There are SO many choices when it comes to video conferencing, and with choices come WORDS!  You might ask, “What do all these terms mean and how are they relevant to me?  I just want a video conferencing solution that works for my users and me!”  I’ve been asked so many times about this and thought, “Why not put together a list of 10 must-need-to-know terms in the world of VC.” 

Here is my Top 10 list:

Cisco Conferencing Vocabulary

  1. CMR = Collaboration Meeting Room – sometimes VMR or Virtual Meeting Room, an always available ‘meetme’ video address.  Can be on-prem or in the cloud – it’s just a uniform resource identifier or URI.  CMR or CMR rooms are generic terms, but specific designs using CMR’s are explained below.
  1. PMP = Personal Multiparty – Cisco license used to create CMR Rooms. Marketing term that actually equates to multiple ‘real device’ licenses such as screen licenses (below) or conductor (Cisco conference resource manager) licenses. The ‘Freemium’ pricing model comes in two flavors: basic ‘restricted’ version and ‘advanced’ unrestricted version.
  1. Screen License = Also known as a ‘port license’ on a video bridge. 1 screen license = 1 HD 720p connection.
  1. RMS license = Rich Media License is a license running on an Expressway-Core or Expressway-Edge server that looks like a “traversal license” and enables a business-to-business video call.  Typically sold two at a time, one going on the EXPWY-C one on the EXPWY-E.
  1. TPS (or TS) = Telepresence Server can refer to appliance hardware or software.  This is the preferred Cisco Video Bridge and can sometimes be called an MCU.  In the case of Virtual Telepresence Server (vTS), it is software only running under a VMware hypervisor.  vTS software can run on customer-provided hardware or the Cisco 400-V, a specific configuration of a UCS-C220 that has been tested in Cisco’s performance lab to meet higher scalability than the spec-based VTS.
  1. Conductor = Cisco Conference Conductor is a conference and resource management platform required for most Telepresence Servers.  It monitors every connection to a TPS and provides resource and license optimization.  (Lower speed connections use fractions of licenses.)  It also enables on-prem CMR functionality by converting personal CMR addresses (URI aliases) to real-conference instances.
  1. CMR Premise = A collaboration meeting room on-prem is a solution that requires multiple components working together to provide an easy-to-use personal CMR address for any user.  It requires a Conductor, TPS and TMS. TMS provides the self-service user portal for CMR configuration such as PIN numbers.
  1. CMR Hybrid = an approach or solution that will combine an on-prem meeting on the TPS with a Cisco WebEx meeting.  Two meetings are happening at the same time and are connected together.  The TPS meeting acts as a ‘proxy’ and aggregates on-prem video connections so that only one connection to WebEx is needed.  Requires that scheduling be done through TMS and cannot be scheduled using WebEx tools.
  1. CMR Cloud = a paid add-on option to an existing WebEx account that enables two new features.  The WebEx account gets a personal URI (the CMR address) that is a permanent/persistent WebEx meeting.  And second, any WebEx meeting created by that user account will also have a SIP URI associated that can be directly dialed by a video endpoint.
  1. Multisite vs Multipoint = both refer to conference calls with multiple participants.  Multipoint is a generic term referring to a call with multiple participants.  Multisite specifically refers to a licensed feature available on some endpoints that allow for multiple call legs to be created from that endpoint.  The multisite feature cannot be managed or scheduled and multipoint calls using that feature must originate from that endpoint.

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