Sjur Usken

Views on new technologies and business opportunities from Sjur Usken

Copy everything…. the Planet UMG-2000 and Cisco UC500


I’m a gadget person and I like cool technologies. I get a lot of e-mails with new products and I let my mind spin around this product how it can be used the best way and in which situations.

I do notice that there is a lot of copy products. All from an iPhone with dual SIM and a lot of other features not on the regular one, to one special that caught my eye, the Planet Unified Office Gateway (which IMHO is a UC500 copy…)

Some background:
Cisco is trying to capture the SMB market (In US it is probably just called the Small Business Market) with their Cisco Unified Communications 500 series. This product has everything in one unit and can be quite complex to sell and install, but gives the buyer (the business) most services in one unit.

Planet has then launced their own version of this “all-in-a-box” solution with their UMG-2000. It has a lot of the same features as well, but I haven’t seen the interface for admin or what firmware it is running on. But as in most cases, you get what you pay for. Wish both Planet and Cisco good luck!

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