Cisco Debuts Host of Video Collaboration Offerings
Cisco has launched a barrage of video collaboration improvements and new technologies, and if you’re into TelePresence and video ubiquity, you may just be in heaven (if you love Cisco) …
The big news is that Cisco has unleashed new video offerings that can make “anyone a video producer,” according to the company. Using the new technologies, which include Cisco TelePresence Content Server 5.0, users can record and share videos across Cisco TelePresence or other endpoints with just a few clicks of a mouse.
The scope of the announcement is huge, with numerous new technologies and upgrades to existing solutions, but here are a few highlights:
- A new 47-inch Cisco TelePresence endpoint, designed for “immersive communications” for small offices or conference rooms, which comes with a 12-inch touch screen for interfacing and collaboration.
- A new user interface for Cisco TelePresence endpoints including “one-button-to-push technology and a rich touch-screen feature set.”
- Cisco IP phones with built-in cameras.
- Cisco MXE 3500 (Media Experience Engine), a network appliance that provides the technology to discover, connect, record, enrich and deliver video.
While all these new features impressive and even fun, but it may be too much for some enterprises to swallow. It’s a small group that needs this much power or deploys such widescale video collaborations. More importantly, as video collaboration becomes more popular, will free, ubiquitous software like Skype win out in the end, even in the enterprise?