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Collaboration Craze: 6 New Products Cisco Says Will Push The Envelope

Cisco this week made a number of updates to its collaboration portfolio, ranging from new TelePresence systems to a new platform that can synch information across users' mobile and business devices.

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Cisco Expressway

In one of several mobility-focused announcements this week, Cisco launched Cisco Expressway, a next-generation gateway that lets users tap into Cisco collaboration applications like Jabber or TelePresence directly from their mobile devices, without the need for device-level registration or even an account password.

"From an end-user perspective, the real breakthrough that we are talking about with this announcement is the ability for them to join in from outside [the organization] without having to launch an additional VPN client," said Chris Wiborg, director, Collaboration Portfolio Marketing. "Today, the experience for somebody using the full Jabber solution, for example, on their cell phone would be that they have to fire up something like AnyConnect to make the connection. We've made it simpler by eliminating the need for that VPN."

Instead, Wiborg said, security is handled at the application layer via Transport Layer Security, the same technology that's widely used to secure e-commerce transactions.

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