Well, sorry all – looks like we had a little bit of misinformation about the plans to expand the capabilities of the UC 500 to support 96 users. We were recently sent the correct information about the upcoming capabilities directly from the UC 500 product manager at Cisco. It reads:
“As part of continued interest to offer flexibility to our SMB market, Cisco plans to introduce license-based “user count” upgrades for all the currently shipping Cisco Unified Communications 500 Series. This enhancement would allow a field deployed 8 user version (desktop form factor) of the Unified 500 Series to be upgraded to the 16 user version. Similarly, the 24, 32 user systems, available in the 19” rack mount form factor, can be upgraded to the 32 and 48 user version of the system.”
So – not as good as the ability to scale to 96, but even still – nice to know that you can upgrade your system from 8 to 16, or 16 to 32, etc… with a simple software upgrade, and NO NEW hardware! Yet another advantage a fully digital system of this type has! More info to come.