Archive for May, 2014

Wainhouse Research Interviews with Larry Dorie, the RHUB CEO on Unified Communications & Collaboration

May 16th, 2014

We decided to offer a concurrent use licensing approach. We want everyone in an organization that could benefit from real-time collaboration tools to have access to them. A floating license allows customers to enable as many team members as they wish to have access to the system — the contention is concurrent usage, not seat licenses.

The following article is an excerpt from The Wainhouse Research Bulletin Vol. 15 #10. Download here.

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Using RHUB`s Web Conferencing Servers for Private Cloud Transactions

May 15th, 2014

The eagerness of cloud providers to sell services helps enterprises to negotiate best-in-class transactions and obtain market-leading services. Private cloud installations are an increasingly common component of enterprises’ data center strategies. They complement traditional data center infrastructure and public cloud services, such as Amazon Web Services, Google Compute Engine, and Microsoft Azure.

Private cloud installations are essentially a DIY version of public cloud services. Through the integration of layers of networking abstraction and hardware, private clouds give businesses the benefit of being able to provide and scale resources in a more dynamic manner than is possible with hardware-based computing solutions. Compared to public cloud computing, a private cloud is hosted within the enterprise’s firewalls or with an external third-party provider. When handled correctly, a private cloud gives businesses the ability to benefit from cost savings over traditional hardware-centric setups while also offering increased flexibility, and more privacy and security.

To build a private cloud, an enterprise purchases and then, on its own or through third-party providers, installs, hosts and operates dedicated equipment, network facilities and software designed to provide internal business units and customers. While the benefits of a private cloud are undeniable, this new frontier is not without its challenges. When planning for and constructing a private cloud, it is imperative that companies consider their own goals.

RHUB web conferencing servers are perfectly suitable for a private cloud stack, as it provides a dedicated hardware platform, which runs software to provide an organization with facilities for hosting online meetings. Using RHUB cloud solutions, businesses can be assured of security, as infrastructure is not shared and performance and compliance is guaranteed.

Private cloud hosting environment has network switching which can either be shared or dedicated. By utilizing a shared network environment, costs can be reduced with little significant impact on application performance.

RHUB`s web conferencing servers in relation with private cloud computing provides the following benefits to enterprises:

• Secured hosting and more secure meetings
• Quick and reliable means of hosting online meetings from the cloud stack
• Flexibility of use
• Customization of the software as per your requirements
• One time purchase price, own it for lifetime.

Moving to private cloud hosting offers many benefits to today’s enterprises, such as freeing IT departments from day-to-day maintenance and support. The latest forecasts indicate that growth within the private cloud market explode in the future as more companies recognize that the private cloud serves as the next logical step in the world of IT. By the year 2020, the global cloud market is anticipated to reach $241 billion. By first deciding upon your goals and selecting a private cloud solution to meet your needs, it is possible to take full advantage of the many benefits offered by the latest evolution in cloud computing.

With the right service provider, such as using RHUB`s web conferencing servers, a private cloud can be an excellent driver of business growth and customer satisfaction. For more information about RHUB products, visit http://www.rhubcom.com or call on 866-758-0984

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Get Maximum attendance to Your Webinars With RHUB`s Online Webinar Registration Solutions

May 9th, 2014

Someone who is thinking of hosting an online seminar may certainly be acquainted with the advantages of conducting a live webinar. The capability of reaching out to a huge audience and showing them your products and services can be a great marketing tool. The first step in developing your webinar is making the registration process available for the audience. Regardless of how excellent your webinar is, it will fail to succeed, if audiences do not attend your presentation.

Using RHUB`s web conferencing servers, one can manage webinars, build and accept online registrations, retrieve registrations, and integrate (by copying and pasting sample HTML code) webinar registration within your website.

Some webinar organizers offer free webinars, but then make it difficult for people to register. The simple fact is that the more difficult the registration process, the lower the attendance. As a result, webinar organizers might be losing potential attendees – and not even realize it. Online webinars, meetings, training programs offer a golden opportunity to communicate and convey your messages in real time. Given the current lag in economic growth worldwide, webinars present a great opportunity to increase sales.

Webinars help you to easily reach out to a greater number of people who are otherwise geographically dispersed and in different time zones. Through the organization of an online training or presentation, you can bring together people of different backgrounds and locations under one consistent platform to engage and discuss topics as outlined in the program.

When meetings are conducted via conference call, it is often difficult for attendees in remote locations to make their presence felt. Webinars, by comparison, make it easy for all participants to interact with one another. Because all participants have access to the same desktop, whiteboards, chat functions, and other features, they also have an easy method for ensuring that their presence is noticed throughout the webinar.

Additionally, webinars also offer an incredibly effective method for sharing files with attendees in remote locations. The host of the webinar can take advantage of the opportunity to share his or her desktop and computer files with the attendees of the webinar. This ensures that everyone who is attending the webinar is able to follow along with the same materials. The ability to share files also avoids the hassles that can sometimes occur when an attendee must try to remember to bring materials with them prior to the presentation.

Another important feedback of webinars is that they are conducted completely live, meaning that the host of the webinar has the opportunity to gain immediate feedback in real-time. Furthermore, if an attendee has a question, the RHUB server solution offers a wealth of opportunities to obtain instant answers.

As webinars are gradually becoming popular due to its wide outreach and flexibility, deploying the RHUB`s online webinar registration solution can benefit you immensely and will help you in getting more turnouts for your online seminar. For more information about RHUB products, please visit: http://www.rhubcom.com or call on 866-758-0984

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The Top Benefits of Conference Calling and Desktop Sharing Technology

May 6th, 2014

Conference calling is rapidly becoming a popular solution for anyone who is interested in having a business meeting with multiple people simultaneously from a remote location. Offering three types of communication—web-based conference calling, audio, and video, conference calling makes it easier to work more efficiently from a distance.

While conference calling has significantly increased in popularity, most collaborative type meetings now focus on sharing some type of data. The ability to share data via computer screens offers a far more efficient and effective solution compared to conferencing calling only. As a result, data sharing makes collaborative meetings more productive.

The video element varies in terms of efficacy. I, and many others, like to leverage the video element for associating a name with a face. This can prove to be highly beneficial for team members who may not be physically acquainted with one another to work better on a more personal basis.

For me, as well as for many of the analysts with whom I have spoken, once a visual representation is established, the webcam often becomes more of a distraction than a help. Even so, it does facilitate team bonding. The web cam can be a true aid in context of a training meeting, particularly in demonstrating how something is done.

RHUB’s web conferencing servers offer both web conference calling and data sharing in one convenient setup. As result, businesses are assisted in establishing a real-time communication with their valued clients.

There are also many financial benefits associated with web conferencing and data sharing. One of the most important of those benefits is the fact that participants are not required to travel. Businesses are thus able to save on travel expenses. In regards to a big company, this can easily run into a few million dollars. RHUB web conferencing servers also provide a variety of other benefits. Take a look:

Cost-Effective Application

To use a web-conferencing application, you will need to pay either a certain amount on a pre-scheduled basis or at one-time. Various service providers charge differing fees. Full-featured web conferencing applications are typically the most expensive.

Nevertheless, RHUB web conferencing servers have only a one-time payment option. With that one payment, you own the server for life. In fact, it can typically be paid off within 3 to 10 months, compared to the recurring monthly subscription costs of hosted services.

Unlike hosted services, which charge named users for subscription fees, the RHUB web conferencing server uses floating licenses and has no limitation on the number of users. Consequently, it is far less expensive than hosted services. Take a look at the following examples:

For 2 employees, it takes 3 – 12 months to pay off WebEx/GoToMeeting, LogMeIn or combined.

For 10 employees (using RHUB), it takes only 1 – 2.5 months to pay off.

Saves Time

Financial savings are not the only benefit offered by web conferencing. It also saves time. Whether meetings are held within the office premises or elsewhere, employees still lose a tremendous amount of work time in order to participate in such meetings. When employees participate in a conference call using RHUB; however, they do not even need to leave their workstations.

Promotes Healthy Relationships between Employees

The process of initiating and holding meetings in which all employees participate is usually not that complicated in a small to medium sized company. This is not the case in a large company where thousands of employees may work within a single complex. In a big company, it often simply is not possible for meetings to be held on a regular basis for each department within the company. As a result, this can cause employees to feel left out and unengaged.

By using RHUB web conferencing servers, it is possible to benefit from conference calling without any limitations. Conference calls can be held at any time and with an unlimited number participants taking part. In this way, it promotes regular, two-way communication between employees, thus significantly strengthening working relationships.

Easy to Use

RHUB web conferencing servers are also extremely easy to use. No special software is needed for conference calling. The only equipment necessary is a desk phone or a cell phone.

Allows You to Transfer Data

RHUB’s web conferencing servers can also be used to efficiently share files, videos, presentations, and much more. The ability to share data presents a clear advantage over verbal exchanges by obviating the risk of misrepresentation or misunderstanding of facts, figures, values, etc.

Geographical Location Is Irrelevant

Web meeting solutions, such as those offered by RHUB, have dissolved physical boundaries. This is quite crucial in light of an evolving global business environment. It is even possible to participate in a web conference with complete comfort and easy from any location. Regardless of where you are located, if you have a working computer, phone, and fast Internet connection, you can participate in a web conference.

With so many advantages offered, it is hardly surprising that so many people are now embracing and utilizing conference calling and data sharing technology.

Without a doubt, conference calling and data sharing have become inseparable and invaluable. According to many experts, this trend will continue to expand in the future as new technological advancements are introduced. For more information about RHUB products, please visit http://www.rhubcom.com or call 866-758-0984.

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