More new releases this week that will help SMBs do business and cut costs, not least of which is the launch of Google Caffeine that will see SMB websites updated quicker. A new release from Cisco offers affordable storage solutions with integrated business applications.

Google Gets Caffeine Rush

Here’s something that should give SMBs better value for the web dollars. Google has upgraded its web indexing system called Caffeine, which the company says is not only much faster than previous technologies but also provides 50% fresher results from web searches.

The new search indexing technology called Caffeine enables Google to update its web index faster and in smaller chunks than it does at the moment with the result that pages can be updated and made available to searchers quicker than they have been in the past.

Every second, Caffeine processes hundreds of thousands of pages in parallel, takes up nearly 100 million gigabytes of storage in one database and adds new information at a rate of hundreds of thousands of gigabytes per day.

The result is that information - be it a news story, a blog or a forum post - can be found much sooner after it is published than was possible ever before.

So why did they do it? According to Google, content on the web is growing not just in size and numbers but with the advent of video, images, news and real-time updates, the average webpage is richer and more complex. And users are looking to find the most relevant, newest and best content when they go looking.

Cisco Unveils Data Storage For SMBs

To help small businesses respond to the growth of electronic information and corresponding storage requirements, Cisco has just launched of Cisco Smart Storage, a family of affordable desktop network storage solutions with integrated business applications.

Cisco Small Business NSS 300 Series Smart Storage gives users an integrated, highly secure method to store and share critical business data. While there are many new features here, Cisco (news, site)  says the principal advantage is that it will enable SMBs centralize, protect and share information.

However, this more than just a storage solution. It comes with built-in applications as well as the possibility of adding new applications in the future.

Amongst the built-in applications is a user-configurable Web server with an integrated WordPress publishing platform while enhanced security offers secure remote and Web access while helping preventing unauthorized users accessing content.

Cisco Small Business NSS 300 Series Smart Storage list prices range from US$ 913 to US $5,625, depending on the model.

Sage Adds Cloud Payments Solution

While getting payment from customers is always as problem, it’s even worse when customers offer payment but a company doesn’t have the means to process it electronically. Promising to SMBs accept all forms of payments, Sage (news, site)  is introducing the first phase of its cloud-based Sage Exchange this month.

The small business solution integrates payments with business management software systems, improving cash flow management and forecasting, according to Sage. The new SaaS-based payments platform enables SMBs accept credit and debit cards in a secure and Payment Application Data Security Standard (PA-DSS) validated environment and automatically updates accounts receivable records at the same time.

It also offers seamless data integration to a wide range of Sage business management software products and third-party small business solutions. The company plans to release the payments platform in phases over the next few months.

It also plans to support expanded payment functionality in the areas of payroll, procurement and payables, as well as seamless integration with additional complementary business applications.

M-Files Connects Scanners And DM

More news on the printer and document management front this time from M-Files, which has enabled seven different scanner brands streamline document import and classification.

By scanning documents directly into M-Files, businesses can eliminate paper documents and enhance overall workflow with advanced document management features like:

  • Secure access permissions
  • Version control that automatically maintains document history
  • Automation of common business processes such as document approvals and invoice processing

The companies certified with M-Files include Canon, Epson, Fujitsu and Kodak amongst others

eVoice iPhone App For Mobile Workers

eVoice has just announced the availability of its new iPhone Voice app as a free download from the iPhone App Store, which will improve the iPhone’s ability to manage business while mobile.

The iPhone app integrates key features currently found in eVoice’s web-based application, including:

  • Click to Call/Caller ID which makes the receiving party’s caller ID screen displays the eVoice number, not the iPhone number.
  • Voice to text functionality that converts voice to text, which can easily be searched and retrieved using keyword search.
  • Enhanced Speed dial allowst business contacts to be reached with one touch.

It also enables user’s route incoming business calls to multiple phone numbers, including cell, home office and  home phones. eVoice helps solve a dilemma faced by many mobile professionals.