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Virtualized Collaboration: Unifying Virtual Desktop, Voice and Video

At Enterprise Connect last week, Cisco Jabber and Cisco TelePresence weren’t the only stars of the show.  Cisco’s desktop virtualization thin clients, Cisco Virtualization Experience Clients (VXC), were getting quite a bit of attention also. Some may find this surprising since Enterprise Connect has traditionally been considered a “voice” show.  But just as the market has moved beyond voice to more mobile, social and visual collaboration, it has also evolved to a world of virtual collaboration. With the resulting unexpected benefit of unification of the complete office desktop, which in turn enables a variety of mobile strategies, many companies are now reconsidering their virtual desktop projects as voice and video become a must have for the users.

Last year at Enterprise Connect, we discussed how Cisco is helping customers address the challenges with Cisco Virtualization Experience Infrastructure (VXI), Cisco’s end to end virtual workspace solution with new desktop virtualization clients.  In addition to the VXC 2000 series that were featured on the Exhibition Hall, we offered Cisco NDA sessions on VXI, where we demonstrated a new thin client we were working on, VXC 6215.

Last week, we demoed this new device in the Enterprise Connect Exhibit Hall and got a lot of interest from the conference attendees.  The attendees immediately understood the value of VXC 6215, which unifies virtual desktops with voice and video, all in one device, without compromising the user experience.  Many of them used the word “smart” to describe how VXC 6215 eliminates the classic “hairpin” issue that is associated with today’s traditional desktop virtualization thin clients when voice and video is not separated from the display protocol.  With VXC 6215, we’ve applied the network intelligence to route voice and video traffic, point to point, without traversing back to the data center.

VXC 6215 is available and shipping today.  Read More »

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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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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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Dual-Mode Phones: Lower cost mobile phones —we think

Calling on your mobile in the office, and seeing the bill at the end of the month, makes you wish you could use your mobile on your office phone network.  In my last blog (“Dual-mode phones:  Challenges for an Enterprise Deployment“) I described how dual mode phones can provide that, by connecting to your office phone network via wireless LAN (802.11 wireless) whenever free wireless Internet access is available to let you do that.

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