A little while back I blogged about the Vblock solution for Cisco HCS. This time around I’ve got answers about another solution, Vblock for Cisco Unified Communications, which is designed for delivering hosted services.
To succeed in today’s fast paced, global economy, businesses must be able to communicate and collaborate. This requires access to a range of voice, video, and messaging communication tools. While the essence of communication is to break down barriers, organizations today must contend with the barriers imposed by increasingly complex communications environments. The VCE solution enables rapid deployment of Cisco Unified Communications applications on Vblock Infrastructure Platforms to provide an integrated hardware and software solution that connects people, information, and teams, helping to enable comprehensive and effective collaborative experiences.
Before you keep reading, watch the video Cisco UC “As-A-Service” Offers on Vblock Platform, which provides an overview of the solution, and what customers can expect.
What are the advantages of Vblock? Keep reading for the FAQ.
What are the main highlights for the Vblock for Cisco UC Solution?
• It has an integrated hardware and software solution, which speeds time to revenue
• It enables you to easily scale infrastructure up and out to meet demand and accommodate growth in services
• It offers the option to use blade packs pre-configured for Cisco Unified Communications
• It enables efficient, simplified management of compute, network, and storage as a single entity
• It includes integrated compute, network, storage, virtualization, and management technology, which improves application performance, security, dynamic scaling, and disaster recovery
• It has a converged infrastructure, which reduces cost, power, and footprint
• It enables pervasive virtualization, which provides application mobility and agility, making it easy to relocate and add resources as needed
What is the business case for UC on Vblock?
Employees, partners, and customers communicate with each other using many communications methods, including mobile phones, tablets, PCs, PDAs, video conferencing, voice mail, instant messaging, and email. Although these tools can make communications easier, faster, and more flexible, a lack of integration between devices and media types can slow down business communications, and hinder productivity.
Organizations are equally concerned with increasing the operational efficiency and reducing the CapEx and OpEx associated with the IT resources in their data centers. Businesses need to simplify the data center architecture and IT operations so they can focus on business innovation instead of integrating, validating, and managing IT infrastructure.
What is the Vblock UC Solution?
The Vblock Solution for Unified Communications brings together Cisco Unified Communications, a comprehensive, integrated IP communications system of voice, messaging, video, and desktop applications, on the pre-engineered, pre-integrated, validated Vblock platform. The solution eliminates the need to build an infrastructure from individual vendor products–a non-trivial undertaking where architecture design, deployment, and operational complexities are can be a hindrance. The Vblock platform provides the ability to seamlessly scale the Unified Communications system up and out as needed using standard compute, network, and storage building blocks.
Unified Communications, deployed on the Vblock platform, enables companies to adapt quickly to market changes, increase productivity, improve their competitive advantage, and deliver a rich media experience across any workspace. To facilitate rapid and simplified deployments, blade packs that are preconfigured for Unified Communications applications will be offered as a Vblock platform option.
What are the key benefits?
The key benefits include factory-integrated components and validated solutions that speed time to value. The Vblock solution also allows on-site installation, configuration, and performance-tuning of the Vblock platform to ensure successful and rapid deployment. Lastly, it offers a standardized infrastructure for application mobility, IT simplicity, and lower CapEx and OpEx.
What are the key differentiators?
One of the traditional challenges with Unified Communications has been the sizing and scaling of the storage system. Customized sizing guidelines for the Vblock platform specific to Cisco Unified Communications makes storage configuration simple and straightforward. To simplify deployment and configuration, blade packs, pre-configured to adhere to Cisco Unified Communications configuration standards, are available.
What are Vblock infrastructure platforms?
With Vblock Infrastructure Platforms, VCE delivers the industry’s first completely integrated IT offering that combines best-of-breed virtualization, networking, computing, storage, security, and management technologies with end-to-end vendor accountability. This converged infrastructure enables rapid virtualization deployment, so customers quickly see a return on investment (ROI). Vblock Infrastructure Platforms offer varying storage capacities, processing and network performance, and they support such incremental capabilities as enhanced security and business continuity.
What are the next steps?