New From Cisco: CMBE 3000

by Dave Michels

At Enterprise Connect 2011, Cisco announced a new phone system called the Unified Communications Manager Business Edition 3000 with planned availability later this year. The product is aimed at the mid market – organizations that need up to 48 trunks. Cisco has some rich UC solutions for larger organizations, even smaller organizations – but the mid market had been largely neglected by Cisco.

In a nutshell, the Cisco 3000 is: Cisco3000

  1. A VoIP “foundational UC” no frills product – simplified telephony.
  2. All in One (gateway, voice mail, call manager)
  3. Low cost (LOW)
  4. Channel Ready

My colleague, Blair Pleasant, and I had the opportunity to meet with Cisco and review the Mier Consulting lab results prior to its release. We believe this product will impact the market in several ways.

Our findings are published at Focus and can be downloaded for free here (registration required).