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Jabber Extensible Communications Platform (XCP)

Jabber XCP Frequently Asked Questions

General

What is Jabber XCP?
What is EIM?
What is presence?
What is XMPP?
What is federation?

Technical

What is the difference between Jabber XCP and the open-source version (jabberd)?
How is Jabber XCP licensed for use in the enterprise?
Which platforms does Jabber XCP support?
Does Jabber XCP support voice, video, or application sharing?
How scalable is Jabber XCP?
How secure is Jabber XCP?
Do open-source clients work with the Jabber XCP commercial server?
Does Jabber MomentIM federate with public IM systems such as Google Talk, AOL Instant Messenger, Windows Live Messenger, or Yahoo! Messenger?
Does Jabber XCP federate with Microsoft Office Communications Server or IBM Lotus Sametime?
How does the Cisco acquisition affect existing customers of Jabber, Inc.?


General

Q: What is Jabber XCP?
A: The Jabber Extensible Communications Platform (Jabber XCP) is a presence, messaging, and XML routing platform, designed for the U.S. federal government.
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Q: What is EIM?
A: What is EIM? A. The differences between consumer instant messaging (IM) and enterprise instant messaging (EIM) resemble those between a consumer email service like Hotmail and an enterprise email service like Microsoft Exchange or Lotus Notes. Most businesses do not rely on a consumer-oriented, web-based email system for corporate email, and the same is true of instant messaging.

As IM matures and becomes more widely accepted, organizations will want to take advantage of IM technology without the risks of data or liability exposure on consumer IM networks. EIM solutions such as Jabber XCP allow organizations to offer highly secure and highly available IM services to their users.
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Q: What is presence?
A: Presence is the online availability of any person, application, or device to exchange information with any other online person, application, or device.

Extended presence refers to online attributes that change over time. These may convey geographic location, differing levels of availability, capability, and role. Presence enables real-time online communication, and the ability to see who is online anywhere in the world (whether on a computer, phone, or mobile device) and immediately bring people, ideas, applications and devices together using a secure yet flexible interface.
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Q: What is XMPP?
A: What is XMPP? A. The Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP) is a native XML streaming protocol that connects multiple IM and presence systems. Codified by the IETF, XMPP is the only IETF-approved Internet standard for presence and messaging technologies.
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Q: What is federation?
A: What is federation? A. Federation is a term that describes data servers in different domains that can securely connect to one another through a clearinghouse that acts as a central routing point for all server capabilities.
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Technical

Q: What is the difference between Jabber XCP and the open-source version (jabberd)?
A: Jabber XCP is fully operational with and compatible with jabberd, the Jabber open-source project server.

Jabber XCP, however, is a commercial-grade software platform for highly extensible, reliable, and scalable performance. Jabber XCP can scale to serve over a million users concurrently in a distributed configuration.

Jabber XCP integrates with a wide range of organizational infrastructures like directory services, databases, web portals, and mobile devices. Get a full range of professional-level support and services offerings, including custom support, development, and integration.
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Q: How is Jabber XCP licensed for use in the enterprise?
A: Jabber, Inc., licenses its products by individual seat license
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Q: Which platforms does Jabber XCP support?
A: Jabber XCP is available for Microsoft Windows, Red Hat Linux, and Sun Solaris platforms. Jabber XCP clients are available for the Windows desktop, web browsers, and RIM Blackberry.
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Q: Does Jabber XCP support voice, video, or application sharing?
A: Jabber XCP supports Cisco WebEx Connect IM and Adobe Acrobat Connect Professional meetings directly from the [Jabber MomentIM | (redirect link)] desktop client. In addition, Jabber XCP provides the integration framework to support an array of other solutions, including other voice over IP (VoIP), application-sharing, and video conferencing systems.
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Q: How scalable is Jabber XCP?
A: Jabber XCP With single domain name support enabled, Jabber XCP has been proven to support over a million concurrent connections with the systems running at 50 percent capacity.
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Q: How secure is Jabber XCP?
A: Jabber XCP is secure enough to support compliance regulations such as the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability (HIPAA). Jabber XCP security is used and trusted by the U.S. federal government.

It adheres to various accepted security industry standards including SSL, Transport Layer Security (TLS), HTTPS, and Simple Authentication and Security Layer (SASL). Jabber XCP is also flexible enough to be deployed in environments with highly customized security methods, means, and integration requirements.
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Q: Do open-source clients work with the Jabber XCP commercial server?
A: Yes, XMPP-based open-source clients can connect to Jabber XCP, though they may lack some of the higher-level functionality offered in production software from Jabber, Inc.
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Q: Does Jabber MomentIM federate with public IM systems such as Google Talk, AOL Instant Messenger, Windows Live Messenger, or Yahoo! Messenger?
A: Google Talk is based on XMPP, so it interoperates with Jabber MomentIM. The AIM Gateway from Jabber, Inc., is an optional add-on that allows Jabber MomentIM users to communicate with AOL users. Open-source transports allow Jabber MomentIM to communicate with users of Microsoft Windows Live Messenger and Yahoo! Messenger.
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Q: Does Jabber XCP federate with Microsoft Office Communications Server or IBM Lotus Sametime?
A: Yes. Use an optional SIP/SIMPLE Gateway, available from Cisco, which allows Jabber XCP users to exchange presence information and IMs with users on IBM Lotus Sametime and Microsoft Office Communications Server (OCS) systems, while maintaining communication with other XMPP-based solutions.

The gateway is available for Microsoft Windows Server platform, and for Solaris and Linux. In addition, IBM and Microsoft offer XMPP gateways for Sametime and OCS, respectively, which can be used for federation with Jabber XCP. Contact these vendors for more information on their XMPP federation gateways.
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Q: How does the Cisco acquisition affect existing customers of Jabber, Inc.?
A: Cisco has integrated the Jabber presence and messaging technology into Cisco platforms, including WebEx Connect IM, Unified Presence, and Unified Personal Communicator.

Cisco will continue to sell to and support existing Jabber customers. Jabber customers should consider the acquisition of Jabber by one of the world's premier technology companies a resounding validation of Jabber presence and real-time messaging software.
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