Enterprise Networking: Cisco, Avaya, Others Push UC, Collaboration at Enterprise Connect
Unified communications and video conferencing took center stage at the Enterprise Connect 2012 show in Orlando, Fla., which kicked off the week of March 26, with a host of vendors offering a variety of ways to make collaboration easier, less costly and, well, more unified. Cisco Systems rolled out the latest TelePresence offering, but also more tightly integrated its Jabber UC platform into the mix. Avaya went to the cloud, while Polycom, Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft looked to combine their efforts to offer an integrated, best-of-breed solution. Vidyo unveiled a collaboration as a service strategy. However, one issue that was debated at the show was interoperability. The Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) was supposed to enable that, but some analysts said that most top vendors have been too focused on building out their own platforms, and less concerned about how they interoperate with others. But in this world of clouds and bring your own device (BYOD), interoperability will be key. Some companies, like Thrupoint, believe they have found the answer. Here, eWEEK looks at some product highlights from this year's Enterprise Connect.
The industry is moving into a post-PC world, according to Cisco Systems officials (and others). The networking giant is moving its collaboration portfolio in the same direction. At the show, Cisco said it's expanding the reach of its Jabber unified communications platform to Apple's iPad and Windows-based devices. It also introduced a newly designed TelePresence solution, the TX9000, which also offers greater integration with both Jabber and WebEx.