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With Cisco reorganization, what does future hold for umi?

April 18, 2011 | Howard Lichtman


Cisco announced that it will exit part of its consumer business and realign its operations. As part of the move, the company will close down its Flip video camera business (with plans to support current FlipShare customers and partners with a transition plan) and move the Cisco umi products and service into the company's Business TelePresence product line. 

Cisco launched umi in October 2010 as a high-end alternative for consumer telepresence, using the living room HDTV as part of the system. With the reorganization, Cisco will focus on key priorities that include core routing, switching and services; collaboration; architectures; and video.

Cisco isn't entirely abandoning the consumer market, since it will keep its Home Networking business (based largely on product that have or came from the Linksys acquisition in 2003) along with the video business it acquired when it bought Scientific Atlanta in 2005. However, its move leaves open opportunities for other consumer telepresence providers like Logitech, Google and Skype to capture additional market share.

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