Cisco offers software-only licensing for its unified communications manager

Licensing changes are intended to accommodate mobile workforce

Cisco Systems announced this week changes to its unified communications licensing scheme intended to accommodate an increasingly mobile workforce.

Among the changes, Cisco is now offering software-only licensing. Prior to this change, getting Cisco unified communications meant acquiring a license and a Cisco phone, said Roberto De La Mora, Cisco's senior director of unified communications platforms.

With software-only licensing, Cisco's unified communications offerings can be managed and deployed as a software platform, enabling the choice of a PC, tablet, or smartphone as the main communication and collaboration tool, De La Mora explained in a blog post.

Cisco is also providing an enterprise licensing manager (ELM) application to all new unified communications customers. With ELM, customers can move, change, and remove existing licenses and order new ones, while monitoring user requirements.

The company is also simplifying the structure of its license offerings and putting more collaboration tools into each offering: Standard for mainstream information workers; Enhanced/Enhanced+ for mobile workers; and Professional for advanced users.

"Cisco understands that the way people work is changing, and the collaboration tools they may need are changing as well. With today's announcement, Cisco is adding to their offerings, and ensuring that Cisco's customers to have access to the right tool for the job," De La Mora concluded.

For more:
- check out the blog post

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