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CISCO or MICROSOFT

Posted by Mino on March 4, 2009

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https://blogs.pointbridge.com/Blogs/mcgillen_matt/Pages/Post.aspx?_ID=60

There’s a showdown brewing between Microsoft and Cisco in the UC space. Both companies offer a lot of different products, some overlap and some don’t. I made a chart below to show where the products that do overlap stack up.

If you believe that the future is based on a software-powered universe, you’d have to put your money on Microsoft

Feature  Cisco Product  Microsoft Product 
Telephony / Call Control  Unified Communications Mgr.  OCS 2007 R2 
A/V Conferencing  MeetingPlace / MeetingPlace Express
Web Conferencing  WebEx / MeetingPlace
Presence / IM  Cisco Unified Presences (CUPS) 
IVR / Speech Applications  Cisco IPIVR / IPCCX
Softphone  IP Communicator 
Video Calling  Unified Voice (formerly VT Advantage)
Voice Mail  Unity / Unity Connections  Exchange 2007 

One of the other major things MS has going for them is price. It’s not fair to Cisco to tally up all the licenses in the table above and compare it to an OCS ECAL per user, although that’s how you had to buy those products until recently. They’ve taken another cue from MS and unified the licensing.

Cisco have changed the licensing structure so customers can buy the above products in a unified bundle (CUWL) per user, so the pricing is much easier to swallow. Here’s how this breaks down:

Features  Cisco CUWL Pricing  Microsoft ECAL Pricing 
Voice, Presence, AV, Etc 

$425  

$204 

VoiceMail 

– 

$36 

Required Maintenance*

$125 

– 

Total (MSRP)

$550 

$240 

*CUWL requires 3 years of maintenance @ $125 a year

This is all list price and subject to great variance

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New services in front end server of OCS 2007 R2

Posted by Mino on February 4, 2009

I will be posting in details about those features which we have tested in the LAB here, including details about the CRM integration. The below are just a summary for the new stuff.

Office Communications Server 2007 R2 front end server also includes the Application server.

The OCS 2007 R2 Application Server has following services:

·         Conferencing Attendant

·         Conferencing Announcement Service

·         Outside Voice Control

·         Response Group Service

Following services are still installed on the R2 version of OCS 2007.

·         Front End Service

·         IM Conferencing Service

·         Telephony Conferencing Service

Additionally OCS 2007 R2 Front End server installs the following service.

·         QoE agent service

 

Note: OCS 2007 R2 is now available in 64 bits. It’s not available in 32 bits. With OCS 2007 R2, we can install Communicator Web Access 2007 R2 can be installed on the OCS 2007 R2 Front End Server.

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