Cisco launches SMB storage line-up

The storage family, dubbed Cisco Smart Storage, consists of desktop network storage gear with bundled business applications.

Cisco on Wednesday launched a storage portfolio geared to small and mid-sized businesses.

The storage family, dubbed Cisco Smart Storage, consists of desktop network storage gear with bundled business applications. The storage line-up is designed to hit small businesses with less than 100 employees.

In a statement, Cisco said that the product family---known as the rather clunky Cisco Small Business NSS 300 Series Smart Storage---consists of two-bay, four-bay and six-bay desktop network storage units.

Among the key components:

  • The devices offer up to 12 terabytes of capacity with 2 terabyte drives.
  • Cisco Smart Storage has built-in software such as a Web server, WordPress and user authentication and network management.
  • On-disk data encryption.
  • Browser driven configuration screens.
  • Ability to scale in virtualized environments.
  • The ability to schedule on and off periods.

According to Cisco, the Small Business NSS 300 Series Smart Storage units will run you $913 to $5,625 depending on the model. Three years of technical support can be bought for $149.