Freedom of choice: Cisco extends its collaboration portfolio

New service opportunities for partners and customers – that’s where all the new additions to Cisco’s collaboration portfolio come from. The network giant offers comprehensive solutions for the public, private and hosted cloud.

More and more Cisco partners rely on the networked hosted collaboration solution (HCS). Since introducing HCS in early December 2011, 34 partners have found partners to offer collaboration services through the host architecture.

That’s why Cisco is now introducing numerous enhancements and enhancements to HCS. With these, service providers , system integrators and resellers should be able to offer their customers comprehensive As-a-Service models from the cloud .

Spontaneous meetings

Thanks to a new service option, partners will be able to offer their customers spontaneous telepresence meetings for which they do not have to make a reservation in advance. In addition, TelePresence Exchange (CTX) has now been integrated into the Hosted Collaboration Solution. This makes it easier for partners to manage both telepresence and video conferencing. There is no longer a separate infrastructure for each customer.

Furthermore, CTX offers the possibility to connect different locations and external employees at the same time. Thanks to the hosted model, customers only buy or lease the endpoint and the partner provides the backend.Companies with less than $ 1 billion in revenue put websites on cloud providers, and most IT workers in the cloud have many reasons to care. Most ISPs say they will not regulate traffic for small customers and they will not restrict access based on what you pay. Even the packet priority concept was raised as a concern because it could scale in favor of the preferred business, although ISPs did not make the move in that direction either.

Also, innovations that Cisco introduced this year for its UC environment will be integrated into HCS. This includes, for example, the integration of third-party telephones and Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC). FMC refers to the connection of fixed and mobile networks, so that employees can be reached regardless of location, access network and the available terminal.

Webex goes private

But not only for its hosted solution, but also for Web conferencing via Webex Cisco has come up with something new. In the future, thanks to the new Webex Meeting Server, which will be available in the fourth quarter, web conferencing can also be held in a private cloud. 

So, who’s right? Who wrong? And how does this affect business use for the cloud?

First, if you are a company with more than $ 1 billion in revenue, the end of real neutrality may not affect you. You usually have cooperative agreements, deals with limited Internet service providers, or remove any regulators they can. Businesses that use cloud providers more specifically than others can typically receive dedicated lines installed from the enterprise to the cloud provider’s data center. That ignores the effects of net neutralization completely.

So far, Webex meetings have taken place exclusively in the public cloud – and with great success. The number of registered users increased year-on-year by 30 percent to over 6.8 million.

The growth rate at the actual meetings, which have a growth rate of 38 percent, is similarly high. More and more users are also downloading the service on mobile devices – a total of around 2.7 million.