Archive for October, 2017

The Four most Rocking Trends in Video Conferencing Technology of 2017

October 3rd, 2017

Cloud, software-based Codecs, less costs, mobile video conferencing: this is the mantra that has been echoing in the world of video conferencing throughout the whole year

2017 is going to end. So, an obvious question is what the big trends in video conferencing have been this year?  What has been changing in this technology that has grown up as fast as more than 20% on a yearly basis up to now?

More cloud-based platforms

The cloud technology could not but disrupt even video conferencing. Not surprisingly, in 2017 there has been a mushrooming of cloud-based products and solutions, like exTalks. The pros of clouds are high and fast scalability and easy integration between multiple media like messaging, remote collaboration, emailing etc. The risks are much concerned with sensitive and private data security, as it is necessary to rely upon third parties.

Software-based Codecs

Hardware-based Codecs are dedicated chips that encode and decode a digital video stream. Once upon the time, they were the only guarantee of a high quality video conferencing service; today, they are regarded as devices that limit customization and create some platform compatibility issues.

This is the reason why the market has shifted to software-based Codecs. They offer a higher level of flexibility and cost much less, without penalizing performances.

Much more cost-effectiveness

Expensive video conferencing hardware is dead. Solutions like R-HUB`s TurboMeeting (http://www.rhubcom.com) assure users small, silent, highly performing  video conferencing servers that need no dedicated IT team and are fully plug and play devices. The utilization of the on-premises technology means the top in terms of data security, while the adoption of a flat policy license allows TurboMeeting users to add up to 3000 participants per chat room at a time.

Have your video conferences even on your mobile

The number of people that wish to attend video conferences through their tablets and mobiles is on the increase. This is the reason why every producer has launched a version of its video conferencing product even for iPhones, Android and any sort of smart phones. Yet, mobile video conferencing has not yet become the mainstream. Undoubtedly, there are still some technical issues; however, the spreading of IP network gives us reason to hope.

In conclusion, clouds, software-based codecs, cost-effectiveness and mobile video conferencing are the four leading trends of this year. It is too early to say what is going on next year, but probably most of these trends will get on in the future. We will see.

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Cloud or On-Premise Video Conferencing? The pros and cons of two Deployment Models

October 2nd, 2017

Both cloud and on-premise video conferencing have advantages and disadvantages, and your specific needs heavily impact on which model would fit your business. In general, on premises deployment is better for organizations that need a high level of data security, while clouds are fir for startups and organizations with low budget and high expectations of fast scaling up

The time to choose the right video conferencing technology for your organization has come along, and you cannot decide between cloud and on-premises deployment. Undoubtedly, it is not an easy choice, as these technologies are not a fit for every kind of business. Therefore, it is important to understand what they both can offer before purchasing.

Cloud video conferencing means fast scaling up and low initial budget

Clouds are great options for small organizations with low budgets that expect to grow fast, as scaling up is very easy and convenient in this deployment model.  Additionally, server providers have got able to offer video conferencing services that are comparable in terms of quality to on-premises, thank s to the combination of inexpensive bandwidth and last year storage advancements.

One disadvantage of cloud is the limited number of simultaneous users for each call, usually 25 -50. This could create an issue for some kinds of businesses. Consider that an on premises server based technology like R-HUB`s TurboMeeting (http://www.rhubcom.com) allow you to host much more guests per call, up to 3000.

Another tricky aspect of clouds is data safety. Clouds are necessarily managed by third parties, and the risk that unauthorized people can have access to your most private data is real. Then, it is important to carefully check the data security protocol of your provider.

On premise video conferencing means full control and more power

The great advantage of this deployment model is that everything is under your control. No process is then passed to third parties, which enables the top level of data security. This technology is then particularly fit for risk-adverse organizations like governments or financial institutions.

Another advantage is that on premise servers are more powerful and allow much more simultaneous users than clouds. This is important when the times come along to give webinars, for example, an event that could have a potentially unlimited number of attendants.

The disadvantages of on premises deployment are its costs which are higher than cloud based solutions. However, today’s web conferencing solutions have brilliantly addressed these issues. Coming back to our previous example, TurboMeeting servers are fully plug and play devices that are remotely maintained and updated by the manufacturer.

As an effect, you do not need to hire any devote IT team any more.  The price of a server of this suite does not exceed 2000/2500$ depending on the model, and R-HUB`s flat license policy allows you to add as many participants as you wish to any call without paying extra money for additional licenses.

In conclusion, both deployment forms assure you the best in terms of HD video quality and cost-effectiveness today. Yet, on premises server based solutions guarantee a higher data safety.

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