We have a new ‘Spotlight on Unified Communications Management’ available now and it may really help many of you get your head wrapped around the value of buying and using this kind of software. We tackle four typical headaches around:
Remote Site Rollouts
Moves, Adds and Changes
We showcase the incredible new look and feel that PRIME brings to the UC Management Suite as our favorite tools have gotten a lot more integrated and easier to work with.
UCMS will help you automate the minutiae, delegate the redundant, all the while giving you a rich tool set to be in control when times are smooth and quick to react when things go awry.
Upgrading a critical enterprise call processing system to a completely new virtualized server platform sounds pretty tricky. Doing it from 5,000 miles away, in the public square of a sleepy Spanish village using your laptop and a VPN connection over the free municipal WiFi service sounds … well, maybe a little crazy. Recently, I did just that, migrating our Cisco Unified Communications Manager (UCM) cluster in Johannesburg, South Africa to the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) platform from the small village in Spain where I was vacationing.
Before I go on -- there are some workshops to check out -- these are the awesome one-on-one interactive opportunities most often hosted by our chief geek Jimmy Ray: Check out ciscoworkshops.com for the latest.
This show has us going into Network Management again which is always of more interest than we initially projected -- and, like we do with all our shows, we made an attempt at a theme…something we felt would resonate with our technically inclined audience. This is where our ‘anti-hero’ direction came from. Now why would anyone diss on hero’s?
I was chatting with a colleague recently who was recounting her experience as a first-year engineer just out of school. It was a role that required designing and troubleshooting complicated networks—MPLS or ATM with intricate VPI/VCIs. Not being a technical person, the acronyms alone seemed daunting to me. But what became painfully obvious was the time and resource drain that is inherent when supporting a vast number of customers with needs that change on an ongoing basis. Without a standardized reference or blueprint, they were forced each time to create—and re-create—the wheel, over and over. It was clearly a problem in need of a solution—and an architectural one at that.
At Cisco, we’ve been talking about how Borderless Networks can transform your business—from the IT management side of things, and from the end-user experience perspective. But what helps make that a reality is the underlying architectural blueprint.
Today’s Power of Participation launch delivers new innovations in Borderless Networks for video, energy management, security, and mobility.
Yes, that’s right! Cisco is introducing new products and services across all the functional elements of its Borderless Network Architecture—routing, switching, wireless, and security portfolios. Notable additions include our highest-performing Adaptive Security Appliance firewall, Catalyst switch, and compact ASR 1000 router in their classes, new entry-level 802.11n wireless access points for smaller businesses, and offerings that accelerate application performance physically and virtually across networks.
Of course, as channel partners, you may be wondering, how can you take advantage of these new offerings? Watch our video with Wenceslao Lada (VP Partner Sales and Practice Management, Borderless Networks) as he explains the news and what it means for partners.