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Cisco Envisions Video Collaboration Anywhere, Anytime

March 19, 2013

To get the latest on Cisco Systems’ plans for unified communications and collaboration (UC&C), TMC executive editor Paula Bernier met Cisco’s solutions architect Akhil Behl at last Month’s ITEXPO in Miami, Fla.

Responsible for leading Cisco’s Collaboration and Security portfolio from professional services perspective, Behl told the executive editor that Cisco was taking UC&C to new levels with Jabber, a unified communications application that brings together presence, instant messaging (IM), voice and video, voice messaging, desktop sharing and conferencing into a single consistent experience across PCs, Macs, tablets and smartphones.

Highlighting Cisco’s presence in the on- and off-premises cloud businesses, the Cisco executive also talked about the company’s hosted contact center solution, as well as Video-as-a-Service. In fact, to further drive video collaboration in the enterprise, the company has announced new innovations in software to give customers new ways to manage and cost-effectively scale video and increase business-to-business (B2B) communications.

To that end, Cisco is using software to integrate two market-leading platforms, TelePresence and WebEx, in a way that was previously impossible. As a result, according to Cisco, on-premises customers can now extend a meeting invitation to any user outside their organization, to participate in TelePresence and WebEx meetings through their browser. 

See Bernier’s whole interview with the specialist above.

This new ability extends the reach of TelePresence meetings to external users through a single WebEx link, providing new options for B2B communications in the enterprise, said Cisco. Additionally, through a single interface, users can now schedule a combined TelePresence and WebEx meeting and share video and content to any device, including third-party video endpoints, mobile phones and tablets.

Meanwhile, to significantly reduce space and power requirements – relative to the alternative transceiver form factors, such as CFP – Cisco has revealed the industry’s most compact and power-efficient 100 gigabits per second (100 G) transceiver technology.  The breakthrough transceiver, Cisco CPAK, will initially be available on the Cisco ONS 15454 MSTP 100G coherent transponder.

Future routing and switching line cards will also incorporate CPAK technology, powered by Cisco’s nLight silicon.

Edited by Braden Becker

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