Wilson Samuel Thu, 08/13/2009 - 04:12
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If I'm not wrong, the UC version 7 (i.e. CUCM, CUCX, Unity, IPCC or CUCC et al) was to bring all the different versions to the same train (version 7.0) and I do lookforward for atleast next 2 - 5 years to have all of them move on version 7.x (e.g. CUCM 7.1) unless something dramatically changes, I hope they wont come up with version 8.x and Cisco 6500 Switch is one of the best examples of this!


By the way, for any customer, the any new version (7.x to 8.x) would mean a complete overhaul (atleast psychologically/marketing wise) and we are just coming out from a major recession across the globe, so IMHO, if CSCO comes up with a new version train then it will position negetively among customers and the support giuys like me (who have spent some good time bringing up to 7.0 from 5.x)


Hope thats not too cumbersome, however its my 2 cents, wonder what does Cisco has to say about it.


Any comments, almamater?


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PS: Please rate if you even had enjoyed reading through all my lines :-)

Rob Huffman Thu, 08/13/2009 - 04:43
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Hi Wilson/Alexander,


I did enjoy reading your post Wilson (+5 points for this good work!)


The release of the Unified Communications 8.x is likely to happen in the 1st quarter of 2010. The EFT (Early Field Trials) for 8.x are starting up as we speak and they usually run 3-4 months. Once they are complete you can expect the FCS (First Customer Ship) of this new train. have a look at Laura's recent announcement;



http://forum.cisco.com/eforum/servlet/NetProf?page=netprof&forum=Unified%20Communications%20and%20Video&topic=Unified%20Communications%20Applications&CommCmd=MB%3Fcmd%3Dpass_through%26location%3Doutline%40%5E1%40%40.2cd4091d



Hope this helps!

Rob

Wilson Samuel Thu, 08/13/2009 - 07:29
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Thanks Rob and really appreciate your points!!


Btw, I'm really surprised if the only major difference is virtualization (to me at least) why not make it 7.5? Why bother the customers and esp. the support guys with a new version whole together?


Anyways, I commented this on Lauar's post and hope that she will respond what CSCO thinks about this version change aspect.


Finally, I'm also giving you 5 points as it did open my eyes.. a little bit more..


Regards

Wilson Samuel

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