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Cisco Jabber Updates Offer BYOD Solutions

Updated on January 31, 2013

Cisco's Jabber will soon get adjustments that may be favorable for IT professionals. The tool will be available by virtual desktop and will have practical implications for businesses that use Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies.

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Cisco logo. | Source

What Is New About Cisco Jabber?

Currently, the application is only accessible by native desktop. With the modifications, the app will run by the browser as well, thanks to software called the Virtualization Experience Media Engine (VXME). VXME "is slated to be available by the middle of this year," writes Rachel King in a recent ZDNet post. The Cisco product will be accessible from any device, including smartphones and tablets; operating systems can range from Android to iOS.

The program provides users access to instant messaging (IM), voice messaging, voice, video, and other features. With VXME software, the technologies are available virtually anywhere and at any time. Support for IT professionals using the Cisco product will probably be strong given that Citrix and VMware will provide the help.

Cisco Jabber: Benefits for IT Departments

For IT professionals, the upcoming changes to the Cisco product may provide solutions to BYOD issues. In enterprises with BYOD policies, employees access company materials on their own smartphones, tablets, and laptops. BYOD policies are difficult for IT professionals to manage, as the mobile devices affect traffic levels on the network. In addition, network security is at risk of compromise as IT Departments open up their networks to various personal devices of employees.

Cisco's app for the virtual desktop can help IT professionals. The product offers a single entry point for employees to access various features on their own mobile devices. By using Jabber, employees have a single solution for voice, video, and other daily functions. IT professionals have fewer products to run on the network. Fewer applications mean a higher degree of control for IT Departments over data and traffic on the network.

BYOD Policies and Jabber

Businesses with BYOD policies may benefit from the software.
Businesses with BYOD policies may benefit from the software. | Source

Another benefit for IT professionals is likely to be that they are no longer bound to a physical office space to work within the Cisco application. They do not need to use a desktop computer for instant messaging, for example. Instead, they can count on that their mobile devices securely transmitting the data. The increase in mobility can increase efficiency and convenience for the specialists.

Businesses that are interested in using the upcoming product type may have to upgrade hardware. Initially, according to ZDNet, the only product support will be by Dell Wyse thin clients. Gradually expansion will continue to Windows-based thin clients. IT specialists may have to improve infrastructure if they want to enjoy the new virtual application.


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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Sounds like a terrific way to utilize technology in the workplace. I hear my tech students talking about this, at least now I know a bit more about it. THanks for the information.

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      flashmakeit 5 years ago from usa

      Interesting subject and this is the first time I have ever read about Cisco. Now I would like to learn more.

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      So very interesting and thanks for sharing.

      Have a wonderful weekend.


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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks Bill for your support :) Hehe, yes there is some technical talk here!

      Hi Pol of Thoughts, I wish you success in your job hunt and further education.

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      David Steffy 5 years ago from Southern Ohio

      This sounds interesting. I can't seem to land an IT job after graduating college with an associate degree so maybe it'll mean more if I ever get to go back for a bachelor's... Nice info though!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Honest to God, Christy, you are speaking ancient Greek to me. I looked at the title and just shook my head. LOL Good thing I like you. I'm sure this is helpful to thousands of people but seriously, this is so far over my head as to be in a different atmosphere. :)