One year ago at Cisco Collaboration Summit 2013, we set out on a mission to bring amazing collaboration experiences to every room, every desktop, and every pocket. We’ve had an incredible year delivering simple and affordable collaboration technologies leading up to Collaboration Summit 2014 this week in Los Angeles. In addition to yesterday’s news, today, the innovation continues as we announce two new Business Edition collaboration solutions for businesses of every size. Designed for partners to take to market, these packaged collaboration solutions make it easier for you to sell, deploy, and manage.

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Packaged Collaboration for Every Size Business

The new Cisco Business Edition 6000S is designed for smaller deployments – up to 150 users – while meeting all your customers’ essential collaboration needs. It’s preconfigured with five unified communications applications and built on a cutting edge router, yet can seamlessly migrate to full-scale collaboration platforms. No other vendor offers an integrated router, server and gateway for this market segment, which provides an enormous competitive edge for you.

We are also announcing the Cisco Business Edition 7000H for larger customers. This high-density platform is optimized for 1000 or more users, especially those with video-intensive deployments. It can run up to ten unified communications and advanced collaboration applications. With integrated voice and video call control, collaboration is now faster and easier for you to deploy for your larger customers.

New Opportunities in Video and Cloud

I’m excited about yesterday’s announcements and the huge opportunities for your business, with innovations in video, cloud, and collaboration applications. The Cisco IX5000  triple-screen telepresence system gives you a chance to reignite the immersive video conversation and upgrade your installed base. With the ability to deploy anywhere with no room remediation required, you can now think outside the boardroom and provide an immersive experience to most any conference room at a lower total cost of ownership. And the faster installation time means quicker time to revenue and greater profits for you, while also breaking down barriers to customer adoption.

I hope you’ve already had a chance to download our new Project Squared app and begun exploring how it can help your teams. Project Squared is a collaboration app where teams come together. It’s like a mobile conference room that has everything teams need to do their best work. But it’s more than an app. It’s built on the Cisco Collaboration Cloud, integrates with the tools people already depend on like calendars, WebEx, and Box, and it will extend the value of your customers’ current investments by making collaboration better. Project Squared lets you grow your business with new partner services. It’s a new way for users to collaborate in the cloud, yet also gives IT the encrypted security they need to sleep at night, helping you bridge IT and line of business decision makers.

With Cisco leading the next generation of collaboration, there has never been a more exciting time to be in this market. And we are lucky to have great partners like you to deliver what’s next for our customers. For more information on this week’s news and partner selling tools, visit the Partner Launch website.


Richard McLeod

No Longer with Cisco