Cisco Hosted Unified Communications Services vs. Lumen Unified Communications & Collaboration

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Cisco Hosted Unified Communications Services
Score 10.0 out of 10
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Cisco offers hosted unified communications as a service.N/A
Lumen Unified Communications & Collaboration
Score 7.0 out of 10
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Lumen Unified Communications and Collaboration (UC&C) (formerly CenturyLink) combine adaptive networking with a portfolio of technologies on a secure global network with end-to-end support. The UC&C portfolio includes cloud, hosted, and fully managed services built on best-in-class applications that can be sold, provisioned, and managed as a solution, wrapped with a customer success practice. Lumen UC&C Solutions: • Cisco WebEx delivered by Lumen - online meetings with integrated…N/A
Pricing
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Cisco Hosted Unified Communications ServicesLumen Unified Communications & Collaboration
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Community Pulse
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Top Pros

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Top Cons
Best Alternatives
Cisco Hosted Unified Communications ServicesLumen Unified Communications & Collaboration
Small Businesses
Nextiva
Nextiva
Score 9.2 out of 10
Nextiva
Nextiva
Score 9.2 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
Nextiva
Nextiva
Score 9.2 out of 10
Nextiva
Nextiva
Score 9.2 out of 10
Enterprises
Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
Score 8.8 out of 10
Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
Score 8.8 out of 10
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User Ratings
Cisco Hosted Unified Communications ServicesLumen Unified Communications & Collaboration
Likelihood to Recommend
8.2
(1 ratings)
7.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Cisco Hosted Unified Communications ServicesLumen Unified Communications & Collaboration
Likelihood to Recommend
Cisco
It is well suited for: Clients with call managers that want to continue using Cisco and want to minimize the new CAPEX. Clients that want to outsource the platform management and support. Clients that have a variation on the number of extensions. Although, Cisco HCS, is a solution that has a higher opex than the ones supported in ISP IP Centrex.
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Lumen Technologies (formerly CenturyLink)
While I am happy with the service, it does leave something to be desired. The MPLS circuit connection has been very stable and I am very happy with its uptime. I am also quite happy with the calling plans. I have been able to cut back on costs with the design they have. Support is the reason for the lower score.
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Pros
Cisco
  • VoIP best practices
  • UC and IM
  • Centralized management and provisioning
  • Reduced OPEX/CAPEX in the implementation
  • Security and integration with other UC platforms using SIP (Except Lync)
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Lumen Technologies (formerly CenturyLink)
  • MPLS circuits
  • Domestic calling plans
  • International calling plans
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Cons
Cisco
  • Integration with contact center plaforms
  • Integration with other UC platforms
  • Lower the tennant size and clusters capacity
  • Cisco's pressure to buy more and more licences, even not having a stale client pipeline (From the ISP point of view)
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Lumen Technologies (formerly CenturyLink)
  • Cleaner invoices
  • Easier access to support
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Alternatives Considered
Cisco
Cisco HCS platform is to be seen as a centralized UC platforms, that can be scalable as an IP Centrex solution and as rich in functionalities as a Cisco CUCM. If you're looking for a solution and your main focus is IM & P functionalities rather than voice, Lync is a good solution. If your focus is voice and telephony, Cisco is a better solution
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Lumen Technologies (formerly CenturyLink)
We do not use any other products.
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Return on Investment
Cisco
  • Reduces the need to have a higher CAPEX in order to buy all the licenses at the start of the project.
  • The licensing is perpetual, the only associated cost with the licenses are SWSS.
  • Desktop sharing isn't a functionality.
  • Cisco SMB series can be used only with the higher cost licensing (Foundation/Standard).
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Lumen Technologies (formerly CenturyLink)
  • Outstanding uptime
  • Good value
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