During its UAE Expo, Cisco has unveiled the next phase of its Virtualization Experience Infrastructure (VXI), an IT system that was designed to simplify desktop virtualization and bring voice and video to the virtual work-space.
Cisco VXI is designed to help enterprises to take advantage of the financial, data security and workforce flexibility benefits offered by desktop virtualization, with the ability to integrate rich media and video collaboration capabilities to create next generation workspaces.
With this announcement, Cisco is also unveiling the next generation of Cisco WebEx and is extending cloud conferencing to more people with a new free basic edition of WebEx designed for three people or less.
From HD video advancements and enhanced mobile capabilities that enable all new ways to engage prior, during and after a meeting, Cisco WebEx is helping to change the meeting experience.
The advancements Cisco is introducing today —from Cisco WebEx Connect to Cisco Jabber — can change how people meet utilizing expanded on-premise and cloud-based services, and can give workers an easy way to collaborate directly from any device, driving new levels of business productivity and competitiveness.
Cisco is also transforming the workspace by dramatically changing how people collaborate from Web applications they use every day, like SAP Streamwork, Cisco Quad or Google Apps. Today, whether mobile or at their desks, people find themselves having to open and utilize a variety of collaboration applications just to communicate on their own terms– whether that’s via instant message (IM), voice, or video. Cisco is making collaboration much easier by advancing Cisco Jabber with a freely downloadable Web browser plug-in that will help extend collaboration to tens of millions of people that use web browsers on Windows- or Mac-based OS devices.
“We’ve listened to our customers and significantly advanced Jabber and WebEx to enable seamless experiences on a range of devices and platforms, whether on premises or in the cloud. This approach further accelerates our strategic goal of enabling “any-to-any” collaboration while also making it easier than ever to collaborate with people inside or outside of an organization. In a post-PC era, businesses need ways to extend mobile, social, video and virtual collaboration on any mobile phone, Virtual Desktop, tablet or Internet-connected device. We are bringing that to life today,” said Wael Abdulal, collaboration manager for UAE.
Utilising its expertise in Unified Communications, Cisco has also announced endpoints that are designed to enable high-quality voice and video in virtual desktop environments. Additionally, Cisco announced a broad strategic alliance agreement with Citrix and VMware.
The agreement is aimed at delivering solutions that help enterprises cost effectively deploy virtual desktops to PCs, Macs, smartphones, tablets and thin clients, combining Cisco leadership in networking, datacenter, endpoint devices and collaboration, with Citrix and VMware leadership in virtualisation and the delivery of desktops, applications and data.
This agreement is also designed to enable the delivery of data centre solutions that make it easier for organizations to deploy the infrastructure required to deliver IT as a service across multiple networks and geographies.
More Notes about Cisco WebEx
Cisco WebEx is a Cisco company that provides on-demand collaboration, online meeting, web conferencing and videoconferencing applications. Its products include Meeting Center, Training Center, Event Center, Support Center, Sales Center, MeetMeNow, PCNow, WebEx AIM Pro Business Edition, WebEx WebOffice, and WebEx Connect.
WebEx is a web-based service, so you can use it from any computer (Windows, Mac, Linux, or Solaris) – as well as your iPhone, BlackBerry, or any other Wi-Fi or 3G-enabled mobile device. There’s no complicated installation. Just log into your WebEx account to start or schedule a session. Participants don’t need to be WebEx subscribers to join you online.
Who use Cisco WebEx? All WebEx applications are built on the MediaTone platform and supported by the WebEx MediaTone Network (originally called the WebEx interactive network), a global network intended for use with on-demand programs.
A suite of applications designed for business processes such as sales, support, training and marketing processes:
WebEx Meeting Center – recreates face-to-face meetings with real-time data, application-, voice- and video-sharing capabilities.
WebEx Sales Center – features automatic attention notification to alert sales professionals when they are losing a prospect’s attention, branded prospect portals providing a secure location to share information, and real-time sales analytics and reporting.
WebEx Training Center – provides facilities for trainers, including breakout-session support and learner testing, tracking and reporting. In 2010 an on-demand LMS module was added , a component of the overall E-learning Suite
WebEx Support Center – allows support agents to identify, resolve and track customer issues within a secure, online support session.
WebEx Event Center – intended for web seminars and events; WebEx Event Center includes automated lead-scoring, email-invitation management and an event-producer dashboard
WebEx LiveStream – intended for large events (100 – 200,000 attendees) that require onsite production, TV-quality video, voice, and powerpoint.
WebEx Consulting Services – expert teams can provide education, content, and delivery related to building online sales teams, universities, marketing programs, etc.
WebEx WebOffice – an on-demand collaboration suite designed for small businesses, with a document manager, group calendar, database manager, task manager and other collaborative business tools.
Meet Me Now, PC Now and QB Remote Access
- MeetMeNow – a lightweight web meeting application for individuals, allowing them to conduct unlimited instant meetings with up to 15 attendees. Does not include custom-branded site.
- PCNow – allowing users to securely access remote computers by using a mobile phone or web browser.
- QB Remote Acess – allowing users to securely access QuickBooks Application from anywhere.
How to use Cisco WebEx? Some demos help you know how to use WebEx from your PC as well as your iPhone, BlackBerry, or any other Wi-Fi or 3G-enabled mobile device.
NOTE: More details of Cisco WebEx you can visit its official website: http://www.webex.com/