Desktops and Notebooks: Cisco Cius, AppHQ Online Storefront Make Enterprise Play
Cisco Systems is entering the tablet market in a big way with the enterprise-centric Cius, a 7-inch tablet that runs Android 2.2 and integrates into its user interface a number of Cisco products such as Cisco TelePresence, Cisco WebEx meeting applications, Cisco Quad social software and Cisco Jabber messaging. The emphasis here is on video conferencing and social collaboration between colleagues. The device can dock with an office phone and display content on large screens, making it useful for meetings and presentations. While the device itself feels thicker and somewhat heavier than other tablets on the market, Cisco claims that the extra thickness is necessary for high-quality audio and a removable battery. In addition to the hardware, Cisco will allow businesses to host their own private application store via the AppHQ storefront, which offers a wide selection of enterprise-centric applications and complements Android Marketplace. Businesses will also have the ability to set up private application stores, customizable down to corporate logos and icons. In keeping with standards of enterprise security, IT managers will have control over which employees within an organization can download applications, and grant access to those applications based on type, source and category. Every application within the AppHQ storefront will undergo validation testing. The Cius is scheduled for a July 31 global release, with an estimated price point below $750.