security provider based in San Mateo, Calif., announced this week a partnership intended to make enterprise-class antivirus software available to SMBs.
The company has teamed up with Global Hauri to integrate its ViRobot technology into Metavize's EdgeGuard Gateway Security Platform. This makes ViRobot technology available for installation into Metavize appliances via download. An annual subscription to Global Hauri's antivirus software for EdgeGuard appliance owners is $299 for up to 200 users.
Metavize's EdgeGuard appliance is available through resellers within the U.S. for $2,995, plus a $995 annual maintenance and update subscription.
iRadeon offers on-demand open source CRM
The iRadeon Group Inc., a provider of on-demand services for open source business software in Roseville, Calif., announced this week support for its latest CRM software.
iRadeon said its Sugar Open Source CRM version 3.5 offers SMBs an open source alternative to proprietary software from vendors like Salesforce.com. The company said its on-demand services offer near real-time deployment, user-friendly account management, and security, management and support.
iRadeon's on-demand services are available now, with plans starting at $75 per month for 10 users.