Cisco Continues SMB Push With Redesigned Partner Specialization, Training Program

Cisco  has redesigned its SMB partner specialization and slashed the number of training hours partners need to achieve it, in an effort to onboard solution providers who can help the networking giant make new inroads into the SMB space. In addition to rolling multiple SMB specializations into one, Cisco is trimming down the training requirements partners need to attain that new specialization. These courses, along with other SMB partner training resources, are also being updated to include new material specific to the cloud, SMB-level Cisco TelePresence products, virtualization and data center switching. The courses still will be available for free within Cisco's Partner Education Connection portal, and Cisco distributors also will be rolling out instructor-led boot camps around these topics.Cisco also has bulked up its SMB-specific product offerings, launching this year the Cisco Small Business 500 Series Wireless Access Points and RV320 Dual Gigabit WAN VPN Router. Cisco also offers SMB- and midmarket-focused switches and telepresence systems.

Sept 20,2013