Cisco Unified Presence enabled applications connect to and require several additional Unified Communications components to be fully functional. In order to begin developing basic presence API apps, you will need to obtain the following:


  • Cisco Media Convergence Server (MCS) for Cisco Unified Presence server

     CUP Hardware Compatibility Matrix

  • Cisco MCS for Cisco Unified Communications Manager server

      CUCM Software/Hardware Compatibility Info

(Note, CUCM v5 and higher software can be installed into a Virtual Machine - such as VMWare - for development purposes)

Obtaining Unified CM running on VMWare

Cisco offers a fully functional version of Cisco Unified Communications Manager 6.0 licensed for development and test use only at a discounted price of US$547 that covers our costs. This product includes a license for 50 Device License Units, or DLUs. This version of the product runs only on the VMWare Player, which is available as a free download, and this SDK version of Unified Communications Manager comes with no warranties and no promised support.

To purchase this developer version of Cisco Unified Communications Manager 6.0, please use the link below to go to the Cisco Marketplace page for this SDK product. You will need a credit card to purchase this product.

      Cisco Marketplace


      CUP and CUCM Software Ordering

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To purchase Cisco hardware and software, contact your Cisco Account Manager

Discounts for some of the above hardware and software may be available for participants in the Cisco Technology Developer Program

Cisco recommends that all developers have an up-to-date Cisco Developer Services support agreement. This will provide the developer with access to professional support and assistance for application development.