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Experience the Virtual Desktop

January 6, 2011 at 6:00 am PST

The primary goal for desktop virtualization is a noble one:  to reduce total cost of ownership while enhancing security and increasing business agility without compromising the quality of the user experience.

How hard can it be?  That is of course the focus of our latest Data Center episode ‘Raising the Bar on Desktop Virtualization’

Read on for the shownotes!

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We have lift off! Cisco’s Collaboration Launch

November 18, 2010 at 7:15 pm PST

With the collaboration launch this week, Cisco’s call control infrastructure is now the single platform for both voice and video, creating a simpler approach to integrated solutions and an increase in the overall business value derived from these technologies.

Taking a step back, Cisco is effectively doing the same with video as we did with voice several years ago, and continuing to pave the way for enterprise-wide business communications.

The Cisco Unified Communications Manager brings together video and voice endpoints from Cisco, including endpoints from the Tandberg acquisition.

Alongside this integration, Cisco is introducing two telepresence endpoints at a lower, more affordable price, with smaller footprints, higher quality WebEx video conferencing, and a new service creation platform for service providers that extends telepresence to their organizations and customers.

Video is huge, and we are seeing continued focus and advancement in this space.

Also among the collaboration launch, Cisco emphasizes IT transformation with desktop virtualization, which is  a larger-scale investment for IT. Cisco’s new Virtualization Experience Infrastructure (VXI) solution, for the first time, enables the integration of desktop virtualization and the rich collaboration features of video. The solution includes  two new desktop virtualization clients and support for Cisco’s Cius on a mobile VXI client.

Exciting times, my friends!

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Creating a Virtualized Collaborative Workspace with Cisco VXI

Cisco Virtual Experience Infrastructure, or VXI, is a end-to-end, open desktop virtualization system designed to more easily and quickly deliver the benefits of scalable, manageable virtual desktop models in an enterprise, without sacrificing rich media experiences that users require for effective collaboration.

Listen to Cisco’s VP of Marketing for Data Center and Virtualization, Ben Gibson, discuss the benefits of Cisco’s new announcements around VXI.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Smk2Pzy2kLA

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Defining the Virtualized Collaborative Workspace

Today Cisco announced the Virtualization Experience Infrastructure (VXI).  I wanted to take the opportunity to discuss this new system, and offer some thoughts on what it means, relative to desktop virtualization.

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Cisco Unveils Virtualization Experience Infrastructure, a Complete IT System to Simplify Desktop Virtualization and Improve Virtual Collaboration Experiences

Cisco today announced a comprehensive desktop virtualization system and solutions comprising collaboration, borderless networking and data center technologies from Cisco and an ecosystem of leading virtualization vendors. 

Named the Cisco® Virtualization Experience Infrastructure (VXI), the system addresses the current state of fragmented solutions which complicate virtual desktop deployments. It also enhances traditional desktop virtualization for rich media and video.

Cisco today also introduced two zero client devices designed to allow users to enjoy all the benefits of desktop virtualization without sacrificing the rich-media collaboration experience inherent with high-powered PCs. Cisco further announced that the Cisco CiusTM business tablet will be enabled to participate in virtualized desktop environments at launch via the introduction of newly designed client applications from Citrix, VMware and Wyse.

 To read about these announcements in full, please click here.

 Live Internet Broadcast and Q&A Session

Cisco Senior Vice President, Systems and Architectures, Manny Rivelo, and Cisco Senior Vice President, Voice Technology Group, Barry O’Sullivan will host a press briefing on Cisco VXI  together with executives from Citrix, VMware and Wyse.

WHEN:   Monday, Nov. 15, 2010, 08:30 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (11:30 a.m. ET / 16:30 UTC)

WHERE: To attend the live broadcast, please visit http://event.ciscowebseminars.com/r.htm?e=264748&s=1&k=C69BFA35BE710E1804D99DB16A2E0625.  Minimal registration is required. A replay of the event will be available shortly following the event at http://newsroom.cisco.com.

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