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Virtualized Collaboration: Unifying Virtual Desktop, Voice and Video

At Enterprise Connect last week, Cisco Jabber and Cisco TelePresence weren’t the only stars of the show.  Cisco’s desktop virtualization thin clients, Cisco Virtualization Experience Clients (VXC), were getting quite a bit of attention also. Some may find this surprising since Enterprise Connect has traditionally been considered a “voice” show.  But just as the market has moved beyond voice to more mobile, social and visual collaboration, it has also evolved to a world of virtual collaboration. With the resulting unexpected benefit of unification of the complete office desktop, which in turn enables a variety of mobile strategies, many companies are now reconsidering their virtual desktop projects as voice and video become a must have for the users.

Last year at Enterprise Connect, we discussed how Cisco is helping customers address the challenges with Cisco Virtualization Experience Infrastructure (VXI), Cisco’s end to end virtual workspace solution with new desktop virtualization clients.  In addition to the VXC 2000 series that were featured on the Exhibition Hall, we offered Cisco NDA sessions on VXI, where we demonstrated a new thin client we were working on, VXC 6215.

Last week, we demoed this new device in the Enterprise Connect Exhibit Hall and got a lot of interest from the conference attendees.  The attendees immediately understood the value of VXC 6215, which unifies virtual desktops with voice and video, all in one device, without compromising the user experience.  Many of them used the word “smart” to describe how VXC 6215 eliminates the classic “hairpin” issue that is associated with today’s traditional desktop virtualization thin clients when voice and video is not separated from the display protocol.  With VXC 6215, we’ve applied the network intelligence to route voice and video traffic, point to point, without traversing back to the data center.

VXC 6215 is available and shipping today.  Read More »

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It’s not just the PC…it’s the experience that’s changing

The industry is buzzing about the “post-PC era,” but some customers I talk to object to the term because it’s not just about the PC. The entire compute stack has changed fundamentally – new devices, server architectures, and operating systems have exploded onto the scene.

The post-PC era is really about a new experience – a change in the way people are using apps, devices, and the network to connect with people and information.

As business people choose alternatives to the PC (and alternatives like cloud computing), we at Cisco believe their experience can’t be compromised. It has to surpass the PC / client-server paradigm.

The Cisco Cius and our latest advance in the Cisco Virtualization Experience Infrastructure are very different solutions that offer business advantage in the post-PC era. Let me tell you why.

The Cisco Cius is an enterprise collaboration device for business that integrates mobile video, voice and virtualization into a single device. Its multi-touch tablet form factor allows mobility while delivering a powerful user experience.

It securely delivers my virtual desktop and all my business apps – as well as voice and HD video calls – in a mobile device. Depending on where I’m going, I can leave the laptop at home.

Cisco’s App Developer Program

Since its launch, Cisco Cius has really beefed up its applications profile while maintaining enterprise data security (and believe me, IT loves the security and manageability of the Cius).

At Cisco Live in July, we announced AppHQ, the industry’s first enterprise applications marketplace. Android developers are seeing how simple and powerful AppHQ really is, and as a result, hundreds of mobile business apps are being created, managed, and deployed quickly and securely. (Soon I predict there will be thousands.)

Wyse’s “PocketCloud” Remote Desktop App for Cius
In late September, Wyse announced their PocketCloud solution for Cius available via AppHQ – it lets you securely access, search, control, and edit the files stored on your computer from anywhere. I love it. It’s no surprise why PC World named Wyse PocketCloud the ‘best by far’ remote desktop Android application.

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WAAS Hot This Week: Getting Rid of Repeats

Tomorrow, Wednesday November 16th, we’re having a live webcast, “Getting Rid of Repeats: How Cisco DRE Helps Optimize Performance”,  going over the technical details behind the advanced caching technology in Cisco WAAS Context Aware Data Redundancy Elimination (DRE).

Show hosts Noam Syrkin WAAS expert (and recent video datasheet star) and Jimmy Ray Purser of Techwise TV fame give an “under-the-hood” review of this new Context-Aware DRE technology, as well as a look at how this and other technologies within our WAN Optimization solutions are bringing big opportunities to the enterprise network.  Read More »

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Part 2 of “A deeper dive into Cisco VXI finds Cisco WAAS”

Dateline Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.  Citrix Summit and Synergy, October 2011
Hi again,
Last post I said I’d get back to you to give you, at least, my opinion of why Citrix and Cisco are partnering up.  As you might have seen from the dateline above, it’s easy to find out when you get to Citrix Summit and Synergy.  It has to do with the global and ubiquitous Cisco networks deployed by organizations everywhere.  Citrix is doing great with XenApp (last I heard, well over 50,000,000 licenses) and is poised to do even better with XenDesktop.

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Secure Virtual Desktops for over a Billion Devices – Cisco @ Citrix Synergy

photo courtesy of Citrix SynergyAt Cisco we are believers in the Borderless Networks mantra of any device, anywhere. One of the ways we deliver on this vision is with AnyConnect, our secure mobility client that provides a secure, encrypted connection back to corporate, just the thing for road warriors who might have to use public wifi in coffee shops or airports.

That’s one way to do it.

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