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Cisco Captures A Leadership Position in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications

I’m pleased to announce that Cisco has received recognition as a Leader in Gartner’s newly-released 2012 Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications (UC).  In this report, Gartner analyzed the current enterprise UC market, and named Cisco as a market leader based on Cisco’s completeness of vision and ability to execute.

Gartner’s Unified Communications Magic Quadrant reflects the rapidly changing needs of today’s knowledge worker.  Recent research from a Cisco IBSG Horizons study showed that a striking 95% of businesses are allowing employee-owned devices in some way, shape or form in the workplace. This includes smartphones, tablets and other personal devices that run on a variety of platforms. Highlighting this trend, Gartner closely evaluated UC options that work across multiple mobile platforms, and that provide support for open standards and interoperability with other solutions.

According to Gartner’s Bern Elliot and Steve Blood, “Enterprises wish to avoid ‘closed gardens’ and weak support for standards to ensure choice and control. Support for standards is a critical consideration, as enterprises wish to integrate their UC deployments with business partners, customers, business applications and third-party products.”

Support for multiple platforms

Cisco helps businesses address this growing need by providing a full suite of UC solutions for mobile devices across a variety of deployment options, including Apple, Android and other popular operating systems. For enterprises juggling a deluge of new employee devices and corporate platforms, the ability to provide full UC client support – including video, instant messaging (IM), presence and web collaboration – across a multi-vendor environment is critical.

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Cisco at GSX: Stocking the Collaboration Toolbox with the Right Tool for Every Job

Which tool is more important: a stud finder or a hex wrench? You don’t need to be terribly tool-savvy to know there’s a place and a time for each to shine; a stud finder would come in handy to hang a heavy shelf but be useless when adjusting a bike derailleur.

When it comes to employee collaboration, the “go-to tools” are multiplying as the workspace is changing.  Some employees still do the bulk of their work from behind a desk at company headquarters; others split their time between the office and more on-the-go locales; still others need “full mobility” with access to the best software collaboration offerings available so work can happen in coffee shops, airplanes, hotel rooms—wherever.  To support these shifts in the way work gets done, Cisco announced some big changes to its unified communications licensing scheme this week at its virtual sales conference, GSX.

With today’s announcement, Cisco is now:

– offering software-only licensing. Prior to this, getting Cisco unified communications meant acquiring a license and a Cisco phone. No more; now, Cisco’s UC offerings can be managed and deployed as a true software platform. While many will still choose to start with a hardware phone, others will choose another device, like a PC, a tablet or even a smartphone as their main communication and collaboration tool. It is now up to you. Read More »

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Cisco Wins Record Awards at XChange, Thanks to Partner Votes

Last week in Dallas I had the opportunity to attend “XChange 2012” an event that brings together a number of industry experts and solutions providers for a dialog around the changes happening in the industry and a great opportunity to network.

Each year at this event UBM Channel presents the ARC Awards, short for Annual Report Card, which gives partners the opportunity to rate their vendors in a number of categories.

I’m proud to say that Cisco took home 16 ARC Awards capped off by five overall awards including  Enterprise Networking Infrastructure, Network Security Appliance and SMB Networking Hardware.  We won the overall in Unified Communications for the ninth consecutive year and finally, took home the top prize for Midrange Servers, beating IBM and HP in our first year competing in this category.

Not only is this the first time in Cisco’s history we’ve won all of the categories we entered, Cisco is the only vendor to have won this many categories at the event. These awards are thanks to you, our partners, and I had a chance to talk to some of the partners who attended the event. Here’s what they had to say.

What else happened at the event?

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Cisco Integrated Services Routers 1900, 2900, 3900, and 3900E Posted to UC APL!

The Global Certification Team (GCT) is proud to announce the addition of the ISR 1921, 1941, 2901, 2911, 2921, 2951, 3925, 3925E, 3945, and 3945E routers to the Unified Capabilities (UC) Approved Products List (APL).  These routers have been evaluated using IOS version 15.1(4)M3 and have been classified as a Customer Edge Router (CER)

The Specific certification memos can be found as follows:

The Cisco® Integrated Services Routers Generation 2 (ISR G2) Family of routers delivers the borderless network that can transform the branch office and customers’ experience while enabling business innovation and growth. Supporting the operation of these innovations, Cisco ISR G2 routers provide a rich set of management capabilities that exceed and complement what is available through industry standards. This document discusses these capabilities and related management applications that enable effective operations of Cisco ISR G2 networks and services.

For more information on the Cisco ISR G2 routers, please visit Cisco.com

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Cisco 7600 Routers added to UC APL!

The Global Certification Team (GCT) is proud to announce the addition of the Cisco 7603, 7604, 7606-S, 7609-S, and the 7613 Routers to the Unified Capabilities (UC) Approved Products List (APL).  The routers were tested on version 15.1(3)S2, and were certified as a Customer Edge Router (CER).  The 7600’s were given tracking number 1116706, and the APL memo can be found here.

The Cisco 7600 Series is the industry’s first carrier-class edge router to offer integrated, high-density Ethernet switching, carrier-class IP/MPLS routing, and 10-Gbps interfaces, benefiting enterprises and helping enable service providers to deliver both consumer and business services over a single converged Carrier Ethernet network.

To find out more about the Cisco 7600 Series routers, please visit Cisco.com!

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