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Why Cisco WebEx? Compare Conferencing Solutions

Your employees, customers, and partners need to be able to connect and collaborate, at any time, from any location. The need for better meetings is universal, but not all conferencing tools are created equal. See how Cisco WebEx stacks up.

 

 

 

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Overall Feature Capabilities

Offers all meeting types including online meetings, training, events, webcasting, and support
Global availability with support for multiple languagesAvailable in 17 languagesLimited
Available in 17 languages
Meeting CapacityUp to 1,025 concurrent users in a single meeting, 3,000 for events, and more than 40,000 for webcastsLimitedDepends on the vendor
Up to 1,025 concurrent users in a single meeting, 3,000 for events, and more than 40,000 for webcastsDepends on the vendor
Free Trial OptionWithout time limitations and for up to three participantsLimitedSome impose time limitations for meetings with more than two participants
Without time limitations and for up to three participantsSome impose time limitations for meetings with more than two participants
MPEG4 recordingLimitedMost require recordings to be saved on host's computer and don't offer streaming options
Most require recordings to be saved on host's computer and don't offer streaming options
Content storage integrationBox, Dropbox, IBM Connections, Google, OneDriveSupport depends on the vendor
Box, Dropbox, IBM Connections, Google, OneDriveSupport depends on the vendor
Video-conferencing capabilities and the ability to join via video room devices for all meetingsWebEx video conferencing is included with Cisco WebEx at no extra chargeLimitedOther vendors charge extra or do not offer this capability
WebEx video conferencing is included with Cisco WebEx at no extra chargeOther vendors charge extra or do not offer this capability
Personal rooms with advanced featuresAuto-lock and auto-unlock with waiting room and per-user admittanceLimitedMost don't offer the feature breadth or deliver it as securely as WebEx
Auto-lock and auto-unlock with waiting room and per-user admittanceMost don't offer the feature breadth or deliver it as securely as WebEx
Cloud, hybrid, and on-premises deployment optionsNo other vendor offers all three options
No other vendor offers all three options
Ability to buy the service online

Industry-Leading Security

SecureMulti-layer security built with Cisco's industry-leading security expertiseLimited
Multi-layer security built with Cisco's industry-leading security expertise
Simple security to prevent unauthorized attendees from joining the meetingThe user simply locks their personal room so they can admit attendees when they're readyOther vendors offer passwords, which can be difficult to remember and use and risk security in general
The user simply locks their personal room so they can admit attendees when they're readyOther vendors offer passwords, which can be difficult to remember and use and risk security in general
Personal room auto-lockUsers can set their personal room to be locked in advanceUsers must remember to lock their room after attendees have joined the meeting
Users can set their personal room to be locked in advanceUsers must remember to lock their room after attendees have joined the meeting
Securing content or messages shared during a meetingIf content is shared during a Cisco WebEx meeting, it does not remain on the servers following the meeting.LimitedSome vendors' keep shared meeting content on their server even after the meeting has ended
If content is shared during a Cisco WebEx meeting, it does not remain on the servers following the meeting.Some vendors' keep shared meeting content on their server even after the meeting has ended
FedRAMP authorizedCisco WebEx meets the stringent requirements set forth by the U.S. federal governmentLimitedMost vendors do not meet this requirement
Cisco WebEx meets the stringent requirements set forth by the U.S. federal governmentMost vendors do not meet this requirement

Easy to join

One touch to start or join from any device
One button to push from mobile, desktop, phone, or video devicesLimitedDepends on the vendor
Depends on the vendor
No downloads or plug-ins required to joinWebex offers a native-browser-based join experience
Webex offers a native-browser-based join experience
Pair your mobile device with a room system to simplify joining a meetingCisco Intelligent Proximity is integrated into WebExLimitedDepends on the vendor
Cisco Intelligent Proximity is integrated into WebExDepends on the vendor
Touch ID sign-in from Apple iOS devicesLimitedDepends on the vendor
Depends on the vendor
Join from any standards-based device, even Microsoft Skype for Business, at no additional costOther vendors charge extra or do not offer this feature.
Other vendors charge extra or do not offer this feature.

Innovative Features

Team collaboration with anyone on any device. Persistent messaging, white boarding, file sharing with a choice of content storage vendors and moreCisco Spark is included for freeLimitedMost vendors do not offer this capability
Cisco Spark is included for freeMost vendors do not offer this capability
No downloads or plug-ins required to scheduleUsers simply type @webex into meeting location field of the invite and access details auto-populate, even on mobile devices
Users simply type @webex into meeting location field of the invite and access details auto-populate, even on mobile devices
Easy-to-remember secure personal room address for attendeesWebEx includes customizable vanity addresses for personal rooms.LimitedSome vendors offer personal rooms with random 10-digit numbers
WebEx includes customizable vanity addresses for personal rooms.Some vendors offer personal rooms with random 10-digit numbers
Join the meeting by having the conferencing service call you via videoWebEx will dial the user's video device
WebEx will dial the user's video device
Third-party headset mute integration to eliminate double muting
Background noise detection to reduce distractions during meetings
Native sharing from mobile devicesWith iOS 11LimitedMost do not meet this requirement.
With iOS 11Most do not meet this requirement.
Automatic dial-in and automatic call-back options for people using mobile devicesLimitedMost do not meet this requirement.
Most do not meet this requirement.

Industry-leading video

Global data centers to ensure high-quality video meetings wherever participants are locatedWebEx has a global architecture with data centers throughout the world, purpose-built for meetings. So users join via the closest data center, improving speed and performance.Other vendors force users to connect using the host's local data center, regardless of proximity, which affects video quality and meeting experience.
WebEx has a global architecture with data centers throughout the world, purpose-built for meetings. So users join via the closest data center, improving speed and performance.Other vendors force users to connect using the host's local data center, regardless of proximity, which affects video quality and meeting experience.
Best-in-class video desk and room systemsCisco has the broadest video endpoint portfolio in the industry with award-winning design.Other solutions require a multiple vendor approach.
Cisco has the broadest video endpoint portfolio in the industry with award-winning design.Other solutions require a multiple vendor approach.
Codecs, software, and hardware working togetherThe Cisco video experience combines award-winning design and ease of use to increase user adoption by optimizing video and providing detailed analytics.Others rely on use of third-party video devices and don't offer analytics.
The Cisco video experience combines award-winning design and ease of use to increase user adoption by optimizing video and providing detailed analytics.Others rely on use of third-party video devices and don't offer analytics.
Support users in a single meeting on web browsers, webcams, mobile devices, and standards-based SIP video endpoints, with up to 720p high definition in a single video conferenceOnly Web-Ex offers high-quality video across all devices in the same meeting
Only Web-Ex offers high-quality video across all devices in the same meeting
Move meeting from your mobile device to a room system or from a room system to mobile deviceCisco Intelligent Proximity is integrated into WebExLimitedDepends on the vendor
Cisco Intelligent Proximity is integrated into WebExDepends on the vendor

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