Cisco's Unified Services Push

Networking giant Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) has updated its enterprise wireless LAN product line and unveiled new software at its annual Networkers 2006 conference in Las Vegas.

The firm released a new Cisco Catalyst 3750g controller and version 4 of its Unified Wireless Network software. The updates add new security features such as encrypting the management information (or "frames") sent over a wireless connection as the data itself.

"We locked the front door," says Alan Cohen, senior director of product management for Cisco's Wireless Networking Business.

As well as updating security features, the software is intended to help users easily deploy services including voice over wireless LAN, location, and guest access.

According to Cohen, Cisco is well-placed among the wireless LAN vendors to support large-scale deployments of wireless LAN in the enterprise. The firm recently passed the 3 million mark on enterprise access points sold, and sales of the Catalyst 6500 switches have topped now $20 billion -- although not all of this business would necessarily be wireless related.

This makes these wireless users' business increasingly important to Cisco. "One way to look at it," says Cohen, "is that we're now at the point where we bring up a medium-sized country a year."

Cisco is also said to be working on more updates to its 802.11 infrastructure line with faster radio technology that can be incorporated at the AP (See Sources: Cisco Preps MIMO Map.)

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

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