Posts Tagged ‘video conferencing solutions’

Some few Server based solutions for Video Conferencing that ensure the Highest Security level

May 17th, 2017

On-premise servers are still the best solution for video conferencing because of their technical reliability and security. Here comes a short review of some of the best products available on the market today.

Despite the fast technological development of the last years that has made cloud services and browser apps for video conferencing very popular, on-premise server based solutions are still the best for those businesses that have to respect strict security protocols.  From finance to the government, the range of industries that have to comply with strict regulations on data protection is wide.  Luckily, the number of producers of the necessary technical equipment is not as slim as you can expect.

Let’s start our review with R-HUB (http://www.rhubcom.com ), a producer of on-premise servers for video and audio conferencing, telepresence, remote support and remote pc control based in San Diego, California. Their suite Turbomeeting is a great example of an all-in-one solution through which it is possible to host audio and video conferences up to 3000 participants. Their strength is the ability to offer a product that has all the pros of software applications without the cons of traditional hardware.  Indeed, TurboMeeting servers are self-configuring and self-updating, and they do not need any devoted IT team.

Space-saving is another important feature of this product. Being very small and silent, TurboMeeting servers can be put on a shelf of a bookcase, and cabinets and devoted rooms to store them are no longer necessary. Their GUI offers all the functionalities to engage your audience, from the raising hand button  to document and screen sharing. Last, R-HUB`s flat license policy allows you to add a virtually unlimited number of participants to your conference without additional costs.

Cisco is a very well-known IT giant that owns WebEx (http://www.webEx.com) , one of the most popular products for virtual meetings around. The strong point of WebEx is its flexibility, as it is available as software. Highly scalable, WebEx is that kind of solution that could serve your firm all lifelong. Slightly less powerful than TurboMeeting, it can host up to 2000 participants and it is very rich in functionalities. Their cloud based solution is particularly interesting for those organizations that need a good product for remote collaboration, as all the necessary functionalities to hold a great virtual meeting are present, from screen sharing to polling; it is not a case that they have hosted over 1.8 billion meeting minutes per month.

However, it does not come for free. A business plan for WebEx software for virtual conferences up to 100 participants costs over 1000 $ per year.  To make a comparison, consider that R-HUB`s server prices  range from 995 $ to around 2000 $, and you can host up to 3000 participants.

Lifesize (http://www.lifesice.com) is another product that gives you the option between traditional infrastructure (it means on-premise servers) and software/cloud solutions. Their strength is that they are present in about 100 countries, which is important for any global business. The cons are that it is necessary to have an IT team to manage this product, which implies a sharp rise in costs.

In conclusion, there are several products available on the market for a business that is in need of an on-premise server based solution for video conferencing for security reasons. Producers like R-HUB has been able to address the issues that were traditionally linked to this technology,  so that they  can offer  inexpensive, highly competitive  and easy-to-manage servers that suit well any kind of organization; Other manufactures, like Cisco, are more oriented to offer a multiple service that leaves customers the freedom to choose between software and hardware.

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Three great Video Conferencing solutions with Screen Sharing

May 16th, 2017

Screen sharing is one of the way through which experienced speakers engage their audience. Unfortunately, this precious tool is not available on every web conferencing product. Let’s discover some of the video conferencing solutions that have implemented this important function.

My first webinar was really challenging, as I had to fight against an irresistible need to avert my eyes from the screen. My problem was not paying attention to the speaker, but what cognitive psychologists and doctors define as fatigue from screen. Staying watching your desktop without any interaction is much more stressing than working at it. Crafty speakers know this problem, and this is the reason why they try to engage their audience in several ways that range from asking questions to sharing screens. The result is that not only participants get more involved, but they also remind easier the contents they listened to.

So, it is important to have a web conferencing tool at hand that offers a wide set of functionalities purposely designed to engage your audience. But what to choose among the plethora of products on the market? In my opinion, three solutions are really unbeatable.  Here they are:

R-HUB`s TurboMeeting servers (http://www.rhubcom.com) .This solution is the golden mean between top quality – but expensive – products like Cisco’s and popular apps as Skype. It offers all the reliability and safety of on-premise server based solutions without its typical flaws. So, no needs of devoted IT team, as R-HUB`s machine are self-installing and self-updating, and server cabinets (R-HUB`s servers are so small and silent that can be placed on your desk or on the shelf of a bookcase). The number of functionalities that its GUI offers is quite big and it is included polling, raise-hand, file sharing, and, naturally, screen sharing. No question, you will be certainly able to have highly interactive virtual meetings though this product.

Price is affordable, as you can bring home your TurboMeeting server with $995 only.

Cisco WebEx: Many years of the experience of this giant of the IT sector are embodied in it. Web Ex is available in every form you wish, as Cisco can give you its solution as an ordinary desktop application. This makes WebEx highly flexible and able to serve indifferently both multinationals and small businesses. Its features are quite rich, and users are supplied with every necessary functionality to engage their audience.

In comparison with TurboMeeting, WebEx looks more flexible, as you can opt for a version without hardware. However, it is more expensive and its app version is less powerful: TurboMeeting allows you to give virtual meetings up to 3000 participants, WebEx up to 2000 only.

TeamViewer: it is another popular top-quality product that is considered by many experts the direct competitor of WebEx. It offers some unique features like the possibility of running multiple sessions at once and the ability to leave quick notes for your clients. Less expensive than Cisco thanks to its policy of pay-only-one-time license, however its power limits to 300 participants per conference. An important detail is that TeamViewer does not include teleconference, a feature that is present in TurboMeeting.

In conclusion, it is difficult to say what the best among these three products is. R-HUB`s servers are inexpensive and powerful, but you have to bring home some hardware; WebEx and TeamViewer allow you to avoid hardware, but they are more expensive and less powerful than TurboMeeting. Therefore, you’d better focus on your real needs before taking a decision.

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Cloud Computing and the Wonders of Video Conferencing

October 8th, 2013

Pardon the pun, but the phrase “cloud computing” is a somewhat nebulous term. Let’s begin by exploring this phrase with a few stabs at defining it.

Jonathan Strickland of How Stuff Works explains that cloud computing “allows workers to log into a Webbased service that hosts all the programs the user would need for his or her job” and that “remote machines owned by another company would run everything from e-mail to … complex data analysis programs.”

InfoWorld’s Eric Knorr and Galen Gruman point out that definitions of cloud computing vary, but that “the cloud” is a familiar, metaphorical reference to the Internet. InfoWord says that some analysts define cloud computing as “an updated version of utility computing,” or in short, “virtual servers available over the Internet.” But Knorr and Gruman explain that some people have a broad definition that includes “anything you consume outside the firewall … including conventional outsourcing.”

Webopedia defines cloud computing as “a type of computing that relies on sharing computing resources, rather than having local servers or personal devices to handle applications” — or more simply, “Internet-based computing.” But Wikipedia explains it as “a large number of computers connected through a real-time communication network, such as the Internet.”

These four previous explanations are currently Google’s top four hits for defining the term. And though it was an oversimplification, Webopedia’s “Internet-based computing” definition seems to give us a sense of the phrase’s meaning.

So, what does cloud computing have to do with video conferencing? Well, as long as you have a browser on your PC, laptop, smartphone, or tablet, then cloud computing makes it possible for you to hold a video conference.

The necessity of having fast and dependable broadband connections was an initial pitfall for video conferencing, because that’s what enables two users to have clear audio-visual conversations. But nowadays, users can video chat on their tablets even with only 3G or 4G wireless data transfer speeds. And as Wi-Fi access continues to increase, there will be more development on this front.

So, in a world where cloud computing has become a commonplace reality, RHUB stands ready to assist your household or professional organization in reaping the benefits of video broadcasting. RHUB provides you with multi-point, Webcam-based video Webcasting capability so you can connect with your clients or distant family members via live video feed. If you’d like to learn more about RHUB’s video conferencing solutions, visit our Web site here: RHUB.

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