Verizon Announces Cloud Based Field Trial for Cisco US&C Solution
July 06, 2010
Cisco used the platform of CiscoLive to launch its UC&C solution in June and Verizon Business has just announced that it is going to deliver the Cisco unified communications and collaboration applications as a service.
Verizon Business, the first U.S.-based global service provider to deliver Cisco UC&C services, is going to start field trials of the new Cisco Hosted Collaboration Solution shortly. The Cisco UC&C solution which was announced at the premier networking event held in Las Vegas, is targeted at the Cisco service provider and integrator partners. The solution will enable the Cisco partners and service providers to offer a wide range of Cisco collaboration applications to their customers via the cloud.
According to Cisco's statements the Cisco UC&C platform is designed to be run from partner data centers, and it is optimized for delivery by the Cisco Unified Computing System, part of the Cisco Unified Service Delivery solution.
The virtualized solution features a variety of collaboration applications including: Cisco Unified Communications Manager, Cisco Unified Contact Center, Cisco Unified Mobility, Cisco Unified Presence, Cisco Unity Connection, and Cisco WebEx Meeting Center (hosted by Cisco). Cisco will continue adding other collaboration applications in the future.
In a recent press release, Verizon has announced that the two-month trial will start this month, and is designed to show how participants can use UC&C across the enterprise. Trial is going to be held across the industries. The company informed that participants include a multinational auto manufacturer, a women's fashion retailer and a state government agency.
The applications reside in the cloud, or network. It allows participating organizations to activate employee subscriptions to some or all of the available UC&C services as needed on a per-user basis. Since the solution is cloud-based, organizations will not need to purchase additional computer hardware or software to use the service.
Verizon's latest initiatives involve offering 'everything-as-a-service' to its global customers.
"Our customers are eager to put cloud-based unified communications to the test. [The field trial] is the latest initiative of Verizon Business' continuing effort to lead the industry toward delivering 'everything-as-a-service' to our customers worldwide," said Anthony Recine, vice president of networking and communications solutions for Verizon Business, in a statement.
According to Verizon Business, the field trial will help organizations in quickly adopting unified communications and improve performance.
Madhubanti Rudra is a contributing editor for unified communications. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by Alice Straight