Cisco's upcoming Cius, an enterprise-focused tablet, is seeing software support from such vendors as Sybase, Lexmark and Spanlink. The Cius is due for release July 31.
much-anticipated Cius enterprise tablet is getting its share of support at this
week's Cisco Live event in Las Vegas.
is rolling out mobile-device security and application-management software
support designed to help developers build and deploy enterprise applications on
the Cius, which is expected to launch July 31 with a 7-inch model. In addition,
Lexmark is unveiling a mobile printing application for the device, Spanlink
Communications is introducing a mobile social media application and RBM
Technologies is debuting a visual retailing application.
All that comes
just weeks after Cisco officials announced AppHQ
, an application
store for the Cius that will feature commercial software offerings.
announced the Android-based Cius in June 2010. The device, which will come with
a price of about $750, will integrate a number of Cisco-branded products,
including TelePresence immersive video collaboration, WebEx online meeting
applications, Quad social software and Jabber messaging. The device is aimed at
business users, a key differentiator from the host of other tablets-including
Apple's iPad and Samsung's Galaxy Tab-which are more consumer-oriented,
although they, too, are finding their way into enterprises.
The Cius can
sit in a docking station or be used on the go, offers WiFi and broadband
connectivity, and will be managed by Cisco's Unified Communications Manager software.
Though Cisco will offer commercial applications through AppHQ, users also will
have access to the Android applications marketplace.
officials said their software support for the Cius follows similar support for
other mobile devices, including Android smartphones and tablets, Apple's
iPhones and iPads, Research In Motion's BlackBerry products, and devices
running Microsoft's Windows Mobile and Nokia's Symbian operating systems.
software supporting the Cius will include management and security offerings
from Afaria and the Sybase Unwired Platform. The support will offer Cius users
enterprise-grade management, security and collaboration capabilities.
ability to rapidly support the latest devices on our mobile enterprise
application platform and ensure they are enterprise-ready is unmatched in the
industry," Terry Stepien, president of Sybase iAnywhere, said in a
statement. "The Cisco Cius running on Sybase Unwired Platform will offer
customers a new class of highly collaborative and secure productivity apps,
which will continue advancing tablet adoption in the enterprise."
Mobile Print Application, which is also compatible with other Android-based
devices, will run on the Cius and will enable mobile users to print without the
business needing to add more servers, according to the printing company's
Lexmark Mobile Print Application allows enterprises to connect their mobile
tablets to their fleet in a way that adds value to both sets of devices-as well
as to the business processes that require these devices to work well
together," Marty Canning, Lexmark executive vice president and president
of imaging solutions and services, said in a statement.
developed Spanlink MobileMinder, a mobile application for Cisco's SocialMiner software
that was built
specifically for the Cius. SocialMiner, released last year by Cisco, enables
businesses to respond to customers who are communicating via social media
networks. The goal behind SocialMiner is to enable businesses to meet customer
demands and create greater customer loyalty by proactively addressing concerns.
Merchandising Manager application gives retailers a Web-based in-store tool to
better target customers with market-specific campaign planning at the store
Cisco's enterprise-focused AppHQ
store is a key differentiator for Cisco as it looks to separate the Cius from
the host of tablets out there, according to Yankee Group analyst Zeus
AppHQ different from the consumer app-based open-source Android Marketplace is
that AppHQ's applications will focus primarily on the enterprise market and
unique corporate mobile use cases (and not just tablet versions of corporate
applications)," Kerravala wrote in a June 29 blog post
after Cisco announced AppHQ. "For example, many AppHQ apps will be vertically
oriented, i.e., focused on medical, field service, campus workers and corporate
executives-and that will be a great differentiator for Cisco and allow the
company to stretch its lead over Microsoft and other competitors."