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Now you can bring Cisco Webex® conferencing into your company’s private cloud, for a cost-effective, secure, and flexible collaboration solution. Meet your organization’s requirements for highly secure on-premises conferencing, and deliver the same user experience that has made Cisco Webex the market-leading Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) conferencing solution.

Product Overview

Cisco Webex Meetings Server is a virtualized, software-based solution that runs on Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS®) servers and VMware. It uses virtual appliance technology for rapid turn-up of services to end users. With Cisco Webex Meetings Server, there are two options for enabling mobile users to more securely access Cisco Webex conferences without going through a VPN. The first option is to deploy reverse proxy (or edge servers) in the enterprise perimeter (or DMZ). The second option, shown in Figure 1, is to deploy the reverse proxy servers behind your internal firewall, thus eliminating all DMZ components and related information security concerns.

In addition, Cisco Webex Meetings Server uses simple port forwarding on ports 80 (HTTP) and 443 (SSL) to minimize the number of ports that need to be opened in your external and internal firewalls. Back-end servers integrate with Cisco Unified Communications Manager for high-quality teleconferencing.

In large enterprise deployments, critical manageability requirements include user provisioning as well as the ability for users to sign in using their corporate credentials. Cisco Webex Meetings Server supports these requirements by enabling you to use either Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) directory services for user management and authentication or the industry-standard Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) 2.0 single sign-on.

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Full Deployment of Cisco Webex Meetings Server Behind a Firewall

Features and Benefits

Feature

Benefit

Meets stringent security requirements

  Installed behind corporate firewall
  End-user sessions encrypted with industry-standard Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) 3.0, Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.0, and TLS 1.2
  Communications between Cisco Webex Meetings Server virtual servers are encrypted
  FIPS-140-2 certified encryption can be turned on with a single policy setting, providing U.S. Department of Defense-level security
  Meets U.S. Department of Defense Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) certification requirements

Scalability and high availability

  Offered in 4 deployment sizes for scalability: 50, 250, 800, and 2000 concurrent users or “ports”
  For highest availability, the 250-, 800-, and 2000-port models are available in “active-active,” multi-data center topologies. This also creates geographical separation for reliability while efficiently serving a widely distributed user base
  The 2000 port system is expandable to a 4000-port model for single and multi-data center topologies

Protects existing Cisco collaboration investments

  Deploy with Cisco Unified Communications Manager and extend your investment in IP telephony to online meetings

Aligns to business-focused conferencing capabilities

  Document, application, and desktop sharing
  Annotation and collaboration tools
  Personal Room with an easy-to-remember link that never changes
  Modern video-centric experience with centralized controls plus integrated scheduling and calendar management
  Personal Conferencing Number capabilities, providing persistent host and attendee access codes for planned and ad hoc audio-centric conferencing
  Blast Dial Out, to rapidly dial tens to hundreds of participants automatically at a meeting’s start. It is ideal for emergency response and similar situations that require a way to rapidly form meetings. Blast Dial Out meetings include customizable greetings and administrator-defined access codes and security parameters
  High-quality video with 720p screen resolution, full-screen video, up to 25 simultaneous webcam video feeds, and voice-activated switching
  User profile functionality, providing groups of users with access to specific features
  Recording capabilities, including downloadable recordings and playback
  Consistent cross-platform experience on Windows, Mac, smartphones, and tablets
  Hosts can schedule meetings directly from their Microsoft Outlook for Windows calendars
  Hosts can set up internal meetings that require authentication

Comprehensive mobile collaboration support

  Mobile devices, including iPhones, iPads, and Android devices, can join as meeting clients
  Start, join, schedule, and attend online meetings from mobile devices
  Mobile functions also include chat, audio, call me, calendar, and ability to pass presenter privileges to others on call
  Two-way video available on Android and iPad (2.0+) devices
  Connect to meeting with audio in two ways: via telephony or Internet (integrated VoIP)
  Support for Cisco Jabber ® for Windows and Mac (requires Cisco Unified Presence), enabling users to easily move from a chat session to an online meeting

Simple, web-based management

  Administration dashboard (see Figure 2) includes a real-time view of system processes and management reports on usage, licenses, and more
  Latest reports available on a monthly basis in the Administration dashboard
  Update user email addresses individually or in bulk without losing any meeting data
  Recording management allows administrator read-only access to all recordings on the system, for file storage management purposes
  Back Up Now button to start backup of the system immediately

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Figure 2.           

Web-Based Administration Dashboard

Supported Operating Systems

Windows

Mac

Windows Vista (32-bit/64-bit)

Mac OS X 10.7 Lion

Windows 7 (32-bit/64-bit)

Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion

Windows 8 (32-bit/64-bit)

Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks

Windows 8.1 (32-bit/64-bit)

OS X 10.11 El Capitan (CWMS 2.6MR1)

Windows 10 (32-bit/64-bit) (CWMS 2.6MR1 and higher)

OS X 10.12 Sierra (CWMS 2.7MR2)

Edge (Windows 10 only) 20.10240.16384.0 to 38.14393.00

 

Licensing

Cisco Webex Meetings Server features user-based licensing, which requires a license for each user that intends to host meetings. For Multi-Data Center (MDC) systems, each data center requires an MDC license; an MDC system requires a minimum of two licenses, one for each data center. For extra large capacity, an XL Capacity license is required. Starting with CWMS 4.0, Smart Licensing via the Cisco Smart Software Manager (CSSM) which is an intuitive portal where administrators can activate and manage all licenses.

System Requirements

Cisco Webex Meetings Server is compatible with Cisco UCS servers that meet or exceed the specifications presented in this section.

Module

Requirements

Host server

Cisco UCS C-Series rack server or equivalent B-Series blade server

Network interfaces

  Minimum 1 physical Network Interface Card (NIC) for a nonredundant configuration
  Redundant configurations must have all NIC interfaces duplicated and connected to an independent switching fabric

Internal storage (direct attached storage [DAS]) for ESXi hosts where internal machines are deployed

Minimum of 4 drives in a RAID-10 or RAID-5 configuration

Internal storage (DAS)for ESXi hosts where Internet Reverse Proxy (IRP) virtual machines are deployed

Minimum of 2 drives in a RAID-1 configuration

SAN storage

Can be used as a substitute for DAS

Network-Attached Storage (NAS)

Can be used as a substitute for DAS or SAN

Hypervisor

  ESXi versions and vSphere licenses
  1 VMware license per processor socket

Email server

  Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) of the mail server that the system uses to send emails
  Port number: Default value of the Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) port number is 25 or 465 (secure SMTP port number)

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Together we create innovative, network-centric architecture solutions resulting in a scalable and responsive foundation that can help you realize the full value of your IT and communications investment.

For more information about services, visit https://www.cisco.com/go/uccservices.

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