IBM Teams With Cisco On "Wireless Office In A Box" For SMBs

The end-to-end wireless networking package is designed for businesses of approximately 100 to 1,000 employees. IBM also announced the new ThinkPad R52 notebook, available in an Express model for small

March 4, 2005

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IBM this week announced a partnership with Cisco Systems to bring wireless networking to small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). The IBM Secure Wireless Networking Solution for Cisco Systems, designed to address SMBs' security and complexity concerns, is an end-to-end wireless networking solution for businesses of approximately 100 to 1,000 employees.

The package includes:

  • IBM ThinkPad T, X or R series notebooks (Express models) with IBM ThinkVantage technologies

  • IBM Websphere Everyplace Connections Manager (WECM) Starter Edition v5.1

  • Cisco Aironet access points, Cisco Integrated Services routers, and CiscoSecure Access Control Server v3.3 for Windows 2003

  • IBM eServer xSeries 226 servers to host IBM WECM and Cisco Access Control Server software

  • IBM InfoPrint 1000 printers

The IBM Secure Wireless Networking Solution for Cisco Systems will be sold and deployed by IBM Business Partners, who will serve as wireless networking experts for their customers. Customers may use IBM's Financing Advantage program. More information on the package is available at 1-888-IBM-5800, extension SMB, or www.ibm.com/businesscenter.

New ThinkPad R52 Notebook
IBM also announced the new ThinkPad R52 notebook, available in an Express model for small and midsized businesses. The notebook provides Centrino-based 802.11a/b/g wireless connectivity and comes loaded with IBM's ThinkVantage technologies, which offer automated self-diagnosis and recovery.

The ThinkPad R52 is currently available through www.ibm.com starting at $1,149.

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