Cisco Business Edition 6000 (discontinued) vs. Fuze

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Cisco Business Edition 6000 (discontinued)
Score 8.6 out of 10
N/A
Cisco Business Edition 6000 (BE6000) was a telephony and VoIP business phone with unified communications features from Cisco, targeted at SMBs. The product is discontinued, and superseded by functionality found in Cisco Webex Calling.N/A
Fuze
Score 6.2 out of 10
Enterprise companies (1,001+ employees)
Fuze is a cloud-based unified communications platform that includes IP PBX voice service, video conferencing, and collaboration tools such as content sharing and instant messaging capabilities. It also integrates with a wide range of popular CTI, CRM, and click-to-call solutions.
$15
per month
Pricing
Cisco Business Edition 6000 (discontinued)Fuze
Editions & Modules
No answers on this topic
US Outbound
$0.02
Per Minute
Fuze Meetings
$15
Per User/Per Month
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Cisco Business Edition 6000 (discontinued)Fuze
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeRequired
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
Cisco Business Edition 6000 (discontinued)Fuze
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
Cisco Business Edition 6000 (discontinued)Fuze
Cloud PBX
Comparison of Cloud PBX features of Product A and Product B
Cisco Business Edition 6000 (discontinued)
8.6
18 Ratings
8% above category average
Fuze
5.6
111 Ratings
35% below category average
Hosted PBX8.110 Ratings5.278 Ratings
Multi-level Interactive Voice Response (IVR)9.116 Ratings6.173 Ratings
User templates8.417 Ratings5.160 Ratings
Call reports8.34 Ratings6.292 Ratings
Directory of employee names9.116 Ratings5.5107 Ratings
Call Management
Comparison of Call Management features of Product A and Product B
Cisco Business Edition 6000 (discontinued)
8.8
21 Ratings
6% above category average
Fuze
6.6
107 Ratings
22% below category average
Answering rules8.819 Ratings7.099 Ratings
Call recording9.115 Ratings6.289 Ratings
Call park8.819 Ratings7.173 Ratings
Call screening8.920 Ratings00 Ratings
Message alerts8.419 Ratings6.393 Ratings
VoIP system collaboration
Comparison of VoIP system collaboration features of Product A and Product B
Cisco Business Edition 6000 (discontinued)
8.7
20 Ratings
9% above category average
Fuze
7.2
91 Ratings
10% below category average
Video conferencing9.119 Ratings7.177 Ratings
Audio conferencing8.920 Ratings7.290 Ratings
Video screen sharing8.21 Ratings00 Ratings
Instant messaging8.616 Ratings00 Ratings
Mobile apps
Comparison of Mobile apps features of Product A and Product B
Cisco Business Edition 6000 (discontinued)
7.3
15 Ratings
10% below category average
Fuze
8.0
103 Ratings
1% below category average
Mobile app for iOS7.315 Ratings8.094 Ratings
Mobile app for Android7.314 Ratings8.077 Ratings
Best Alternatives
Cisco Business Edition 6000 (discontinued)Fuze
Small Businesses
CloudTalk
CloudTalk
Score 9.3 out of 10
CloudTalk
CloudTalk
Score 9.3 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
CloudTalk
CloudTalk
Score 9.3 out of 10
CloudTalk
CloudTalk
Score 9.3 out of 10
Enterprises
Cisco Business Edition 7000 (discontinued)
Cisco Business Edition 7000 (discontinued)
Score 9.0 out of 10
Cisco Business Edition 7000 (discontinued)
Cisco Business Edition 7000 (discontinued)
Score 9.0 out of 10
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User Ratings
Cisco Business Edition 6000 (discontinued)Fuze
Likelihood to Recommend
8.6
(21 ratings)
6.4
(116 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
10.0
(1 ratings)
7.7
(20 ratings)
Usability
8.2
(1 ratings)
7.1
(12 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
8.9
(3 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(3 ratings)
Support Rating
9.4
(19 ratings)
7.4
(88 ratings)
In-Person Training
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(2 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(2 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(111 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
8.7
(3 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(3 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
7.8
(3 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
-
(0 ratings)
8.6
(3 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(3 ratings)
User Testimonials
Cisco Business Edition 6000 (discontinued)Fuze
Likelihood to Recommend
Discontinued Products
Cisco Business Edition 6000 (BE6000) is well suited on small and medium sites that need entry-level voice and IP telephony capabilities, together
with powerful, easy-to-use collaboration tools. However , if a single user interface or VMware servers are deal breakers for you, I suggest another call system will likely be a better fit.
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Fuze
Fuze has way more capability than we need for our small office so it might be best suited for large installations, call centers, and complex environments. Our office is small and our needs [are] minimal, so when we need support we are challenged to understand the support person due to our lack of technical sophistication. We sometimes feel like we should switch to a solution more geared for consumers or SOHO. Nevertheless, Fuze provides reliable service at [a] reasonable cost that meets our needs, and because support is rarely needed we are happy with them most of the time, i.e. when support isn't needed.
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Pros
Discontinued Products
  • provides phone support for many models of phones and conferencing devices
  • provides full telephony support for pretty much any phone requirement including call centre options
  • 911 service dialing options and tracking
  • bundle pricing on voice, phone and server licensing
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Fuze
  • Support Team - the best I have ever worked with. They help 24/7 on any issue I could come across. Usually it is an item I could fix myself and they fix it and show me how to fix the same issue if I have it in the future.
  • Contact Center - We do Commercial Collections involving Sales and Collections. We have 50 people on the phone at one time. Contact Center lets a Manager listen live and gives help if the rep needs help selling or collecting.
  • Pandemic 2020 - without Fuze we would have been unable to work for 3 months. They saved our "rears" since we already had all their services up and running for years.
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Cons
Discontinued Products
  • Include tools for inter-cluster migration, currently these are provided by 3rd parties
  • Improve the software upgrade process by automating the pre-upgrade and post-upgrade checks
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Fuze
  • Desktop application stability and compatibility with certain hardware.
  • Better installation - Per-user and per-computer installs sometimes compete with one another and/or upgrades fail to install.
  • [The] desktop app is not best for touchscreen-enabled devices due to lack of ability to scroll through messages using a finger or stylus.
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Likelihood to Renew
Discontinued Products
Happy with Cisco Business Edition 6000 (BE6000); works great for us and costs to maintain it are well in hand. it also fits our current and future requirements going forward.
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Fuze
Fuze is a solid application that is a great asset to the business for our sales staff to make daily calls to clients and candidates. Managers can monitor call data and times to keep up to date with team performance, as well as monitor calls for users on their team. The Fuze/MS Teams integration is an exciting prospect that would be very beneficial to us as a business, for seamless integration between the 2 platforms.
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Usability
Discontinued Products
BE6K [is] not just a bare metal server ,it is [a] complete solution with its own management tools.
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Fuze
Fuze was built with the end-user in mind. It was built to have a common interface on mobile and desktop. Fuze Web is new, and it also has the exact same interface as the desktop and mobile, and they are still working on the ability to make phone calls from the browser itself, currently it can do meetings just fine. Everything about Fuze was built with the end-user in mind.
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Reliability and Availability
Discontinued Products
No answers on this topic
Fuze
We've had a few outages over the past year. More than other vendors I've used. They usually have outages fixed within an hour. The downside is they do not provide root cause of outages. If they do at takes them at least a month to get it to you
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Performance
Discontinued Products
No answers on this topic
Fuze
Since Fuze runs across multiple devices and platforms they really strived to make a lightweight interface that is optimized for phone calls, chat, and collaboration. The web client loads fast, the chat is always up-to-date, phone calls arrive on-time. The desktop client is the most feature rich and basically it just adds desktop sharing functionality as well as VoIP for calling, and the mobile client doesn't consume a lot of battery, and it stays running to get phone calls, chats, and can do meetings over Wifi, Cellular Data, or Cellular voice.
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Support Rating
Discontinued Products
Overall, the product provides excellent value for money. Our employees may interact at the same time on the Cisco Business Edition 6000 without disrupting the conversation. We have a significant number of employees that perform the same thing with calls, texting, and presence, and none of them have an issue.
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Fuze
Our experience with Fuze support has been overall very positive. Their technicians seem to be well trained and able to handle a variety of requests and issues without unnecessary delays or extensive troubleshooting. Fuze allows enough customer access to avoid the need to call support for every little issue but is ready to assist when issues are beyond our capabilities to resolve.
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In-Person Training
Discontinued Products
No answers on this topic
Fuze
At many of our sites with more than 50 users, Fuze sent someone onsite to train. This worked surprisingly well, as the trainer allowed the users to set the pace and answered TONS of questions. Fuze has a very streamlined training process, their staff is very professional, very knowledgeable and very engaging.
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Online Training
Discontinued Products
No answers on this topic
Fuze
Fuze has vast amounts of training videos and guides on how to use its products and services. There are literally endless-hours of training and I often point end-users to a particular video which addresses the specific needs of the user, for example: how to check voicemail. Or, how to share your desktop, etc.
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Implementation Rating
Discontinued Products
No answers on this topic
Fuze
Personally, I didn't have any trouble getting started with Fuze. It was installed on my computer on my first day and I was good to go! Little to no hiccups. I was not with the company when they first adapted Fuze so I can not speak to the implementation as a whole.
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Alternatives Considered
Discontinued Products
Both Mitel and [Cisco Business Edition 6000 (BE6000)] allow the benefit of virtualization. If desired you could have an entirely virtual system. Cisco handles the virtualization a little better, however Mitel MiCollab is easier to integrate presence and calls. Cisco underlying architecture seems to be a little more stable, Mitel seems to be a little more user friendly. There are pros and cons and both are good solutions.
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Fuze
Fuze was far more expensive and more complicated to set up. Our current platform took a few days to set up with SSO. Our contact center took a bit longer but works amazingly.
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Scalability
Discontinued Products
No answers on this topic
Fuze
Fuze does have scalability limits but most of that is how many end-points they can put on a virtual PBX, or VCX as they call them, I THINK its limit is somewhere between 2,000 and 5,000, but we've not had issues with that because we have put users into various VCXs some by location, some by department or function. Either way, we have 7,000 currently deployed, and are going to end up with over 15,000 when we are done, Fuze is VERY scalable.
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Return on Investment
Discontinued Products
  • Been easy to scale as our business has grown and from acquisitions
  • Been pretty easy to maintain the software and upgrade it over its lifetime to date
  • Software and license renewals are pretty straight forward
  • Adding newer model hardware to the system is pretty straight forward
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Fuze
  • We receive constant negative feedback from mangers about the system not functioning correctly. (This is mainly due to lack of support from Fuze)
  • This has had a positive impact in that the system is cheaper and we are missing less calls due to the functionality of the system.
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