Today’s enterprise employees don’t access e-mail from just their desktop computers. Whether they are working in their office or pulled into a mission critical meeting, working remotely, or on the go and accessing work via their mobile devices – they need to be able to collaborate on their own terms. As a market leader in collaboration Cisco is continuing to address this need; today, we are announcing new solutions at Enterprise Connect that advance the idea of people-centric collaboration – connecting people instead of devices. Cisco’s news is all about providing customers with a wide range of integrated and interoperable collaboration options so users can connect and collaborate with their peers from any device, at any time.
First, Cisco is introducing the new Jabber for iPad and Jabber for Windows. These new clients build on previous Jabber announcements that include Jabber for Android, iOS, Mac, BlackBerry and Cisco Cius tablets. Today’s announcement provides customers using a wide range of major devices with collaboration capabilities, including:
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With Jabber, users are able to have a cohesive user experience across any platform and collaborate the way that they prefer. For example, Cisco Jabber for iPad provides high definition video calling, including seamless integration with Cisco’s TelePresence solutions within the enterprise. Check out the video clip below, part of a demo from our upcoming Collaboration Announcements Webcast; Laurent Philonenko, Vice President and General Manager of Cisco’s Clients and Mobility Business demonstrates a video call using Cisco Jabber for iPad:
Cisco is also introducing a new immersive telepresence system, the Cisco TelePresence TX9000 Series. The TX9000 expands Cisco’s broad portfolio of telepresence offerings, which includes fully immersive systems, multipurpose room-based solutions, desktop and personal video solutions, and cloud-based managed offerings such as Cisco Callway, introduced in October 2011, ideal for small and medium-sized businesses looking to scale their workforce.
The TX9000 is built using a new industrial design that offers offers customers the highest level of video immersion, while reducing the bandwidth needed by 20 percent. Read More »
This morning NetApp and Cisco announced how the companies are helping channel partners sell and deploy their FlexPod design architecture with Microsoft Windows Server Hyper-V. This is a major expansion of our partnership with Microsoft, so I picked up the phone and called Rick Snyder, vice president of Global Strategic Partner Organization here at Cisco to ask him a few questions.
Q: What’s the deal with this FlexPod solution with Microsoft? And what do our channel partners need to know about it?
A: So, Alex, today Cisco release a new Cisco Validated Design for the FlexPod shared infrastructure with Microsoft Private Cloud solutions to help ease deployments of the Microsoft Private Cloud solutions built on our shared infrastructure with NetApp. Also, FlexPods can be purchased pre-integrated for our US and Canada Channel partners through our work with Avnet. As part of its FlexPod Services, Avnet offers many different applications preloaded on the FlexPod.
Q: Shared infrastructure? Is that like a timeshare?
A: (laughs) Well in a way yes, but rather than a room in a Caribbean, we are the data center hardware in the data center. We’ve furnished the data center with the necessary hardware to house many different applications from VMware, Citrix, and now for our Microsoft Private Cloud customers. We feed these applications with data center resources like computing, industry leading memory, network bandwidth, and storage capacity to offer end users an enjoyable experience.
NetApp and Cisco continue to innovate and deliver new popular FlexPod solutions. These pre-designed and pre-tested Data Center infrastructure offerings are built on a unified architecture comprised of Cisco UCS servers, Cisco Nexus switches, and NetApp storage with Data ONTAP.
We’re pleased to announce FlexPod validated with Microsoft private cloud, a new offering which brings the benefits of the FlexPod architecture to Microsoft Windows Server and Hyper-V environments with System Center integration.
Microsoft Windows Server and Microsoft applications such as Exchange, SharePoint, SQL Server, and VDI are key workloads we often find in our customer’s UCS installations. UCS provides an optimum compute solution for these Microsoft applications delivering an agile, simple, and efficient Data Center platform. Please visit the FlexPod validated with Microsoft Private Cloud site here to learn more on how Cisco and NetApp are enabling your journey to the Microsoft Private Cloud.
Almost every customer that I speak to is looking at the opportunity that new mobile devices -- smart phones and tablets -- bring to increase collaboration and drive new business capabilities. And consistently, customers are asking these five questions:
How closely will the UC capabilities on my mobile device not just meet, but exceed the experience on my desktop?
Will users be able to make and receive calls on their mobile devices anywhere in the world as if they were using their desk phone?
Is video to the mobile device available at all, and if so is it really “business-ready” or is it more of a poor imitation of the TelePresence experience?
Are Wi-Fi access points evolving to better handle the increased traffic and usage patterns that come from adding mobile devices on the network?
If I choose a cloud provider for UC-as-a-Service, will that in any way limit my ability to deliver UC capabilities to a mobile device?
For Cisco, these questions are easy to answer because mobility and user experience are not an afterthought. Our collaboration development philosophy is people-centric -- that is driven by the user experience. And in the post PC era where tablets and mobile phones are primary work devices for many during each day, that experience must not just be equivalent to the desktop -- but maximize the unique opportunity that these new form factors provide. This is a fundamental change in the user experience model and Cisco is maximizing the potential of this new class of mobile devices. Read More »