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Virtualization and Cisco Unified Communications

September 16, 2010 - 1 Comment

New FriendsCisco Data Center – Meet Cisco UC & Collaboration…you two will be working together a lot more now…

Inevitable really – I think we are going to continue to see a lot more of Cisco’s software running on top of our data center innovation…it stands to reason of course, we want you to buy it…so why would we not use it?  That’s the cynical answer – the reality is that makes more sense than you may realize. 


Simple headlines conveniently overlook the details…but that is where we come in!  This latest episode of TechWiseTV is full of geeky goodness and you have arrived at the shownotes. Details, links and all the specifics are below the fold – 

Cisco’s leadership in driving fundamental changes to the old TDB PBX forever changed the communications landscape and Unified Communications is now where the industry is measured.  In the last few years, Cisco has successfully challenged another status quo with changes to the data center.  The very same paradigm shifting consolidation of historically distinct voice and data within the communications industry is now playing out very rapidly as the concept of virtualization has emerged as a savior to challenges plaguing the data center. 

Our challenge for this show involved two things: Share the details you need for making a decision about virtualization of your real-time voice applications was a good move for you and your company PLUS figure out how to take some very technical concepts with Cisco’s UCS proposition and make them easy to understand – especially for those of us who are not usually thinking too much about the data center.

The aha moment could be easy to miss.

Cisco entered the data center market not to simply create a ‘me too’ server in the model that’s been present for years…but to offer a radically evolutionary design with dramatic benefits in power consumption, scalability, manageability and bottom line cost.   These are not idle talking points to be confused with claims any vendor would make any given day…but they are backed with specific and interesting technology advancements.

The future is bright indeed – all of these benefits and more are now available to Cisco UC customers who leverage the Cisco Unified Computing System. There is new stuff to learn – but it is as exciting as it is your career and to your company.  Join us as we dive into exactly what you need to know…using terms and people that will get you started on one of the most beneficial changes you can make to your communications future.

Segment by Segment Breakdown

Segment 1: Unified Communications Gets Virtualized
Robb and I topline the compelling economic benefits of virtualizing Unified Communications and explain what it means for your strategy and how to get your head around Cisco’s game-changing virtualization technology.

Segment 1

Two links to check out for further information about this entire subject, for the less technical: Check out the official Introduction Page, for those of you looking to dig into even more meat and taters, go here…Unified Communications Virtualization


Segment 2: Why Change the Status Quo?
James Arias joined me via TelePresence to explore the evolution of Unified Communications and show how virtualizing it in your data center leads to incredible simplicity.

Tina and James Arias

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Segment 3: Unified Computing System versus MCS
In the lab,  Jimmy Ray and I reveal the pros and cons of the Cisco Unified Computing System and show you what you need to know to make the migration. 

Tina and JR

What Can Be Virtualized?
Unified Communications Manager version 8.0(2)
Unified Contact Center Express/IPIVR version  8.0(2)
Unified Contact Center Enterprise version  8.0(2)
Cisco Unified Presence version  8.0(1)
Cisco Unity version  7.0(2)
Cisco Unity Connection version  8.0(2

There are specifics to be aware of as not ‘every’ flavor is eligible.

Segment 4: Guidelines and Implementation
Jimmy Ray and I continue their lab session and what you need to know for a successful Implementation. 

Segment 5: Pulling It All Together
The team came back together to review the show and document your final action steps for moving forward.


We put the four animated parts together that were featured throughout the show. This fundamentals was a critical component in my mind – coming from the UC world and the Microsoft / IT world before that, I’m pretty comfortable with servers. My guess is most UC professionals are the same way – but when you start talking data center technologies and virtualization, some basic concepts need to be communicated.

Would love to know what you think about ‘Fundamentals of UCS”


So what do you think?

Are you ready to virtualize? I honestly became a huge convert as we worked through this show – if I was still installing systems this is the way I would go. It isn’t right for every company or every install, but it is a viable option for most folks!

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  1. We have seen significant activity with Virtualization and Fax over IP initiatives working with Cisco CM. It would be interesting to see some discussion and contribution to the website, which is now becoming an anchor website for the industry.