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MCU and Telepresence Server Feature Comparison sheet

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Comparison of Features Across Multipoint Devices

Feature
TelePresence Server
MCU
Comments

SIP and H.323 support

Yes

Yes

TelePresence Multipoint Switch uses SIP for initial call setup, but then relies on TIP to negotiate media

TIP support

Yes

No

Allows multi-screen telepresence immersive endpoints to switch screens intelligently

CMR Hybrid

Yes

Yes

Integration with WebEx Cloud, allowing two-way video, two-way audio, and content sharing between video and WebEx participants

Individual transcoding

Yes

Yes

The ability to support full range of SD and HD resolutions

TelePresence Management Suite scheduling

Yes

Yes

Multipoint device can have conferences created and scheduled via TelePresence Management Suite

ActivePresence

Yes

No

While MCU does not support ActivePresence, it does have a similar layout (large window for active speaker and smaller PiPs for other endpoints)

Custom layouts

Yes

Yes

Ability for users to change the experience on their endpoint only during an active meeting

VIP or Important Mode

Yes

Yes

Ability to designate a particular endpoint as the VIP or Important person and have that person always shown regardless of active speaker

Director controls

No

No

Allows the mapping and locking of a specific endpoint source to a specific endpoint destination.

Clustering

Yes

Yes

Clustering on TelePresence Server or MCU requires TelePresence Server MSE 8710 or TelePresence MCU MSE 8510 blades on MSE 8000 Series chassis

Cascading

Yes

Yes

Ability to combine two separate conferences on two separate devices to increase overall scale

Lecture Mode

No

Yes

Identifies the "lecturer" based on active speaker. The MCU presents a different layout to the lecturer than the other participants see.

Content sharing

Yes

Yes

TelePresence supports TIP auto-collaborate channel, H.239, and SIP BFCP. MCU supports only H.239 and SIP BFCP.

Auto attendant

Yes

Yes

TelePresence Server requires this to be enabled on per-meeting basis via scheduling or management device

Resource Optimization

Yes

No

Ability for the conference bridge to return unused resources back to the pool (requires TelePresence Conductor)

Virtualization Support

Yes

No

TelePresence Server software can run on a virtualized platform, an appliance, or a blade inside a chassis.

Reference

http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/td/docs/voice_ip_comm/cucm/srnd/collab11/collab11/confernc.html

HTH

Manish

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