SOURCE: Cisco Systems, Inc.

August 06, 2008 08:00 ET

Cisco Collaborates With HP in Global Delivery of Unified Communications

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - August 6, 2008) - Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) today announced the expansion of its relationship with HP to enhance the delivery of Cisco® Unified Communications (UC) to customers around the world. The expanded relationship includes investments by both companies for training and building global marketing and sales programs.

"Many of our customers have trusted relationships with HP for managing a wide array of unified communications and other applications," said Rick McConnell, vice president of Unified Communications Market Development for Cisco. "Cisco is committed to working closely with HP to provide our mutual customers more integrated, adaptive collaboration solutions that meet their specific business needs today and tomorrow."

HP helps customers in every stage of the UC service delivery process, from finding appropriate starting points and identifying particular solutions to achieve desired business results, to deploying, managing and supporting integrated solutions. This expanded relationship builds on the established Cisco and HP strategic relationship serving global customers, such as the Johor State Government, Malaysia; Heritage Valley Health System, United States; Parts for Trucks, Canada; and Electro Sonic, Canada. The Bucks New University of Buckinghamshire, England, recently selected HP to deploy Cisco Unified Communications.

"We are working in partnership with HP and Cisco, who have become the primary suppliers of unified communications products and services to the university. Their services will transform the learning experience for our students by providing the ability for staff and students to collaborate in innovative ways through the deployment of a converged voice, video and data network," said Derek Godfrey, pro vice chancellor of Research, Enterprise & Operations at Buckinghamshire New University. "We are confident that the relationship will put us at the forefront of innovation in education.

"HP has global strategic alliances with both Cisco and Microsoft, and HP has a wide range of expertise in deploying both companies' unified communications solutions. HP is thus a global services partner of choice for customers looking to integrate Cisco and Microsoft-based UC solutions to meet their specific business needs.

"Companies are increasingly transforming their communication and collaboration environments to speed decision making and lower costs. They need to do this without diverting valuable technology resources and driving up operational expenses," said Dan Socci, vice president, Network Solutions for HP. "HP works with industry-leading unified communications technology providers such as Cisco and Microsoft to provide solutions tailored to meet the specific needs of customers."

With additional services available from Cisco's Customer Advocacy Group, HP can provide customers with deep expertise on the Cisco UC solution suite. HP is a Cisco Global Commerce and Global Certified Partner and offers services for a wide range of Cisco Unified Communications and mobility solutions, including Internet Protocol Telephony (IPT) network analysis, preparation, design, implementation, operation, design and support. HP has earned more than 5,000 Cisco certifications to build global expertise on the benefits of the following Cisco Unified Communication solutions: Cisco Unified Communications Manager, Cisco Unified Presence, Cisco Unified IP Phones, Cisco Voice Gateways, Cisco Unity, Cisco Unified MeetingPlace®, Cisco Unified Personal Communicator and Cisco Unified Mobile Communicator. More information about HP solutions for Cisco technologies is available at

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