Just this week, Cisco announced announced new switches and software aimed straight at you - right-priced, easy to use and install, and making it easy to deploy converged voice and data networks. And Proxim followed suit with WLAN tools for small and medium-sized business. Meanwhile, McAfee rolled out an SMB intrusion prevention appliance. And all that is just the beginning.
Why are you the center of attention all of a sudden? In a word, money. Cisco estimates that the market for SMB networking is $10 billion today, and growing at a compound annual rate of 15 to 20 percent.
But you need to take care when buying. Make sure that the products and services aren't just warmed-over enterprise-level ones, and that they truly are aimed at your needs. That means simple deployment, easy management, and maybe smaller form factors. Don't settle for yesterday's equipment at marked-down prices.
So buy carefully, and you'll be able to build an enterprise-quality network at small business-sized prices.