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Communications specialist Cisco Systems announced the launch of two Unified Communications (UC) platforms aimed at small to medium-size businesses (SMBs). The company also announced a global sales productivity initiative called Cisco Partner Advisor, with agents available to give Select and Registered partners immediate and personalized sales support to accelerate sales, as well as extending Cisco WebEx Meeting Center to its midmarket partners.

The UC 300 Series is a complete collaboration system aimed at companies with two to 24 users needs for business-class networking and voice communications. The platform is designed to help small businesses take advantage of IP telephony to reduce phone costs and boost employee productivity. It includes built-in data and wireless support, along with features such as voicemail and automated attendant. In addition, three-year, zero percent financing is available from Cisco Capital in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. for the UC300 Series through the end of July 2011.

The UC Manager Business Edition 3000 is an economical platform designed for growing mid-size businesses, and supports a capacity of 300 users across 10 sites. The system offers an intuitive user interface and features like voice mail, conferencing, the ability to park or hold calls, auto attendant, and standard mobility features like single number reach, extension mobility, and tele-worker support to connect business calls and voice mail messages to employees anywhere they choose to work.

The Unified SIP Phone 3905 is an IP-based phone that integrates with the Unified CM Business Edition 3000 and includes fixed keys for redial, transfer, hold and resume, speakerphone, volume toggle, and a PC switch port to reduce cabling installation requirements. Reza Khorramian, vice president of sales for Business Communications Solution, a Cisco certified small business and advanced UC partner, said after a brief introduction and training on the UC Manager Business Edition 3000, they installed it with a live network connection to the public telephone network.

For more, read the eWeek article: Cisco Debuts Two Unified Communications Platforms.