Making Meetings Simple

August 15, 2016 - 8 Comments

Earlier this year when I told you our acquisition of Acano was complete I said fasten your seatbelts… I meant it! The newly combined team is on fire and today we’re announcing the availability of our first product to come of this incredible meeting of the minds. And it is pretty awesome.

I have always believed deeply that technology should solve the world’s hardest problems—it shouldn’t cause problems. But frankly, collaboration technology has been causing some big problems for people who are just trying to connect and get their best work done. That’s why I came to Cisco—to radically reinvent business communications for the 21st century.

Cisco Meeting Server helps to fix these problems. Specifically, it fixes problems created by certain vendors (I mean you, Microsoft) whose technology hasn’t always played well with others (like Cisco’s industry-leading video portfolio).

“Can we Skype?” “Can you get to a telepresence room?” “Will you be on your iPhone or in front of your laptop?” Cisco Meeting Server makes such questions a thing of the past as it lets whoever you’re meeting join with whatever they choose. And it scales—whether you have just a few users meeting occasionally or you have tens of thousands of users who need to be able to meet with others at any time.

Don’t take those seatbelts off yet—we’re moving fast and I can’t wait to tell you about what’s next.

Stay tuned, and let me know what you think @rowantrollope.

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  1. Will CMS be included in the “Cisco Enterprise Agreement : Collaboration” portfolio of software?

  2. Will this replace on-prem Webex meeting server? OR will it be possible to convert WebEx licenses to Meeting server license?

    • Cisco Meeting Server is now the lead offer for on-prem conferencing, if joining via video, web or audio. Cisco Webex Meeting Server (CWMS) is still available for customers who prefer the Webex experience, Cisco has both products available, one is not replacing the other.
      As to migration we don’t have a CWMS to Meeting Server migration pricing program today, but we have been discussing this internally, so stay tune.

      Thank you for your interest on these products.

      Ron Lewis

  3. Fantastic, this sounds so great!

  4. Thanks Rowan. Is there a position statement for CMR vs Cisco Meeting Server yet?

  5. @rowantrollope I would like to see a deeper dive on the topic. Have you published more elsewhere?