Cisco Takes SaaS to Enterprise, Launches Collaboration Cloud

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Cisco Systems Inc. (CSCO) has unveiled a new SaaS architecture and enhancements to its SaaS-based Cisco WebEx collaborative applications. Cisco is now extending the cloud into the enterprise network infrastructure through the secure and scalable Cisco WebEx Collaboration Cloud and the Cisco ASR 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers.

Cisco WebEx Collaboration Cloud for SaaS utilizes intelligent routing based on location, bandwidth and availability to provide global load balancing, and seamless global backup for data, audio and video for collaborative applications including conferencing, instant messaging and team spaces. Using eight Cisco-powered global datacenters, and offering greater than 99.99 percent uptime with a multilayered security model, the Collaboration Cloud hosts more than 200,000 WebEx meetings every day, including CiscoWebEx Connect collaboration sessions.

New releases of Cisco WebEx SaaS meeting applications were announced today. Upgrades to CiscoWebEx Meeting Center, Cisco WebEx Training Center, Cisco WebEx Event Center and CiscoWebEx Support Center, are delivered through the Cisco WebEx Collaboration Cloud. The applications support new features for e-training, virtual events, and remote support as well as an enhanced user experience, expanded device support and expanded global reach.

The new Cisco WebEx Node for ASR 1000 Series, based on the Cisco ASR 1000 Series aggregation services routing platforms, was also announced today. The WebEx Node for ASR 1000 allows the edge router to act as a point of presence (PoP) within an enterprise network for meeting attendees on that network. This reduces bandwidth requirements, enhances video and VoIP performance, while utilizing the global load balancing and availability features of the WebEx Collaboration Cloud to help ensure optimal performance for customers within the enterprise network.

Cisco also announced five new additions to its comprehensive security portfolio that bolster the fundamental components of a network security infrastructure, and it introduced cloud-based security-as-a-service to help enable businesses to collaborate with greater confidence as their employees become increasingly mobile and interactive. The additions included Cisco Security Cloud Services; Cisco IPS Sensor Software Version 7.0; Cisco ASA 5500 Series 8.2 Software with Botnet Traffic Filter and Remote Access and VPN Enhancements; Cisco SAFE; and Cisco Information Technology Governance, Risk Management and Compliance Security Assessment Services.

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