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This data sheet provides an overview of features and ordering information for the Cisco® Unified Application Server, an application server for converged voice, video, and data applications.
The Cisco Unified Communications family of voice, video, and IP communications products and applications helps enable organizations to communicate more effectively-helping them streamline business processes, reach the right resource the first time, and reduce costs and maximize revenue. The Cisco Unified Communications system is an integral part of a complete, integrated business communications solution for organizations of all sizes that also includes network infrastructure, security, and network management products; wireless connectivity; a lifecycle services approach; and flexible deployment and outsourced management options, end-user and partner financing packages, and third-party communications applications.
Part of the Cisco Unified Application Environment, the Cisco Unified Application Server is an application server for converged voice, video, and data applications. It is the first integrated, end-to-end runtime and development platform for unified communications applications.
The Cisco Unified Application Server abstracts the complexity of telephony protocols, separates application logic from core call routing to protect Cisco Unified CallManager, and provides a standard way to manage all of an organization's unified communications applications.
As part of the Cisco Unified Application Environment, the Cisco Unified Application Server enables the rapid development, reliable execution, and automated management of unified communications applications that converge voice and video with enterprise applications and data. Organizations can use these new converged applications to improve communications, transform business processes, and create competitive advantage.
KEY FEATURES AND BENEFITS
Extensible Plug-In Framework
The Cisco Unified Application Server offers an extensible plug-in framework that shields developers from the complexity of voice technology by abstracting a wide variety of call control and other telephony protocols. The plug-in framework reduces developer training and ramp time, enables flexibility in protocol choice at deployment, and provides for easy extensibility of voice protocols and enterprise applications and services.
Virtual Machine Layer
The Cisco Unified Application Server provides a virtual machine layer that clearly separates application logic from core call routing and manages calls from applications to Cisco Unified CallManager. The virtual machine protects Cisco Unified CallManager from immature protocol defects and developer threats due to inexperience or accidents. The virtual machine also protects applications from each other.
Standard Application Container
The Cisco Unified Application Server acts as a single standard application container to provide a common platform that developers and quality assurance and operations staff can use to manage the reliability, scalability, capacity, and performance of all packaged and custom unified communications applications.
Table 1 gives specifications of the Cisco Unified Application Server.
Table 1. Product Specifications
Works with Cisco Unified CallManager 3.3, 4.0, and 5.0, Cisco IP phones and Cisco IP Communicator, and with Cisco Unified Application Designer 2.3 and Cisco Unified Media Engine 2.3
Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), H.323, Skinny Client Control Protocol (SCCP), Java Telephony Application Programming Interface (JTAPI), Cisco IP Phone Services, DeviceListX, AVVID XML Layer Simple Object Access Protocol (AXL-SOAP), Extension Mobility, Cisco CallManager application programming interfaces (APIs), Web Services, HTTP, Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP), Structured Query Language (SQL), and Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP); easily extensible to any standards-based or proprietary protocol or interface
• Premium Edition includes a license for 100 concurrent application instances and allows unlimited additional licensed application instances per server
• Enhanced Edition includes a license for 50 concurrent application instances and allows up to a total of 150 licensed application instances per server
• Standard Edition includes a license for 25 concurrent application instances and allows up to a total of 50 licensed application instances per server
The capacity of the Cisco Unified Application Server is highly dependent on the nature of the applications deployed to run on it. Organizations can gain increased capacity and high availability by clustering multiple systems running the Cisco Unified Application Server.
Extensible Provider Framework
• Call control
– JTAPI First and Third Party
• Cisco IP Communications
– Cisco IP Phone Services
– AXL SOAP
– Extension Mobility
– Cisco CallManager APIs
• Other common technology interfaces
– Web Services (client)
– HTTP (client and server)
– LDAP (client)
– SQL (client)
– SMTP (client)
• Completely extensible
– Ability for Cisco customers and partners to add support for any standards-based or proprietary protocol or other interface
Virtual Machine Layer
• Protects Cisco Unified CallManager from applications
• Protects applications from each other
Standard Application Container
• Provides standardized way to manage all unified communications applications
HW/SW AP7845-H1, App/MediaServer 2.3, No SW License
SERVICE AND SUPPORT
CISCO UNIFIED COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES AND SUPPORT
Using the Cisco Lifecycle Services approach, Cisco Systems
® and its partners offer a broad portfolio of end-to-end services to support the Cisco Unified Communications system. These services are based on proven methodologies for deploying, operating, and optimizing IP communications solutions. Initial planning and design services, for example, can help you meet aggressive deployment schedules and minimize network disruption during implementation. Operate services reduce the risk of communications downtime with expert technical support, and optimize services enhance solution performance for operational excellence. Cisco and its partners offer a system-level service and support approach that can help you create and maintain a resilient, converged network that meets your business needs.