Cisco Apps for the iPhone and iPad

Lots of cool apps for your iPhone and iPad

Cisco has been embracing Apple's mobile devices this year. Cisco has released all sorts of different applications designed to run on the Apple iPhone and iPad. Everything from SSLVPN clients to full featured softphone apps have hit the app store with more sure to come. Here is a quick look at the different apps Cisco is offering, all of which are FREE by the way. Very nice! • Cisco AnyConnect – SSLVPN client that works with Cisco's ASA or IOS VPN headend devices. This app allows you to connect via an encrypted tunnel back to your corporate environment. It works on any Apple iOS 4.1 or 4.2 device. Once 4.2 is released it will be supported on the iPad.

Here is a look at the major features listed: - Automatically adapts its tunneling to the most efficient method possible based on network constraints, using TLS and DTLS - DTLS provides an optimized connection for TCP-based application access and latency-sensitive traffic, such as VoIP traffic - Network roaming capability allows connectivity to resume seamlessly after IP address change, loss of connectivity, or device standby - Wide Range of Authentication Options: RADIUS, RSA SecurID, Active Directory/Kerberos, Digital Certificates, LDAP, multifactor authentication - Supports certificate deployment using Apple iOS and AnyConnect integrated SCEP - Compatible with Apple iOS Connect On Demand VPN capability for automatic VPN connections when required by an application - Policies can be preconfigured or configured locally, and can be automatically updated from the VPN headend - Access to internal IPv4 and IPv6 network resources - Administrator-controlled split / full tunneling network access policy • Cisco Global Internet Speed Test – This piece of software allows you to test your network speed over either Wi-Fi or 3G/Edge. It will then show you your previous test results and compare your results with others just like does. It has a map view that shows you the speeds other iPhones around you are getting as well. It works on any Apple iOS device with 3.x or later code. Good app to whip out when you think you are having a slow network connection.

• Cisco WebEx Meeting Center – This app rocks and I use it almost daily. It allows you to join a WebEx meeting and see any shared content, chat with others, see who is speaking and who has joined the meeting, you can even pass the ball to make someone else the presenter. You can have webex call your cell number and multi-tasking is supported as well. You can even schedule WebEx meetings via the app.

• Cisco Mobile 8 – This app works with a corporate Unified Communication Manager to give you a full featured IP softphone experience. This includes the ability to place, receive and manage voice calls. It is like a corporate version of the popular Skype app. The app can only make calls using wi-fi but does have a hand-off mechanism to transfer the call to your normal iPhone. You can even bring up your iPhone VPN back to corporate then fire up Mobile 8 to make calls.

• Cisco Unified Mobile Communicator - This app is similar to the Mobile 8 app but has some more features. It supports making voice calls, getting visual voicemails, joining meetings, and single number reach. A cool feature called mobile privacy lets you make calls in your iPhone but have them appear like they came from your desk phone. You can receive calls in the same way as well.

• Cisco Mobile Supervisor – This app works as an extension of the Cisco Supervisor Desktop software that is part of the Cisco Unified Contact Center Express software. It allows contact center supervisors to view agent status, call queues and change agent status. You can even setup alerts for calls in queue exceeds. Now supervisors don't have to be tied to their desk PC anymore.

• Cisco – This general application provides you with several Cisco specific tasks all bundled up in a single pane of glass. The Cisco application for iPhone allows you to: - Get the latest news and promotional offers. - Find events and Cisco partners in your area. - Search for content. - Play our latest videos or podcasts. - Receive current security alerts, advisories and responses. - Find a local phone number for Cisco support. - Save search results on your iPhone.

• Cisco SIO To Go - This security focused app allows you to receive threat outbreak alerts, Cisco security podcasts and blogs, Cisco product press releases and risk reports. Another cool feature is the ability to lookup the reputation score (IP address credit score) of any URL or IP address. It even tells you the reputation of the top traffic sites on the Internet.

• Cisco M-Learning Viewer – Offers a bunch of video learning content for the Cisco CCNA and CCENT topic areas. Some topic examples are OSI Model, Routing Essentials and TCP/IP Architecture. The app is free but the content is $4.99 per module. You can also purchase flash cards for testing yourself.

• Cisco Events – The apps name doesn't really describe the app IMHO. This app is a social networking app that lets you check-in your location and share it with others in your network. You can right reviews of the place your at and find out where your network of friends are currently checked-in. The Locals button shows you all those people that are near you. This would be useful during conferences like networkers or blackhat (if you are ok with people tracking you that is ☺)

So what apps would you like to see in the app store from Cisco? I'd like to see a mobile Cisco Security Manager App myself. For more info on any of the above apps check out the apple app store.

The opinions and information presented here are my PERSONAL views and not those of my employer. I am in no way an official spokesperson for my employer.

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