“Cisco steps on UCS server gas” (ZDNet)
“Why a Red Hat-Cisco partnership is big news in tech” (Triangle Business Journal)
“Modular Servers, UCS Mini And More: Cisco Makes Biggest Refresh To UCS Line In Years” (CRN)
The internet is positively buzzing with news around the next wave of Unified Computing innovations launched Sept.4th, and these are just a few examples.
Highlights include innovation in three key areas:
Data-Intensive Computing and Core Data Center Applications
WebEx is the Cloud offering from Cisco providing Easy online Meetings and secured shared workspace. WebEx is extremely reliable and highly scalable with more than 1 million meetings happening every day !
As of August 29th, 2014, WebEx T29.8 will be released globally! In this release you will find several new and improved enhancements designed to help make every meeting more productive and effective on any device.
As promised Cisco Jabber for iOS 10.5 and Cisco Jabber for Android 10.5 are now available respectively on Apple Store and Googe Play Store.
For those who don’t know yet this great app, Cisco Jabber is a collaboration application that provides presence, instant messaging (IM), voice, voice messaging, and video calling capabilities on Smartphone devices. You can also Escalate your Jabber conversations into multi-party conferencing with Cisco WebEx® Meetings.
This new release gives number of enhancements and capabilities :
New Visual Design
Cisco Jabber for Android offers a new and modern design to align with the visual identity of Cisco’s Collaboration portfolio and to improve user experience. New design changes improve ease of use, such as audio output device switching, application notifications, and tab management.
Today Video Collaboration is no longer reserved for CxO level. Watch John Chambers and Rowan Trollope sharing how they plan to make video collaboration available to everyone. Discover how innovation could increase companies productivity by 5-10% per year.
Few years ago we used to carry around a bunch of devices including a mobile phone, a digital camera, a GPS, an iPod, a Palm Pilot, etc.. and each of those devices were really useful and amazing at that time.
Today we don’t carry those devices anymore ! because we have something in the pocket called an iPhone or an Android that replaced all other stuff. The smartphone has a much better experience and really transformed the world we are living in and the technology landscape.
At Cisco we are very focused on the workplace, and looking at the consumer space we thought there is something interesting to do from an innovation perspective.
Inspire Innovation through Collaboration by building a new Workplace empowered by visual communications from the web browser to the boardroom.
The Project Workplace tool will help you to setup or imagine collaborative quiet rooms, meeting or briefing rooms, and even immersive rooms. This will give you a good idea how meeting spaces can utilised and the value you can get out of your investment.
Cisco Jabber for Windows is the first client available from the Jabber 10.5 release.
The first thing you will notice in this release is the new visual design. The development team has done a incredible work in making Jabber even more sexy than before. You will find this new design in every 10.5 Jabber clients coming in the next few days/weeks.
Jabber for Windows 10.5 includes the following new features and enhancements :
New Visual Design
The new sexy and consistant User Experience accross any device.
Single Sign On (SSO)
By enabling SAML SSO, you can now reduces password fatigue by removing the need for entering different user name and password combinations. You will a well known Identity Provider integrated with your directory in the back-end. SAML SSO feature has been tested with the following IdPs: ADFS 2.0, OpenAM 9.5 and 10.0, and PingFederate 188.8.131.52.
While PI (Prime Infrastructure) provides a lot of flexible options to deploy configuration templates, or to report information about your devices, you may want to tune it up in a way which is not possible yet, even with the latest version (see Seppi’s post about PI 2.1).
Why should you wait for the next development milestone?
Application API gives the opportunity to interact with PI in a robust and efficient manner, allowing the addition of reporting and configuring capabilities to the platform :
Access to device related information, such as physical and logical details, but also credentials, alarms and events.
Report access, where you can trigger and collect result of any report defined in the system.
Template configuration access, to manage, and deploy CLI templates.