LOS ANGELES: Cisco has unveiled a new collaboration platform aimed at businesses with 25 to 150 users.
The BE6000S is a modified version of the BE6000 platform, launched in 2012, and is aimed at meeting the needs of smaller companies in the mid-market. Cisco unveiled the tool at its Collaboration Live summit, attended by V3.
The BE6000S is hosted on a Cisco 2921 Integrated Service Router and offers five key Cisco collaboration tools: Communications Manager, Messaging, Presence, Paging and Prime.
This compares with nine tools on the BE6000. It also has built-in wireless and routing capabilities.
Thomas Wyatt, vice president of Cisco’s Collaboration Infrastructure Technology Group, said the company had identified a need to further scale down its portfolio of collaboration tools as more firms look to embrace these services.
“With the BE6000 we had strength in the 50-500 user space, but for smaller firms we needed a more entry level product, but one that can scale as they grow,” he said.
He added that Cisco had designed the platform to scale up over time too, so that if a company exceeds the limit of 125 users, the hardware investment can be upgraded to host the BE6000.
The BE6000S will be made available globally throughout 2015, initially in the US and Canada. It will be available entirely through the company’s partner distribution channel.
The tool will have a list price of around $10,900, although this may change based on channel partner offerings.
The unveiling followed other new tools revealed by Cisco at its annual event, including the Project Squared collaboration app designed to boost productivity, as well as the high-end IX5000 telepresence system.
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