Comcast Business Tucks Another App Into Its Cloud

AnyMeeting Joins Operator’s ‘Upware’ Lineup

Comcast Business has added AnyMeeting, a Web conferencing service tailored for small businesses, to Upware, the division's recently launched cloud-based app marketplace.

Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, but Upware now lets its business service customers purchase or get on-demand access to AnyMeeting via its cloud-based platform.

Comcast said the arrangement marks the first time AnyMeeting’s full-featured conference offering is available “as-a-service” by a telecom channel partner. The service itself offers six-way video conferencing, VoIP audio conferencing, screen sharing, presentation sharing, recording and mobile access.

“Maintaining a productive workplace is not easy for SMB owners because their business pulls them in so many different directions,” said Kevin O’Toole, senior vice president/general manager, New Business Solutions at Comcast Business, in a statement. “Comcast is in a unique position to help by offering cloud-based solutions like AnyMeeting, through the Upware marketplace, that have been properly vetted and meet our high standards. We do all of the research and evaluation on the front end so entrepreneurs don’t have to.”

Comcast launched Upware in February 2013.

Other services and apps offered in the Comcast-curated Upware store include Cisco’s WebEx Meeting Center; DocuSign; backup products from Carbonite, GlobeXData and Mozy; data security offerings from Symantec and Websense; and collaboration tools from Box (online storage), Microsoft (Web collaboration), Soonr (online filing sharing) and Hightail (document collaboration); DigitalSafe (hosted management and security of passwords, notes and documents); Signature Support (hosted IT support);  Websense (cloud security); Maax (email onboarding).