Cisco targets SMBs with telepresence and Business Edition offers
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Cisco has introduced new and expanded telepresence offerings along with innovations to its Business Edition portfolio that are targeted to enhance Cisco solutions for midsize organizations.

With Cisco's latest telepresence offer, small and midsize business can purchase or lease multipurpose and personal endpoints and connect those endpoints to a hosted service called Cisco TelePresence Callway. This hosted service is designed to reduce complexity and costs which have been hurdles to smaller businesses. It is supported as part of the Cisco Collaboration Cloud which is managed by Cisco and sold through Cisco Authorized Partners.

Callway subscriptions start at $99 per month and include unlimited calls to any TelePresence endpoint as well as to any standards-based video device from third parties over the Internet. Multi-party bridging capabilities for up to 12 participants are also available. Callway is commercially available in the United States.

Cisco has also introduced changes to the Cisco Business Edition 3000 and the Cisco Business Edition 6000 (formerly known as the Cisco Unified Communications Manager Business Edition 3000 and 6000 respectively). These upgrades are designed to give midsize customers attractively priced access to unified communications and collaboration features.

The Cisco Business Edition 3000 is designed for companies with 75 to 200 users. Among the new features:

  • Reduced costs and increased flexibility with integration of key features such as SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) trunking and the Cisco WebEx Web conferencing solution.
  • Video collaboration, enabling video calls using Cisco Unified IP Phones 8941 and 8945.

The Cisco Business Edition 6000 targets companies with 150 to 750 users. New features include:

  • Reduced complexity by integrating cloud-based offers with integrated Cisco WebEx Meeting Center and Cisco Jabber for IM and presence into the Cisco Business Edition 6000. It saves money and reduces management complexity.
  • Embedded virtualization software for system applications ranging from voice messaging to call control.

Customer pricing for the Cisco Business Edition 3000 starts at $100 per user for a 100-user system; for the Cisco Business Edition 6000 pricing starts at $158 per user for a 225-user system.

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