Cisco tackles 'post-PC era' with new mobile telepresence options

Cisco is preparing for the post-PC era by making its video conferencing solutions more mobile and virtual.

As the "post-PC" movement grows, Cisco is also looking to get away from a traditional desktop PC-centric model to promote a platform that is more virtual, visual, mobile and social.

Accomplishing all of those traits and goals is not going to be an easy task for any company, but that is really where anyone involved in collaboration solutions needs to be. Working from anywhere and everywhere (where Internet is available) is just becoming a standard requirement, especially as tablets and smartphones become more common in the workplace.

Thus, Cisco is doing this in part with a few new additions to its video portfolio as well as by extending its mobile collaboration experience. Two of Cisco's biggest announcements fall within its TelePresence and Jabber product lines.

First, Cisco has introduced the TelePresence TX9000, a three-screen room system that can seat up to six people, designed to provide an immersive experience that supports 1080p HD video along with advanced collaboration and content sharing capabilities.

Furthermore, the TX9000 is interoperable with every collaboration endpoint in the Cisco portfolio and any standards-based endpoint from other vendors. The system also includes integration of some of Cisco's more well-known conferencing solutions, such as WebEx.

The TX9000 is expected to start shipping during the second quarter of 2012, starting at $299,000.

On the mobile front, Cisco is bringing its unified communications platform Jabber to the iPad. However, the PC isn't being forgotten entirely as Cisco Jabber is also being optimized for Windows applications. Jabber is already available on the iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Mac OS X and the Cisco Cius.

To bring the new upgrades full circle, Cisco is expanding native integration between Jabber and TelePresence, enabling mobile users to be able to initiate and connect into a TelePresence session both on desktop and mobile devices.