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Innovating to Impact the Way Users do Business

April 16, 2010 - 0 Comments

by Debra Chrapaty, senior vice president and general manager, Cisco Collaboration Software Group

Ok, I admit it.  I always lead with technology.  So, I tend to get excited about technical innovations – but especially those that impact the way users do business. 

The new Cisco WebEx Node for MCS is exactly that kind of technology. Yes, the name may be a bit techy – which may be why I like it!   And unfortunately, some business users won’t ever know what it means (for the record, it’s Media Convergence Servers). Regardless, the business benefit of this new technology will be felt by many organizations out there.  In fact, I’ve talked with a lot of CIOs who are wrestling with balancing the many options that support their business strategies.  Whether it is driving for security and predictability of on-premise solutions, or embracing the agility and opex cost reduction of cloud options – the bottom line is that businesses really just want choice.

The Cisco WebEx Node for MCS  is a software component that is deployed on-premise with Cisco Unified MeetingPlace 8.0.  It extends the hosted web conferencing capability of WebEx inside an organization’s firewall, allowing web conferencing bandwidth to be optimized and combined with MeetingPlace audio conferencing.  This deployment option allows for internal web  meeting media traffic  to be routed to the WebEx Node for MCS and remain in-house, rather than having media for internal meetings distributed from the cloud. At the same time, the cloud can provide failover and overflow capacity for meetings with a mix of internal and external participants.

Organizations no longer have to make the choice between on-premise or on-demand implementation options. The Cisco WebEx Node for MCS provides the optimal hybrid web conferencing solution by blending the two deployment models.  You can combine the cost-savings advantages of on-premises voice conferencing, the productivity benefits of Cisco WebEx web conferencing, and the data performance and security benefits of an onsite platform.

And this is just a start.  You’ll continue to see innovations by Cisco that defy traditional implementation boundaries. It’s no longer about cloud vs. enterprise network. It’s about bringing the best, integrated, most secure and cost-effective conferencing experience to all users, at all times, in the format of their choice.

 by Debra Chrapaty, senior vice president and general manager, Cisco Collaboration Software Group

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