Cisco TelePresence Conductor

Cisco TelePresence Conductor Data Sheet

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Simple, Natural Conferencing

Product Overview

Cisco TelePresence® Conductor software simplifies multiparty video communications, orchestrating the different resources needed for each conference as required. It allows the video network to be configured so that conferences can be easily provisioned, initiated, and accessed.

The Cisco TelePresence Conductor simplifies and enhances conference resource management, making conferences easy to join and administer. It uses knowledge of all available conferencing resources and their capabilities to help ensure dynamic, intelligent conference placement and optimum resource usage. It delivers powerful, comprehensive administrative control, making simple, natural conferencing a reality.

Administrators can specify the exact service level and experience required for each user. For example, administrators can determine whether users enjoy standard- or high-definition video, how many participants may connect, the maximum service level available to attendees, and even which Cisco TelePresence Server or Cisco TelePresence Multipoint Control Unit (MCU) is selected, according to geographic location.

Figure 1 shows a sample deployment of Cisco TelePresence Conductor working with Cisco® Unified Communications Manager (Cisco UCM). Cisco TelePresence Conductor also works in conjunction with Cisco TelePresence Video Communication Server (VCS) where required; for example, to support H.323 and Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) interworking and/or provide firewall traversal.

Figure 1. Conference Resource Orchestration with Cisco TelePresence Conductor

Cisco TelePresence Conductor offers many benefits:

Supports service differentiation, allowing administrators to define specific classes of service for conference attendees to ensure that conferences are effectively delivered to maximize the value each attendee gains

Eases the administration and management of conference configuration through virtualization and intelligent optimization of multipoint resources (note that intelligent optimization is supported only on Cisco TelePresence Server)

Supports spontaneous, rendezvous (MeetMe), and scheduled conferencing modes to help ensure that the user experience is always consistent irrespective of user, meeting type, and endpoint

Allows conferences to dynamically grow and even exceed the capacity of individual conferencing resources; it is ideal for larger conferences, or when the number of participants expected on a conference is unknown

Scales from small businesses to large enterprises, supporting expansion as usage increases

Cisco TelePresence Conductor is available as a virtualized application running on Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS®) platforms or third-party server platforms. Alternatively it is available as a dedicated appliance (Figure 2).

Figure 2. Cisco TelePresence Conductor Appliance

Features of Cisco TelePresence Conductor include:

Cisco TelePresence Conductor supports the industry-leading Cisco TelePresence Server and Cisco TelePresence MCUs.

It offers conference virtualization: Cisco TelePresence Conductor dynamically selects the most appropriate Cisco TelePresence resources for each new conference.

Pooled resource orchestration and load balancing mean that having a Cisco TelePresence Server or an MCU out of service need not affect service availability.

The conductor handles the differing demands and service entitlements of conference attendees by providing customizable templates that define the exact characteristics of a conference and are tailored for each participant.

Conference personalization helps ensure the conferencing experience is tailored to meet each user’s personal preferences for settings such as layout and personal identification numbers (PINs).

Supported Cisco conference modes follow:

- Meeting: The conference has one type of participant, and all participants are given the same priority.

- Lecture: There are two types of participants with different levels of priority; each participant type has a different alias to dial in to the conference.

- Role configuration for conference attendees: Roles include chairperson, guest, and participant.

Cisco TelePresence Conductor supports dynamic conference growth and ad-hoc conference escalations, allowing dynamic two- to three-way conferencing.

System Capacity

Cisco TelePresence Conductor Essentials

Cisco TelePresence Conductor software can be downloaded as a virtualized application and installed without a release key in limited-capacity mode, enabling conference resource orchestration for a single, standalone Cisco TelePresence Server or Cisco TelePresence MCU.

Support in limited-capacity mode is provided through CiscoSupport Community forums.

Cisco TelePresence Conductor Select

For small to medium-sized deployments, an option key is available that enables support for up to 50 concurrent call sessions, enabling conference resource orchestration for more than one Cisco TelePresence Server or Cisco TelePresence MCU.

Two medium sized Conductor virtual machines supporting up to 50 concurrent call sessions can be clustered together to provide resillience.

Cisco TelePresence Conductor

For larger deplyoments, a full-capacity version of Cisco TelePresence Conductor is required.

Up to 2400 concurrent call sessions or up to 30 Cisco TelePresence Servers or TelePresence MCUs are supported by one full-capacity Cisco TelePresence Conductor appliance or cluster.

Up to three full-capacity Cisco TelePresence Conductors can be clustered to provide resilience.

Table 1 Summarizes capacity and clustering capability of Cisco TelePresence Conductor.

Table 1. Capacity and Clustering Capability for Different Sized Deployments of Cisco TelePresence Conductor

Cisco TelePresence Conductor Essentials

Cisco TelePresence Conductor Select

Cisco TelePresence Conductor

Limited Capacity Virtual Application

Medium Capacity Virtual Application

Full capacity virtual application or dedicated appliance

Suitable deployment


Small to medium-sized

Medium-sized to large

Total number of conference bridges supported

1 (standalone)



Maximum number of concurrent call sessions supported

The number of calls supported by the conference bridge



Clustering of TelePresence Conductors supported for resilience


Yes (limited to 2 medium capacity TelePresence Conductors)

Yes (up to 3 TelePresence Conductors)

Access to TACsupport

No. (Support in limited-capacity mode is provided through Cisco Support Community forums)



Available as virtual machine or appliance

Virtual machine only

Virtual machine only

Virtual machine and appliance

Release and option keys required to install

No release or option key required

Upgrade option key to support 50 concurrent call sessions required

Full capacity TelePresence Conductor release key required

System Specifications

Table 2 lists specifications of Cisco TelePresence Conductor.

Table 2. Specifications of Cisco TelePresence Conductor

User interface

Supports Internet Explorer 8 or 9, Firefox 3 or later, Google Chrome, and Safari web browsers

Supported Cisco UCM and Cisco VCS versions

Supports Cisco UCM 8.6.2 or later (Version 9.1.1 or later is recommended to support encryption of rendezvous and ad-hoc calls using Secure Real-Time Transport Protocol (SRTP) and SIP Transport Layer Security (TLS). Refer to the Optimized Conferencing for Cisco Unified Communications Manager Solution Guide for more information.)
Supports Cisco VCS Version X6.0 or later

Management interfaces

Supports industry standards such as RS-232, Secure HTTP (HTTPS), XML, Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), secure copy (SCP), and Secure Shell (SSH) Protocol
Supports embedded setup wizard on serial port for initial configuration
Supports management and monitoring of Cisco TelePresence Conductor Conferences with Cisco TelePresence Management Suite (TMS) (Version 14.3 or later of Cisco TMS is recommended)
Supports call logging and diagnostics
Supports logging to a syslog server


Full-capacity versions can be deployed in triple-redundant cluster
Two medium-sized Conductor virtual machines, supporting up to 50 concurrent call sessions, can be clustered together
Supports duplicated databases and duplicated data

Cisco TelePresence Server and MCU support

Supports Cisco TelePresence Server Version 3.0 or later
Supports Cisco TelePresence MCU 4200 Series Version 4.2 or later
Supports Cisco TelePresence MCU 4500 Series Version 4.2 or later
Supports Cisco TelePresence MCU 5300 Series Version 4.3 or later
Supports Cisco TelePresence MCU MSE 8420 and 8510 Version 4.2 or later

Note: Cisco TelePresence Server Version 3.1 or later and Cisco TelePresence MCU Version 4.4 softwareare strongly recommended.



Cisco TelePresence Conductor Virtualized Application

Server requirements for Cisco TelePresence Conductor Virtualized Application

Cisco UCS B- or C-Series Servers or third-party servers that meet the minimum requirements
VMware vSphere or vCentre server running ESXi v4.1 or 5.0 update 1
Two 2.8-GHz (minimum) host CPU cores per Cisco TelePresence Conductor Virtual Machine; 6-GB RAM per virtual machine; 132-GB disk space per virtual machine (4-GB virtual disk 1 plus 128-GB virtual disk 2)

For full details, refer to the Cisco TelePresence Conductor Deployment Guide.

Cisco TelePresence Conductor Appliance

Physical dimensions (H x W x D)

1.72 x 16.8 x 18 in. (43.5 x 426 x 457.2 mm)
1-rack-unit (1RU) rack-mount chassis


Four 10/100/1000BASE-TX Ethernet ports (RJ-45) (front)
One RS-232 console port (RJ-45) (front)


17.6 lb (8 kg) (unpacked)


Auto-sensing 250W (maximum) 580-BTU-per-hour power supply
90-264 VAC full range at 47 or 63 Hz

Cooling system

Five 1.58-in. (40-mm) fans for system cooling

System control and indications

One power LED, one alarm LED, and four act/link/10/100/1000 LEDs on Ethernet ports
One power on/off switch (rear)

Environmental data

Operating temperatures: 32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Storage temperatures: -4 to 140ºF (-20 to 60ºC)
Relative humidity: 10 to 90% (noncondensing)


LVD 73/23/EC
EMC 89/366/ECC

Approvals and compliance

Directive 73/23/EEC (Low Voltage Directive)
Directive 89/336/EEC (EMC Directive)
Standards EN 60950, EN 55022 Class A, EN 55024, and EN 61000-3-2/-3-3
Approved according to UL 60950 and CAN/CSA C22.2 No. 60950
Compliance with FCC15B Class A

Ordering Information

To place an order, visit the Cisco Ordering Home Page and refer to Table 3.

Table 3. Ordering Information

Product Name

Part Number

Cisco TelePresence Conductor Essentials

Limited capacity Virtual TelePresence Conductor; supports a single standalone TelePresence Server or TelePresence MCU

N/A (TelePresence Conductor .ova software can be downloaded from

Cisco TelePresence Conductor Select

Mid-market Virtual TelePresence Conductor , supports up to 50 Call Sessions


Upgrade from TelePresence Conductor Select for Mid-market to Full Capacity Virtual TelePresence Conductor


Full Capacity Cisco TelePresence Conductor

Cisco TelePresence Conductor-30 MCUs/2400 Call Sessions
(Virtualized Application)


Cisco TelePresence Conductor-30 MCUs/2400 Call Sessions


Service and Support

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For More Information

For more information, visit the Cisco TelePresence Conductor homepage at or contact your local Cisco account representative.

This product includes software developed by Computing Services at Carnegie Mellon University. This product includes software developed by the University of California, Berkeley, and its contributors.