Verizon to Use Cisco UC&C for cloud-based service trial

* The platform is designed to be run from partner data centers, and it is optimized for delivery by the Cisco UCS

Verizon Business has announced it will become the first U.S.-based global service provider to deliver the Cisco unified communications and collaboration applications as a service, beginning with field trials of the new Cisco Hosted Collaboration Solution. The Cisco UC&C solution was announced in June at the CiscoLive! networking event held in Las Vegas; it is targeted to offer Cisco service provider and integrator partners with a wide range of Cisco collaboration applications to their customers via the cloud.

Verizon Business has announced it will become the first U.S.-based global service provider to deliver the Cisco unified communications and collaboration applications as a service, beginning with field trials of the new Cisco Hosted Collaboration Solution. The Cisco UC&C solution was announced in June at the CiscoLive! networking event held in Las Vegas; it is targeted to offer Cisco service provider and integrator partners with a wide range of Cisco collaboration applications to their customers via the cloud. 

The two-month trial will start this month, and is designed to show how participants can use UC&C across the enterprise. Trial participants include a multinational auto manufacturer, a women's fashion retailer and a state government agency. Participating organizations can activate employee subscriptions to some or all of the available UC&C services as needed on a per-user basis. Since the solution is cloud-based, organizations will not need to purchase additional computer hardware or software to use the service.

Commenting on the trial in a statement, Anthony Recine, vice president of networking and communications solutions for Verizon Business, said, "Our customers are eager to put cloud-based unified communications to the test. [The field trial] is the latest initiative of Verizon Business' continuing effort to lead the industry toward delivering 'everything-as-a-service' to our customers worldwide."

According to Cisco's statements the platform is designed to be run from partner data centers, and it is optimized for delivery by the Cisco Unified Computing System, part of the Cisco Unified Service Delivery solution. The virtualized solution features a variety of collaboration applications including: Cisco Unified Communications Manager, Cisco Unified Contact Center, Cisco Unified Mobility, Cisco Unified Presence, Cisco Unity Connection, and Cisco WebEx Meeting Center (hosted by Cisco). Cisco will continue adding other collaboration applications in the future.

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