EmergeCore IT in a Box Gets CRS Quality Tested Seal of Approval

11/24/2003 - EmergeCore Networks, a leader in the development of high-value, low-cost integrated IT solutions for small business and branch offices, announced that its award-winning IT-100 "IT in a Box"® has acquired the endorsement of the Council of Residential Specialists (CRS) with the industry-recognized CRS Quality Tested Seal.

IT-100 solution provides Realtors with all the IT services and functionality required in their office, at an affordable price. It is designed specifically for the needs of the small business, offering a rich portfolio of services and an easy to use GUI management interface, the IT-100 can be administered with minimal IT knowledge.

"We have put the IT-100 through a rigorous, independent review process," said Richard Lawson, director of products for CRS. "During the testing, we ask whether the product would be helpful to a realtor, can it save them money, and is it easy to use. It passed every test we put it through and we have concluded that yes, it is useful to realtors, it will save them money and it is easy to use. We are pleased to put our coveted CRS Quality Tested Seal on the IT-100, 'IT in a Box.'"

Lawson continued, "This product is the very first hardware/software solution that CRS has reviewed and approved for our members' use, it represents well the marriage between useful technology with hardware and software."

Dave Brown, chief executive officer at EmergeCore said, "The IT-100 allows real estate agents to immediately establish themselves and their small office or branch on the Web. It provides them with a vehicle to promote their agency, improve their bottom line, and maintain necessary IT services at a low cost. It also serves as an equalizer; it allows smaller firms the ability to effectively compete against larger organizations."

IT in a Box
Currently shipping, the IT-100 combines 20 gigabytes of storage with a router, a four-port switch, a firewall, a Wi-Fi wireless access point, an FTP server, multiple domain support, an e-mail server and VPN services in a single $1,395 device.

In addition to its unparalleled low price point, the IT-100 greatly reduces the need for costly IT support. Even a non-technical person can set up and manage the IT-100 through the CoreVista Web browser interface. There's no software installation required. With on-board WEB Site Builder, the IT-100 is the only network device to allow users to quickly and easily design and build their own Web sites, with no need to perform an FTP upload.

The GUI Windows-like interface of the CoreVista software is so simple that even a non-technical staff member could set up the network in minutes. The resulting network can support PCs, Macintosh workstations and Unix machines -- basically any device with an Ethernet or wireless access point, including laptops, Tablet PCs and PDAs. With the built in wireless LAN access point, a small business can save the expensive task of wiring an office. With the built in VPN Server, a small business has the ability to remotely and securely connect to the office network, and multiple remote offices can securely connect to the head office. A small business can even create and host its own Web site without ever having to upload an FTP file. An office staff member can easily handle all of the setup functions of the IT-100, or if they choose, they can administer the unit through a local ISP, CLEC, or a consultant or reseller. The IT-100 design is particularly appealing to the SMB with limited office space.

About CRS
The Council of Residential Specialists is the largest not-for-profit affiliate of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®, with its headquarters in Chicago, Ill. It is composed of nearly 40,000 Certified Residential Specialists (CRS) Designees and Candidates/General Members. The association was created to attract and retain those REALTORS® seeking the knowledge, tools and relationship-building opportunities needed to maximize their income and professionalism in residential real estate.

CRS Members may purchase the IT-100 at a discounted price at http://crsstore.com.

About EmergeCore
Founded in September 2000, EmergeCore Networks is focused on the further development of "IT in a Box"®, All in One networking solutions for small business and branch office customers. To reduce costs and simplify IT solutions, small businesses are focusing on simple, easy to manage technologies. EmergeCore Networks developed the IT-100 specifically to address the infrastructure technology needs of the small business customer. The IT-100 All in One IT solution provides the support, services, and functionality required for the small business owner.

EmergeCore is a private company based in Boise, Idaho. For more information about EmergeCore, readers can visit the company's website at www.emergecore.com.

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