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Cisco launches new video collaboration range

Range includes new products, innovations and services

Cisco launches new video collaboration range
Cisco has unveiled a new range of products and services for telepresence and video collaboration.

Cisco has revealed a range of new products, innovations and services, designed to make Cisco TelePresence and video collaboration more affordable, simpler to manage under a common architecture, and more available through cloud services to its customers in the GCC region.

"We are in the midst of a market transition to the pervasive adoption of video. Video is quickly becoming as important to the enterprise as e-business was 15 years ago. Whether it's with Cisco TelePresence, Cisco WebEx or Cisco Unified Communications, we are making investments across our medianet video architecture to make it more accessible and easier to scale, delivering the best user experience possible. Our goal is to put people back in the centre of collaboration," said Wael Abdulal, collaboration manager, Cisco UAE.

The company also announced a complete desktop virtualisation system and solution made up of collaboration, borderless networking and data centre technologies from Cisco and an ecosystem of leading virtualisation vendors. 

According to Cisco, video communications traffic is likely to increase 10-fold from 2008 to 2013 and the company announced that all of Cisco's new enterprise collaboration endpoints will be video-enabled and all voice and video-enabled offerings will interoperate with Cisco Unified Communications Manager.

Cisco said that by using the Cisco Unified Communications Manager call-control and processing system, call-control infrastructure for voice and video packages into a single architecture, deployments are simplified and manageability is improved.

Cisco Unified Communications Manager uses one-button-to-push technology to make video calls. Endpoints, acquired through Tandberg, will now connect to Cisco Unified Communications Manager, starting with the Cisco IP Video Phone E20 this quarter.

Cisco has also introduced new endpoints for desktops and offices that extend Cisco TelePresence to a wider range of usersas well as to midrange businesses. These new endpoints are the Cisco TelePresence EX60 abd the Cisco TelePresence System 500 32-inch.

Cisco's new WebEx Meeting Centre with high quality video, is designed to allow meeting participants to see other participants in full-screen video mode. This will extend to mobile users through the Cisco Cius tablet  and the Apple iPad.

Cisco also introduced the Cisco TelePresence Exchange System, is designed to give service providers a turnkey packaged solution that can help them easily and cost effectively deploy telepresence services such as intercompany calling. According to Cisco, these capabilities, hosted in the partner's cloud, can help enable secure collaboration and conferencing services across network borders.

Cisco is also introducing a video channel initiative that aligns the Cisco and Tandberg partner communities into a single channel program. The TelePresence Video Authorised Technology Provider (ATP) designation has tiered specialisation levels for Express, Advanced and Masters-level partners.

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