Cerium & Cisco: Work From Home Offers

Cisco Work From Home Offers

To support our customers as they formulate business continuity plans and scale out their ability to support work from home, we’re teaming with Cisco and taking the following proactive steps to help companies manage the business impact and keep employees safe during this evolving situation.

 

  • Free Webex Enterprise trial
  • Flexible Expansion for Existing Customers
  • Webex Implementation Offer ONLY From Cerium
  • Free Webex Personal Account – Provisioned Instantly – No Financial Commitment
  • Cisco and Vbrick Providing Free Events for Customers
  • Cisco Umbrella Extended User Limits or Free Licensing
  • Cisco Duo Security Extended User Limits or Free Licensing
  • AnyConnect Security Mobility Client Extended User Limits or Free Licensing
  • Cisco Security Implementation Offer ONLY From Cerium

COLLABORATION OFFERS

These offers will be available from now until July 1, 2020

Webex Implementation Offer ONLY from Cerium

If you purchase implementation through Cerium for the 90-day Webex trial and then purchase Webex as a permanent collaboration solution for your organization, we will provide a credit on the initial order of 40% off the implementation services.

Free Webex Enterprise Trial – No Financial Commitment

For organizations looking to provide host meeting accounts to employees and require centralized administrative management and reporting capabilities:

  • Full featured HD video meetings, content sharing, recording
  • Unlimited meeting and webinars with up to 200 participants
  • Toll-Dial and VoIP Audio
  • Desktop and Mobile app experience
  • Webex Teams unlimited messaging
  • Microsoft Exchange Calendar, Directory Sync, SSO
  • Analytics and Troubleshooting dashboard
  • Device Registration
  • 90 day duration
Flexible Expansion for Existing Customers

For existing customers with active Webex subscriptions, we are making it easy for them to expand their subscription on a temporary basis. Cisco is announcing the Cisco Webex COVID-19 Surplus Usage Waiver Period for Webex Meetings subscriptions. The initial Cisco Webex COVID-19 Surplus Usage Waiver Period is February 1, 2020 through May 31, 2020. Cisco at its sole discretion may decide to extend the Cisco Webex COVID-19 Surplus Usage Waiver Period beyond May 31, 2020. 

Cisco and Vbrick Providing Free Events for Customers

Many of our customers have had to cancel or postpone physical events due to COVID-19 Cisco is responding by delivering free events offers with partner Vbrick. Cisco/Vbrick are offering either 3 free live events up to 500 participants (Internet video delivery) OR 1 free live event up to 5,000 participants (Internet video delivery)

In addition, Cisco Webex Events up to 200 users can be supported via the Enterprise trials offer for Webex Meetings. Cisco Webex Events can also support events up to 3000 participants with applicable subscription.
Learn more here: Vbrick Offer Registration form  |  How to Stream Your Cisco Webex Meetings to Vbrick

*NEW* Cisco Offering Webex Events 3000 Free to Customers

In addition to above joint offer with Vbrick, Cisco is also extending offer of providing Webex Events 3000 to customers for free. One month of service is provided for one (1) Named User and must be renewed and approved if extension needed. Webex Audio (if required) can be added at Standard Discounts. Of course, customer can choose to use VoIP only at no cost if they choose to. 

 

SECURITY OFFERS

These offers will be available from now until July 1, 2020

Cisco Security Implementation Offer ONLY From Cerium

Cerium is offering 40% off implementation services for Cisco Umbrella, Duo, and AnyConnect.

Cisco AnyConnect Extended User Limits or Free Licensing

Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client empowers employees to work from anywhere on company laptops or personal mobile devices. It also provides the visibility and control security teams need to identify who and which devices are accessing their infrastructure. Existing AnyConnect customers can exceed their user limit to support an increase in remote workers, and new customers can access a free license. To get started, simply fill out this form and your Cerium account executive will reach out to you immediately.

Cisco Duo Security Extended User Limits or Free Licensing

Duo Security enables organizations to verify users’ identities and establish device trust before granting access to applications. By employing a zero-trust model, it decreases the attack surface and reduces risk. With this offer, existing customers can exceed their user limit to support an increase in remote workers, and new customers can access a free license.

Cisco Umbrella Extended User Limits or Free Licensing

Cisco Umbrella protects users from malicious Internet destinations whether they are on or off the network. Because it is delivered from the cloud, Umbrella makes it easy to protect users everywhere in minutes. With this offer, existing customers can exceed their user limit to support an increase in remote workers, and new customers can access a free license.

DATA CENTER

These offers will be available from now until July 1, 2020

Cisco Security Implementation Offer ONLY From Cerium

Supporting Remote Workers  Computing Bundle Offer
HyperFlex VDI Bundle + Intersight Essentials

Cisco is providing a set of data center offerings that will help customers manage and rapidly expand their virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) including a new, pre-configured HyperFlex bundle with prioritized shipping, and free Intersight management for 180 days.  For many companies, supporting the increasing demand for remote workers while minimizing disruption will require the addition or rapid expansion of existing compute infrastructure. To help, Cisco is releasing special HyperFlex (HX) pre-configured VDI bundles with prioritized* 2 week lead times. This Cisco architecture for a quick start 500-seat VDI configuration is now available and includes:

  • Three Cisco HyperFlex HXAF220-M5SX All-Flash nodes
  • One Cisco HyperFlex HX-C220-M5SX Compute-only node
  • A pair of Cisco’s 4th-generation fabric interconnects
  • 180-day free trial to Cisco Intersight Essentials for bundle buyers (non-bundle purchases are still eligible for current 90-day Intersight Essentials promotion)
  • Bundles will be prioritized for 2-week lead times
  • Prioritize shipments of HyperFlex nodes and UCS servers for healthcare and public sector customers.

Preconfigured HXAF220-M5SX and HX-C220-M5SX expansion nodes are also available for existing HX environments. These offers will be available globally from now until July 31, 2020.

Cisco’s VDI ecosystem partners, Citrix and VMware have their own quick start user license bundles that can be used together with the HyperFlex infrastructure.

Additionally, to help IT teams monitor and manage their infrastructure anywhere, anytime, Cisco is augmenting the VDI bundle with a 180-day free trial of their Cisco Intersight Essentials edition. Cisco Intersight is a cloud-based SaaS tool that lets you manage all your HyperFlex and UCS devices from anywhere through a single pane of glass. Cisco Intersight enables real-time monitoring, proactive intelligence, and connected support (Connected TAC). The Essentials edition provides you even more exclusive features and access to the Intersight mobile app on iOS and Android.

Call your Cerium account team today to get started.

Frequently Asked Questions

Free Webex Enterprise Trials - What are the details?

Free Webex Enterprise Trials can be initiated through an authorized and participating Webex partners such as Cerium Networks.  Cerium has a speciall offer: If you purchase implementation through Cerium for the 90-day Webex trial and then purchase Webex as a permanent collaboration solution for your organization, we will provide a credit on the initial order of 40% off the implementation services.

 

What’s included in Free Webex Enterprise Trials?

  • Cisco Webex Meetings 200
  • Cisco Webex Events 200
  • Cisco Webex Training 200
  • Cisco Webex Support 5
  • Toll Named User Plus (TNU+)
  • Cisco Webex Teams

 

How long are Free Webex Enterprise Trials?
Webex Enterprise Trials can be initiated for 30, 60, or 90 days. Free Webex Enterprise Trials can be extended for 30 days. The 30-day extension should be granted BEFORE trial expiration. Once a trial expires, there is a 30-day grace period. After the 30-day grace period, users will revert to the consumer organization and will have free Webex Teams with 3-party team meeting capabilities.

How many users are included in a Free Webex Enterprise Trial?
Up to 1,000 users are allowed in a Free Webex Enterprise Trial. If you need more than 1,000 users in a Free Webex Enterprise Trial, please use the exception request form.

As we think about moving our employees to remote work, what scaling efforts has Webex taken to support us?

Webex cloud is always ready to handle for peak usage, continually expanding capabilities both in the infrastructure as well as engaged with the carriers we depend on worldwide. The Webex backbone is Global and this connected mesh helps provide multi-tenant meetings capabilities with users joining from the closest node for the best optimized experience.  With the advent of COVID-19, Webex Cloud Engineering Teams has seen a spike since the first week of February 2020, hitting as much as 22X times increase in network traffic resulting from users in China connecting to their global workplaces. Webex has seen a record February already, far more in global meeting minutes than January. (seasonally, Webex does more minutes in January than February).

In order to handle the expected traffic as well as to support both free and expanded usage, Cisco have taken the following steps:

  1. Expanded our Cloud services capacity and infrastructure to support the expanded work from home scenarios that our customers may choose to roll out.
  2.  Expanded our network connectivity worldwide to support peak load scenarios, working with carriers.
  3. Rolled out guidance for IT organizations on the 5 steps they need to take to get ready for work from home.Our  Cisco’s global operations group is monitoring traffic, usage hourly to make optimizations as needed.
As IT, how can I prepare for this remote work move?

Please visit Webex IT Admin Advice Page, offering technical guidance and best practices for setting a team up to work. remotelyhttps://www.webex.com/webexcovid19.html

How do I keep my business secure as more people work from home or a remote location, without direct access to the corporate network?
Remote work requires more than just installing technology. Companies must adapt business processes, management practices, and culture to take full advantage of its many benefits. Cisco Webex Meetings helps enable global employees and virtual teams to meet and collaborate in real time as though they were working in the same room. Businesses, institutions, and government agencies worldwide rely on Cisco Webex to simplify business processes and improve results for sales, marketing, training, project management, and support teams. For all organizations and their users, security is a fundamental concern and any remote work solution must provide multiple levels of security; from scheduling meetings to authenticating participants to sharing content.

Cisco Webex Meetings provides a secure environment, yet it can be configured as an open place to collaborate. Understanding the security features as site administrators and end users can allow you to tailor your Webex site to your business needs.

You can integrate your identity management technology with Cisco Webex to allow single sign-on and give you full control over account management and access policies. This can be coupled with multi-factor authentication enabling a borderless work experience.

Are there any shipping delays with our video devices?

Currently, we are at normal lead times for video device orders.  Cisco is doing everything possible to manufacture devices to satisfy the increased demand, but we highly recommend your customers order their needed devices (video endpoints, phones & headsets) early as capacity is limited and lead times could change quickly

Talk with a Cerium Expert

Your Cerium account team is prepared to discuss with you how these offers could benefit you. If you would like to better understand your options, give us a call or fill out the following form to get in touch.

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