Video Teleconferencing in the Cloud

Plan Before You Start


by Andrew McCaskey

AUSTIN, TX – Professional grade video conferencing is experiencing a transition from dedicated infrastructure to virtualized central systems. Rafi Anuar, Product Manager at LifeSize, a Division of Logitech, says that dedicated room sized systems and cloud-based computer systems for video conferencing seem to be co-existing nicely.

Cloud solutions have not only reduced the barrier to entry, removing a large up-front capital commitment, allowing customers of many types to try professional, but also permit self-service provisioning and operation, reducing the admin and service people expense of traditional systems.

However, unrealistic expectations for cloud systems may exist among executive audiences who have become accustomed to full feature dedicated systems. Dedicated systems are feature rich and customizable – where cloud systems are often fixed in capability. This may create issues in integration with existing systems and difficulty in providing the feature set that executives may consider to be “normal”.

Cloud systems are able to provide high levels of availability due to dispersed deployment and reduncency and a highly skilled technical workforce dedicated to insuring high levels of videoconferencing system availability and performance. In contrast, on-premise systems are often supported by IT specialists that have other responsibilities and skill focus.

Resources at will help Enterprise IT architects evaluate their specific needs and determine how Cloud Computing can be used to optimize video conferencing in their organization and acheive business results.