Windstream Communications subsidiary Allworx has unveiled a voice-over IP service for small and midsize enterprises. Dubbed Allworx Connect, the system is intended to simplify the delivery of unified communications for SMBs and offer expanded support for mobile devices and Gigabit Ethernet, among other things.
Time Warner Cable has started offering two cable TV packages to small and midsize businesses around the country in addition to its voice and data offerings. The packages are being offered through third-party sales agents and can be purchased in either high or standard definition.
Netgear is looking to better meet the needs of small business with the introduction of managed Layer 2 switches and a cloud-based backup and disaster-recovery service designed for the SMB market as well as consumers. The ReadyNAS Vault product offers data recovery, device-integrated cloud backup, 128-bit SSL transfer connections and 256-bit AES encryption.
A fourth of all new voice lines shipped to SMBs in the last quarter were VoIP, according to research from Dell'Oro Group. Nortel Networks had the most worldwide VoIP shipments for the second quarter, followed by Avaya.
Cisco Systems has released its Linksys One brand, delivering packaged routing, switching, voice, wireless and security gear to small businesses. Products under the Linksys One umbrella include a service router, wireless services router, smart switch and the Cisco Service Node for Linksys One XA Series.