No More Small Business UC
Uncategorized / July 23, 2013

A co-worker of mine forwarded me an e-mail earlier today that stated that Cisco was going to discontinue their UC300, UC500 and BE3000 series of products.  You can see the EOL notices here: UC 500:  http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps7293/prod_eol_notices_list.html UC 300:  http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps10782/prod_eol_notices_list.html BE3000: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/prod/collateral/voicesw/ps6788/vcallcon/ps11370/end_of_life_notice_c51-729019.html If you read through the documents you will see that in addition to killing off these products, Cisco has also provided no real replacement product for this.  This decision has effectively removed Cisco from the S portion of the SMB market.  Several thoughts went through my head when this announcement came out and I thought that I would hash them out here. Thank you If I am totally honest, the first thought that went through my head was thank you.  I work for a Cisco partner and while our primary focus has not been the SMB line of products, we did have some customers out there that were using the UC5XX and UC3XX line of products (more the former than the latter).  While the 5XX series products were OK, that’s about all I could say about them.  Cisco would not support them if you configured from the command line instead of the GUI, even though there were still some…