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Cisco Unified Communications Manager Cloud (Cisco UCM Cloud) Data Sheet

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Get enterprise-grade cloud calling and team collaboration offered through a flexible subscription model. This solution provides your business with a smooth migration from on-premises deployments to the cloud at a pace that meets your business strategy.

Overview of Cisco UCM Cloud

The Cisco® Unified Communications Manager Cloud (Cisco UCM Cloud) is part of Cisco’s Cloud Calling portfolio powered by Cisco’s collaboration technology – Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Cisco UCM). The service offers voice, video, messaging, meeting, and mobility solutions with the features and benefits of Cisco IP phones, mobile devices, and desktop clients.

Cisco UCM Cloud is part of the Cisco Collaboration Flex Plan set of offers, which includes key Cisco commercial and administrative tools to facilitate the go-to-market and common subscription plans, including Webex Teams and Webex® Meetings.

Cisco UCM Cloud is hosted and operated by Cisco in North America, Europe, the Asia Pacific region, and Japan.

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Cisco UCM Cloud benefits

With Cisco UCM Cloud, customers enjoy:

   No Capital Expenditures (CapEx). No hardware, software, or data center is required—it is all handled by Cisco. Because you buy less equipment, you can use less power and enjoy the benefits of energy-efficient, green computing.

   No lengthy deployment time. There is no telephony equipment to install, so your collaboration service can be operational in a matter of weeks instead of months.

   No additional staff requirement. Limited expertise is required, resulting in lower support costs.

   No unpredictable costs. Cisco UCM Cloud is purchased as a Per-User Per-Month (PUPM) subscription.

   No upgrades necessary. Cisco handles any new features and upgrades without disrupting your business.

   Less worries. Cloud computing can transform the way you provide services, facilitating high agility, scalability, and profitability. You can rapidly respond to changes in the market without having to manage significant infrastructure.

Cisco UCM Cloud services

Calling - voice and video

Cisco UCM is a core call-control application of Cisco UCM Cloud. It provides enterprise-class call control, session management, voice, video, messaging, mobility, and conferencing services in a way that is efficient, highly secure, scalable, and reliable.

Messaging - voicemail and integrated messaging

Cisco UCM allows users to access and manage messages from their email inbox, web browser, Cisco Jabber® client, Cisco endpoint, smartphone, or tablet. It supports voice commands, speech-to-text transcription, and video greetings.

Cisco Webex Meetings

Webex Meetings makes online meetings more effective with a powerful feature set for productive and efficient meetings. You can get more done, faster, and empower your workforce with online collaboration using Webex Meetings. Share documents, presentations, and applications with integrated audio and video anytime, on any mobile device or your own video device. It’s simple to conduct regular meetings among geographically dispersed staff members. You can also hold engaging and creative sessions with external customers or internal teams.

For more details, refer to Webex Meetings service.

Cisco Webex Teams

The Webex Teams app is a business communications tool that combines important business capabilities in one simple interface to form a single experience. It is an app for continuous teamwork with video meetings, group messaging, file sharing, and white boarding. This is all done with the historical context of team and one-to-one interactions, including shared files and persistent messages.

For more details, refer to Webex Teams service.

Instant messaging and presence

Instant messaging is an important communication option that provides personal and group chat capabilities so you can quickly connect with individuals and groups to conduct ongoing conversations.

With a Jabber client, you can:

   Click to begin an Instant Messaging (IM) session, initiate a phone or video call, and easily start a Webex Meeting session

   Receive rich presence information to streamline workflows

   Perform numerous functions, such as instant messaging, presence, click-to-call, voice, video, and visual voicemail

Mobility

Jabber and Webex Teams provide a mobile experience that improves productivity, not only outside the office, but also in the office itself. Both UC client applications allow you to collaborate from anywhere across platforms, devices, and browsers.

Mobile and remote access, and Over-The-Top (OTT) access

Cisco UCM Cloud supports Mobile and Remote Access (MRA) for user endpoints to securely connect to the service from outside a customer network without the need to establish a secure direct connection (e.g., VPN, etc.).

Note:       While Cisco UCM Cloud supports OTT access, its availability and usage must be evaluated on a country by country basis in order to ensure compliance with local laws and regulations.

Emergency call handling

Customers that require emergency call location identification can use the Cisco Emergency Responder compatible emergency call routing service. The emergency call routing service feature allows an administrator to define Emergency Location Identification Numbers (ELINs) at the device pool level, or device level, so that a device's location can be determined and identified at the Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP).

Collaboration phones and endpoints

Figure 1 shows a detailed list of all the endpoints supported by Cisco UCM Cloud.

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Figure 1.           

Endpoints supported by Cisco UCM Cloud

PSTN connectivity

Cisco UCM Cloud enables customers to connect their existing PSTN service to Cisco UCM Cloud using a local gateway or via a certified SIP trunk. PSTN can be partner-provided or customer-provided.

Global availability

Cisco UCM Cloud offers carrier-grade reliability, availability, and security. The Cisco UCM Cloud platform is developed on a fault-tolerant architecture that is geo-redundant and is compliant with international data protection and privacy regulations. Cisco UCM Cloud data centers are located in the regions outlined in Figure 2. For a list of countries where Cisco UCM Cloud Service is available, refer to the Cisco UCM Cloud Global Availability playbook on SalesConnect: https://salesconnect.cisco.com/#/program/PAGE-15188.

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Figure 2.           

Supported regions

Technical support services

Cisco offers technical support services covering the areas of problem resolution, customer success and adoption, and designated support management in three service tiers: Basic, Enhanced, and Premium. Basic Support is included with any Cisco Collaboration Flex Plan subscription at no additional cost for the duration of your subscription. For more information about Basic, Enhanced, and Premium Support, read the services description for Cisco Software Support Services.

Cisco environmental sustainability

Information about Cisco’s environmental sustainability policies and initiatives for our products, solutions, operations, and extended operations or supply chain is provided in the “Environment Sustainability” section of Cisco’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report.

Reference links to information about key environmental sustainability topics (mentioned in the “Environment Sustainability” section of the CSR Report) are provided in the following table:

Sustainability topic

Reference

Information on product material content laws and regulations

Materials

Information on electronic waste laws and regulations, including products, batteries, and packaging

WEEE compliance

Cisco makes the packaging data available for informational purposes only. It may not reflect the most current legal developments, and Cisco does not represent, warrant, or guarantee that it is complete, accurate, or up to date. This information is subject to change without notice.

Cisco Capital

Flexible payment solutions to help you achieve your objectives

Cisco Capital makes it easier to get the right technology to achieve your objectives, enable business transformation and help you stay competitive. We can help you reduce the total cost of ownership, conserve capital, and accelerate growth. In more than 100 countries, our flexible payment solutions can help you acquire hardware, software, services and complementary third-party equipment in easy, predictable payments. Learn more.

Find a Cisco Cloud Collaboration partner from our online Partner Locator tool. Click on “Find a Partner.” Once inside the “Collaboration Cloud Partner Locator,” find “Cisco Offer Type” and select “UCM Cloud.” Select your country in the “Countries that offer is available?” field. Click search and once the results display, scroll down to find available partners.

Flex up on the cloud momentum

If your business needs a more intuitive way to work and a more predictable financial path to the cloud, talk to your Cisco representative about the Cisco Collaboration Flex Plan.

For additional information, visit cisco.com/go/collaborationflexplan.

Appendix

Cisco UCM Cloud calling features

Table 1 provides a subset of the features supported by Cisco UCM Cloud.

Table 1.             Cisco UCM Cloud calling features

Feature

Description

Audio Calling

Make and receive audio calls to and from registered endpoints in the network (SIP only). Supported audio codecs: G.711a/μ, G.729a, etc.

Video Calling

Make and receive video calls to and from video-enabled registered endpoints within the same customer network. Supported video codecs: G.711, G.722, G.722.1, G.729, AAC-LD, Opus.

Direct Outward Dial (DOD)

Supports the ability for a registered endpoint to directly dial an outside number routed to the PSTN.

Direct-Inward-Dial (DID)

This feature enables callers from PSTN to dial directly into a registered endpoint using an E.164 number.

International Dialing

Make and receive international calls to and from any registered endpoint through the telephone network.

Call Preservation for Active Calls

Full call preservation for calls between registered endpoints on the customer’s network in the event Cisco UCM Cloud becomes unreachable. No mid-call features will be available when the call is in “call preservation" mode. Any call involving media from Cisco UCM Cloud (like music-on-hold, announcements, etc.) will not be preserved if Cisco UCM Cloud is unreachable.

Barge

Barge allows a user to be added to a remotely active call that is on a shared line. The feature has a dependency on endpoint support for built-in-bridge.

Call Forward

Call Forward allows a user to configure an endpoint to forward calls to another phone. Following are some examples of the call forwarding types supported:

  Call Forward All (CFA): Forwards all calls to a number
  Call Forward Busy (CFB): Forwards calls when the line is in use
  Call Forward No Answer (CFNA): Forwards calls when the phone is not answered after a configured duration is exceeded

Call Hold/Resume

Allows a user to place a call on hold by pressing the “hold” button on the endpoint. If Music-On-Hold (MOH) is configured, recorded media will be played while the remote user is on hold. Unicast MOH is only supported (no multi-cast support).

Call Park

Allows a user to place a call on hold so that can be retrieved by a different endpoint. An authorized configured endpoint can then dial the call park extension to retrieve the call.

Call Pickup

Allows a user to pick up (resume) a call that has been parked.

Group Call Pickup

Allows you to configure a set of users who have privileges to pick up “parked” calls.

Call Transfer

Redirect a connected call from your phone to another number.

Client Matter Codes (CMC)

Manage call access using authorization account codes.

Forced Authentication Codes (FAC)

Manage call access using a combination of authorization codes and authorization levels. The dialed FAC code must be equal to or greater than the authorization level that is specified for the route pattern for the call.

Do Not Disturb

Set the endpoint to not ring when called.

On-Hook Dialing

Dial a number while your endpoint is on hook (without hearing dial tone). Then go off hook by lifting the endpoint handset or by pressing the speakerphone button.

Off-Hook Dialing

You must first go off hook, and then dial a number to place a call.

Join Across Lines

Merge established calls on multiple lines to create a conference.

Fax/Modem over IP (Pass-through)

With fax pass-through support, modulated fax information is passed in-band over a voice speech path in an IP network. Customer premises gateways that support these protocols must be used.

Speed Dial

Speed dial entries can be configured and assigned to the speed dial buttons on the endpoint to quickly place calls.

Abbreviated Dial

Abbreviated dial settings are speed dial entries that are grouped together and associated with the abbreviated dialing button on the endpoint. When the abbreviated dial button is pressed, the endpoint displays the option to select an abbreviated entry to dial.

Auto Answer

Will cause the endpoint to automatically answer an incoming call without ringing or any user interaction.

Calling Line ID

Displays the calling number for an incoming call during the alerting stage.

Calling Name ID

Displays the calling name associated with the calling number for an incoming call during the alerting stage.

Unassigned Directory Numbers

Allows a partner or customer to manage unassigned numbers. These are numbers that are no longer associated to an endpoint.

Directories

The directory feature allows a user to look up Cisco UCM Cloud-configured numbers on their endpoint.

Privacy

Enable or disable the capability of users with phones that share the same number to view call status and to barge into the call.

Extension Mobility

Enables users to temporarily access their endpoint settings, such as line appearances, services, and speed dials, from other endpoint within your system.

Toll Restriction

Ability to restrict endpoints from making long-distance or toll calls on a per-device basis.

Multiple Line Appearances

Allows an endpoint to be configured with multiple lines.

Calls per Line

Option to terminate multiple calls on the same number.

Hunt Groups

Configure a collection of telephone numbers to ring in a specific order based upon a ringing algorithm. Users can monitor their login status via a line key.

Shared/Bridged Line Appearances

Configure a single number across multiple endpoints. Calls to this number will ring all the endpoints that are configured with the shared number.

Location Awareness Service

Allows administrators to determine the physical location from which a phone connects to the company network. For wireless networks, administrators can view the wireless access point infrastructure and which mobile devices currently associate to those access points. For wired networks, administrators can view the Ethernet switch infrastructure and see which devices are currently connected to those switches.

Ad Hoc Conferencing

Create an audio conference call with up to two other parties without prior scheduling.

Single Number Reach (SNR)

Users can answer incoming calls on either their endpoint or mobile client.

Media Adaptation and Resilience

  Support for configuration options for User Datagram Protocol (UDP) port ranges and Differentiated-Services-Code-Point (DSCP) marking, enabling new strategies for better use of bandwidth across the network
  Ability to configure the Quality-of-Service (QoS) setting through the Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller - Enterprise Module Software-Defined Networking Controller (APIC-EM SDN)
  Support for the variable-rate Opus audio codec for high quality and resiliency

Network Bandwidth Accounting

Call admission control.

Dialed Number Analyzer

This tool allows you to test a Cisco Unified Communications Manager dial plan configuration before deploying it. You can also use the tool to analyze dial plans after the dial plan is deployed.

Call Detail Records (CDR)

Access CDRs for all call usage-based data. Usage data can be accessed ad-hoc or on a scheduled basis: daily, weekly, or monthly.

Partner Troubleshooting Tool

Use this client-side application to troubleshoot and diagnose:

  Device status
  Device discovery
  Cisco Computer Telephony Integration (CTI) applications
  Call routing
  Dial plan

IP Phone Support

Cisco IP 39xx, 68xx, 69xx, 78xx, 79xx, 88xx, 99xx, series endpoints. Third-party standard SIP endpoints.

Soft Phone Support

Cisco Jabber and Cisco Webex Teams client.

Video Endpoint Support

Cisco IX, TX, CTS, T, EX, DX, MX series endpoints.

Cisco UCM Cloud voice messaging features

Table 2 provides a sampling of the features supported by the service.

Table 2.             Cisco UCM Cloud voice messaging features

Feature

Description

Voice Messaging

Users can receive voice messages at their personal mailbox.

Voice Messages Access

Users can access new and saved voice messages using a touchtone or voice recognition conversation over the phone.

Multiple Personal Greetings

Record up to six personal greetings that can be configured to be played when a call is not answered.

After-Greeting Action

Call handlers can be configured to perform an action after the greeting: take messages, play a recorded announcement, or transfer the call to users.

Notifications

Users can be notified of incoming voice messages as soon as the message arrives in the user’s mailbox. A notification message will be delivered to the configured phone number.

Distribution List

Voice messages can be sent to a group of voice message recipients.

Password and PIN Policy Options

Authentication rules govern user passwords, PINs, and account lockouts for all user accounts.

Call Restriction Tables

Call restriction tables can be used to help guard against toll fraud. Restriction tables can be used to control the phone numbers that can be used for transferring calls or message notifications.

Voice Message Aging Policies

Message aging policies ensure that the mailbox storing the customer’s voice messages do not fill up.

Message Locator

Search for messages by another user, outside callers, or a specific number.

Message Sensitivity

Mark messages as regular or urgent. Configure if message notifications are sent when all new voice messages arrive, or limit notifications to only those marked as urgent.

Secure Messages

By setting message sensitivity as secure, users can control who can access a voice message and whether it can be redistributed to others.

Future Delivery

Deliver the message at the future date or time that you specify.

Return Receipt

Request a return receipt so that you are notified when the recipient opens the voice message you left them.

Live Recording

Record conversations while on a phone call. Recordings will be persisted in the user’s mailbox store.

Live Reply

Users who are listening to messages by phone can reply to a message by calling the sender.

System Broadcast Messages

Recorded announcements can be sent to everyone in an organization.

IMAP Client Support

View voicemail messages from secure IMAP clients.

Message List on IP Phone

View voice message list on supported Cisco IP phone displays.

Cisco UCM Cloud instant messaging and presence

Table 3 provides a sampling of the features supported by the service.

Table 3.             Instant messaging and presence features

Feature

Description

Enterprise-Grade Instant Messaging

Secure, rich-text, one-on-one chat and group chat capabilities.

Group Chat Escalation

Add additional participants to a one-on-one chat session and convert to a group chat.

Standard and Custom Presence Status

Select a standard presence status or create a customized status for specific situations.

Do Not Disturb

Silence notifications to not be disturbed.

Privacy Policy

Privacy policies allow you to determine which users can see your availability status, and send you instant messages.

File Transfer

Directly perform a local file transfer within the context of one-on-one chat session.

Predictive Search

Look up contacts quickly. Predictive search offers you suggestions as you type in a search query and can index your Cisco Jabber contact list.

Desktop Share

Share the desktop during a one-on-one chat.

Integrated Voice and Video

Make and receive audio and video calls using the Jabber client. Mobile Remote Access phone control is not supported.

Visual Voice Message Access

View, play back, and delete voice messages from Jabber.

Message Archiving

Store IM records for future recovery and analysis to a customer on-premises database. The database is not provided, managed, or operated by Cisco.

Directory Integration

Source contacts from a customer’s Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) server.

Webex Integration

Cisco Webex calendar integration enables users to host or join Webex meetings from Jabber.

Multi-platform IM Client

Cisco Jabber is supported on Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Apple IOS, and Android platforms.

Mobile and remote access and Over-The-Top (OTT) access

Cisco UCM Cloud supports Mobile and Remote Access (MRA) for user endpoints to securely connect to the service from outside the customer network without having to establish a secure direct connection (e.g., VPN, etc.).

Note:       While Cisco UCM Cloud supports OTT access, its availability and usage must be evaluated on a country by country basis in order to ensure compliance with local laws and regulations.

Table 4 provides a sampling of the features supported by the service.

Table 4.             MRA and OTT access features

Feature

Description

Mobile Voice Access

Voice calling is available when the user endpoint is not within the enterprise network.

Mobile Voice Message Access

Voice messaging capabilities are available when the user endpoint is not within the enterprise network.

Instant Messaging and Presence

Instant message chat capabilities and presence status are available when the user endpoint is not within the enterprise network.

Single Number Reach (SNR)

Users can answer incoming calls on their endpoint when not within the enterprise network.

Voice over Wi-Fi

Voice calling capabilities (make and receive) are available using supported endpoints over a Wi-Fi connection.

Call Preservation

SNR calls are anchored so that the call is preserved for a certain amount of time to allow it to be resumed from an IP desk endpoint in the event the Jabber client hangs up or exits.

Emergency call handling

Table 5 provides a sampling of the features supported by the service.

Table 5.             Emergency call handling features

Feature

Description

Identification of Caller Location to PSAPs

Associate an ELIN to an endpoint. ELIN to location mapping is used to update the Automatic Location Information (ALI) database. When an endpoint makes an emergency call, the PSAP can determine the location based on the ELIN set in the call signaling. The partner must update the ALI database.

Emergency Call-back to ELINs

The ELIN-to-endpoint association is maintained for a specific duration, during which the PSAP can call back the endpoint that made the emergency call.

Emergency Call Alerting

Helps onsite security to identify and assist emergency callers immediately, and to direct fire, police, or ambulance services.

Administration interfaces

Table 6 provides a sampling of the features supported by the service.

Table 6.            Administration interface features

Feature

Description

Administration Portal

This secure web portal enables partners and customers to administer and configure system and end-user features.

Self-Care Portal

This secure web portal enables end users to administer their assigned services.

HTTPS for Secure Web Access

Partner- and customer-accessible administrative and self-care portals provide secure HTTPS access using TLS.

LDAP

Support for Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) to synchronize with the Customer’s LDAP directory.

With this feature, end users are defined in the customer’s directory and synchronized into the Unified Communications application.

Currently supported LDAP directory repositories include:

  Microsoft Active Directory (AD)
  Microsoft Active Directory Application Mode (ADAM)
  Active Directory Lightweight Directory Service (AD LDS)
  Oracle Directory Server Enterprise Edition (DSEE)
  OpenLDAP and other LDAPv3 type repositories

Single Sign-On

SAML-based Single Sign On (SSO) for access to partner- and customer-accessible administrative and self-care portals. Single sign-on allows users to only authenticate once and be able to access multiple Cisco UCM Cloud portals without re-authentication.

Security

Table 7 provides a sampling of the features supported by the service.

Table 7.             Security features

Feature

Description

Security

  TLS 1.0, 1.1, or 1.2 support
  SIP audio and video encryption support
  Next-generation encryption support that includes Advanced Encryption Standard 256 (AES-256) Rivest-Shamir Adelman (RSA)- and Elliptic Curve Digital Signature Algorithm ECDSA-based cipher support for the Session Initiation Protocol/Secure Real-Time Transport Protocol (SIP/SRTP) interface
  Minimum TLS version control that allows an organization to deploy stronger security and to comply with standards such as PCI DSS by preventing negotiation of a lower TLS version
  Long-lived phone trust with ITL recovery certificate avoids device lock-out because of a trust break for scenarios such as host name change and other certificate regeneration

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