IT departments are often caught between the requests of users who want the latest and greatest technology right now—even if it’s not perfect—and users who value reliable and consistent IT services above all else.
How can you serve both types of users without wasting time, energy, budget, and everyone’s patience? In Cisco IT, we’ve done it by creating the Advanced Cisco Experience (ACE) network. Operating ACE separately from our production network, we use it to introduce new IT services and products to a group of technology specialists before we deploy those services company-wide. These services include new releases of Cisco unified communications, collaboration, video, and mobility technology products that our employees use to work the way they want, across different devices and locations, which drives gains in user productivity. Read More »
Tags: ACE, collaboration, leading edge, mobility, production network, service introduction, UC, unified communications, video
The way that enterprises connect to the outside world is changing. The transition to voice over IP (VoIP) that began with enterprise networks a decade ago, is now in full force in service provider networks. In a report issued on Monday, Infonetics Research reported that Cisco, the global market leader for unified communications and collaboration, is now the new market leader in global enterprise session border control (SBC) solutions for the first half of 2012, providing secure IP connectivity from the enterprise edge to the service provider session initiation protocol (SIP) trunking service.
Why is this so important? Service providers are now offering SIP trunking services instead of legacy dial tone (also known as time-division-multiplexing or TDM) to connect to enterprises of all sizes, including small businesses. In fact, according to their 2012 VoIP and UC Services Report, Infonetics forecasts SIP trunks to grow over 66 percent in 2012 alone. Customers are quickly embracing the new technology, which offers substantial cost savings and the promise of extending real-time rich-media collaboration applications beyond the enterprise to customers, partners and suppliers.
To begin realizing the benefits of SIP trunking, businesses need to deploy a session border controller in order to efficiently and securely connect to service providers while preserving voice quality and features. Session border controllers connect IP networks and provide session control, security, demarcation for better troubleshooting and interworking to help overcome differences in the deployment of the SIP standard (such as CODEC or signaling).
Cisco reinvents the collaboration edge
Cisco’s session border controller, called, Cisco Unified Border Element (CUBE) is a software license add-on to the widely deployed Cisco Integrated Services Routers (ISRs) and Aggregation Services Routers (ASRs). CUBE provides significant benefits over competitors’ stand-alone session border controller offerings. For example, CUBE enables customers to transition more smoothly to SIP trunking while reducing costs and operational complexity, often requiring no new hardware to be purchased or deployed. As a result, CUBE has been adopted by over 5,000 customers in 160 countries.
In their report, Infonetics credited Cisco’s differentiated model for delivering SIP trunking service, stating: “This is a natural extension of Cisco’s dominant market position in the router market—the majority of organizations have Cisco routers already installed and deployed at the important network border points.”
Other benefits of CUBE include: Read More »
Tags: collaboration, CUBE, Infonetics, SBC, Service Provider, Session Border Control, SIP, SIP trunk, UC, unified communications, voice over IP
The Global Certification Team (GCT) is proud to announce the addition of the Catalyst 4500E Series (Cat4K) with Supervisor Engine 7L-E (SUP 7L-E) to the Unified Capabilities (UC) Approved Products List (APL). The Cat4K was tested on IOS XE version 3.3(0)SG, assigned tracking number 1126909, and was certified as an Assured Services Local Area Network (ASLAN) Layer 2 Access switch. The UC APL Memo can be found here.
With more than 700,000 chassis deployed, Cisco Catalyst 4500E Series Switches are the foundation for Cisco Borderless Networks and the leading modular platform for campus access and price-performance distribution deployments. The Cisco® Catalyst® 4500E Supervisor Engine 7L-E (Figure 1) is an enterprise-class borderless campus access and price/performance aggregation supervisor engine designed to provide 520 Gbps per system with E-Series chassis. The Cisco Catalyst 4500E Supervisor Engine 7L-E builds on the success of its predecessor, the Cisco Catalyst 4500E Supervisor Engine 6L-E, and provides unprecedented performance with borderless services such as Flexible NetFlow (FNF) and hosted third-party applications. Get more information on the Cat4K series on Cisco.com.
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Tags: 4500E, apl, cat4k, catalyst, GCT, Sup 7L-E, supervisor, UC
Gartner recently released their 2012 Magic Quadrant for Corporate Telephony, and I am incredibly pleased to share that Cisco was placed in the leader’s quadrant. These results come just after Cisco was recognized as a leader in Gartner’s 2012 Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications. We believe that, together, these reports signal the momentum that Cisco is experiencing as a leader in Collaboration.
And yes, the momentum has been strong! This past April, Cisco achieved a new milestone by shipping more than 50 million IP phones. We’ve also gained significant traction with Cisco Jabber, which enables instant messaging, conferencing, voice and telepresence video on multiple devices, increasing 55% in license volume year over year.
Our history of success has been validated many times before, not only by sales growth and market share gains, but also acknowledged by technology analysts as an industry leading vendor in this space for more than ten years. Most of you have followed this validation and we believe this year’s Magic Quadrant is just another example.
At Cisco, we understand that our customers don’t make decisions on data, voice or video alone. Instead, they are looking for integrated solutions that deliver the rich media capabilities their users demand, and at the same time, provide the agility, resiliency and high quality experiences the business demands.
According to Gartner analysts Jay Lassman, Geoff Johnson, and Steve Blood in their Corporate Telephony report, “We evaluated vendors for their understanding of how customer needs are changing (both for users and the IT group responsible for managing telephony). It was especially important to see how vendors proposed to complement, or compete with, UC collaboration solutions.” Read More »
Tags: collaboration, Gartner, HCS, IP Phones, jabber, telephony, UC, unified communications, virtualization, vxi
The Global Certification Team (GCT) is proud to announce the addition of the Catalyst 6500-E to the Unified capabilities (UC) Approved Products List (APL). The Cat6K was tested as a switch in Virtual Switching System (VSS) mode with Software Release (Rel.) 15.0(1)SY1, Tracking Number (TN) 1132001, as an Assured Services Local Area Network (ASLAN) – Layer 2/Layer 3 Access, Core, and Distribution switch. The UC APL Memo can be found here.
The Cisco® Catalyst® 6500 and 6500-E Series sets the new standard for IP Communications and application delivery in enterprise campus and service provider networks by maximizing user productivity and enhancing operational control. As the premier intelligent, multilayer modular Cisco switch, the Catalyst 6500 Series delivers secure, converged, end-to-end services, from the wiring closet to the core network, the data center, and the WAN edge.
For more information on the Catalyst 6500-E Series, please visit Cisco.com.
Tags: 6500, 6500-E, apl, approved, aslan, capabilities, catalyst, certification, certified, IOS, list, products, UC, unified, vss