Cisco, AT&T Alliance Aims at Business Collaboration
The carrier next month will begin offering a conferencing service for businesses based on Cisco's CMR Cloud solution, which includes WebEx products.Cisco Systems officials spent much of the week quickly ramping up the company's collaboration abilities, unveiling everything from a new mobile app designed to make it easier in these days of greater worker mobility for workers to meet to a new room-based TelePresence system that is powerful yet energy-efficient. Another move Cisco made was partnering with carrier AT&T to bring a cloud-based collaboration service that gives business users an avenue for connecting with colleagues, partners or customers wherever they are and on whatever device they're using, from smartphones and tablets to notebooks and desktop PCs. The collaboration service from AT&T, which is scheduled to be available from the service provider next month, will leverage Cisco's Collaboration Meeting Rooms (CMR) Cloud, which is a video collaboration service that combines WebEx Personal Rooms and the cloud-based WebEx Video Bridge to create a single meeting solution. The goal of the CMR Cloud is to give users an always-on, secure and highly scalable Cisco-based conferencing platform, according to officials. The service—AT&T Conferencing with Cisco CMR Cloud—integrates video, audio and Web conferencing technologies into a single solution through which users can virtually meet and share content, according to AT&T officials.
The new service dovetails with the larger trends in the collaboration space toward software and cloud offerings, according to Abhi Ingle, senior vice president of big data and advanced solutions at AT&T.