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“But didn’t you just release Cisco UC 9.0?”

I have heard this often since Oct 16 when we announced Cisco Unified Communications Release 9.0 “in the cloud”, or more specifically in Cisco Hosted Collaboration Solution (HCS). The question has led to positive discussions around Cisco’s focus on providing customers their choice of deployment model without compromise.

Cloud collaboration is an integral part of Cisco’s Collaboration strategy. We are committed to delivering feature parity for Cisco Unified Communications on premises and in the cloud. After a new Cisco UC release is made available for on premises deployment, then within a quarter the same enhancements will be available in the cloud through Cisco HCS. Case in point, Cisco UC 9.0 “First Customer Ship” (FCS) was Aug 15. FCS of Cisco HCS with Cisco UC 9.0 was Oct 26.

Whether it’s voice, video, messaging, web conferencing, mobility, or security — Cisco UC 9.0 is all about more flexibility, bridging systems together, and protecting our customers’ investments. Making Cisco UC capabilities additionally accessible through the cloud enables customers who need to mix and match deployment options to meet unique and varying business requirements. Certified HCS partners now also have the ability to provide extra value-add solutions and services.

I invite you to join experts from my team for a live webcast with Q&A on Nov 14. Learn more about the new options for deploying Cisco Unified Communications as well as Cisco TelePresence, Cisco WebEx and Cisco Contact Center. We will share use cases and what you should consider when determining which deployment model is best for your business.

As always, I welcome your feedback and look forward to us staying engaged.

Thomas

 

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