Virtualizing video conferencing for business
Date: Tue, 03/29/2011 - 12:54
Online services innovator Nefsis® published a white paper entitled "Virtualizing Video Conferencing for Business," highlighting the fundamental advantages of cloud computing versus standalone, installed-site video conferencing solutions.
Video conferencing usually falls under the management of corporate information technology (IT) departments, but traditional video conferencing products do not look, behave or act like most IT assets. They are dedicated, single-function devices with no provision for scalability or high availability.
The cloud-based video conferencing approach uses virtual conference servers, much like any "virtualized" application. The virtualized server approach fits today's managed service IT strategy better than standalone video conferencing systems that are islands of computing largely being left behind. Now, with a worldwide cloud of physical servers and evenly distributed virtual conference sessions, HD video conferencing finally fits into the procedures with which IT managers are so familiar: failover, scalability and load balancing.
In addition, the cloud-based approach dramatically simplifies activation and maintenance of a secure, company-wide video conferencing application. There are no infrastructure hardware components that are difficult to expand.
"Nefsis cloud computing complements or replaces aging video routers and multichannel units with easy to activate and maintain online services. Expanding a pure hardware-based multi-office video conferencing system often requires more video routers, quickly becoming a major project for IT. With cloud computing it's a license expansion and plugging in a few more peripherals, that's it," said Allen Drennan, Nefsis Chief Technology Officer. "Additionally, IT managers need not concern themselves with owning, maintaining and upgrading any particular piece of infrastructure hardware, resulting in a lower cost of ownership."