Posts Tagged ‘web conferencing appliance’

RHUB: Web Conferencing That Works

October 31st, 2013

Not so long ago it would have seemed like science fiction. Web conferencing makes it straightforward to arrange a meeting with your potential customers in Shanghai, and to exchange data is as uncomplicated as if you were all sitting around the same conference table. This has important implications for a company’s bottom line. Business travel expenses for most companies have been slashed, because why travel when arranging an international conference isn’t any more difficult than making a phone call? Web conferencing is one of the most important tools in any business’s toolbox.

Too bad, then, that the potential savings of web conferencing sometimes go unrealized. It’s happened to the best of us. The conference is just getting started, our pens are poised, ready to take those first notes, but we can’t make a connection. The next fifteen minutes are taken up with desperately punching buttons and opening and closing browser windows, punctuated by intervals of dead silence.

At RHUB, we pride ourselves on avoiding most glitches that will ruin a meeting. For view-only attendees, there is nothing to download. This means firewalls and antiviruses won’t block attendance. Missing or incorrect Flash installations won’t translate to confused and frustrated would-be participants. The only requirement to join a meeting is the ability to access the Internet.

With RHUB, it takes just seconds to connect to the meeting, and view-only attendees can access a meeting from Linux or Unix browsers, not just Windows or Mac software. Meetings can even be joined via iPhones, iPads, or Android devices. Attendees who are also presenters need only download a meeting manager.

How does it work? With RHUB, you buy an appliance, a piece of equipment that looks something like a router. You have a one-time fee, instead of steep monthly charges. We estimate that buying an RHUB appliance is equivalent to paying monthly fees for 3 to 10 months for most other options.

The RHUB appliance uses a floating license with no limit on the number of users, so the more employees there are using RHUB in an organization, the more economical it is compared to other options.

Installation is simple. Setup only needs to be done once for hosting, and it takes less than 30 seconds. Setup is only necessary for hosting; view-only attendees never need to do any setup. Anyone within your organization can host meetings without incurring any extra expenses.

It’s great for on-site meetings. Internal meetings are secured by your firewall. Screen refreshes take place at local network speeds, so everything is lightning fast. And it’s great for meetings with clients. It’s brandable and can be integrated with your website.

Each appliance comes loaded with six applications: web conferencing, which can be used for demos, classes, and sales presentations; remote support, a useful application for technicians; audio conferencing, for VoIP-based conferences; video conferencing, for webcam-based conferences; remote access, which permits access to a home computer while traveling; and web seminar, which is excellent for presenting online classes for view-only attendees.

Questions? Give us a call at 866-758-0984, and learn more about the pleasures of using web conferencing that’s economical, and better yet, that actually works.

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A Few Considerations for Choosing an Effective Web Conferencing Solution.

September 24th, 2013

The lion’s share of Web conferencing users are currently relying on hosted services for their Webcasting solutions, primarily because they aren’t aware that better options exist. But first, let’s give credit where credit’s due, hosted services are generally easy to deploy, and they come in handy when you need to conduct a live broadcast on-the-go, while you’re away from the office.

Why There’s a Better Way Than Hosted Services

But hosted solutions aren’t nearly as secure as the two on-premise alternatives described below. One reason for this is because hosted services are deployed over the Internet, which leaves your company’s video Webcast content susceptible to the wiles of the Internet underworld. Now, we don’t mean to sound like alarmists, but just consider the logic of the following question: If a safer solution exists for sharing your Web conferences, wouldn’t you prefer to use that option over something less secure? Naturally.

Plus, let’s not forget that hosted solutions cost over time. As long as you’re subscribed to such a service, then you’re going to continue paying its ongoing costs. This sort of perpetual expense might not be a concern for every company, but we suspect that every smart business weighs the difference between upfront costs versus long-term service charges. Without question, the initial investment of an on-premise solution is much more cost-effective over time.

On-Premise Solutions: Better Security for a Better Price

On-premise software or an on-premise appliance both give you much more security than a hosted service. These on-premise options operate behind client-company firewalls, giving you another barrier of protection. So, what we’re talking about here is the difference between “private clouds,” which exist internally within a company, and “public clouds” or the wild and wonderful World Wide Web.

Here at RHUB, it’s no secret that we believe on-premise software is a step in the right direction, but we still believe the best option for Web conferencing is an on-premise appliance, which is what we offer with our RHUB 6-in-1 Web Conferencing Appliance. In just one appliance, your company gets Web conferencing, remote support, audio conferencing, video conferencing, remote access and Webinar capabilities. Why do we prefer an on-premise application over on-premise software? RHUB feels that the two biggest problems with on-premise software are its high upfront cost, and it is notoriously difficult to deploy.

RHUB Believes in Making Your Life Easier

Who said Webcast technologies can’t be easy? Why shouldn’t your business Webcasts be simple? RHUB believes you should save your time and energy for more pertinent “heavy lifting,” such as landing that big account or having smooth-sailing, live Webcast face-time with your family while you’re away on business. You’re far too busy — and your time is too valuable — to be burdened with a steep learning curve.

These are solely considerations of your own time, but what about the productivity of your overall organization? In 2010, a study called “The Work Design Collaborative” found that the time-consuming learning curve for implementing new technological programs took most organizations between 15 to 18 months before they began to see their productivity return. In today’s hungry business climate, that’s far too long to be out-of-commission. Obviously, an easy-to-use alternative (such as RHUB’s 6-in-1 appliance) can significantly reduce this learning curve and ease the burdens on your company’s time and money.

The Name You’ll Remember (Precisely Because You’re Not Forced to Hear It in Every Meeting)

Does it make sense for your company to pay money to create a Webcast recording only to hear the intrusive, name-dropping
advertisements of the Web conferencing service provider? It doesn’t make sense to RHUB, either. We enable you to brand your meetings with the name of your organization — not ours.

So, if you’re tired of paying relentless service charges or wrestling with a less secure system that’s difficult to use, then your friends at RHUB welcome you to prowl on over to our Web site to learn more: RHUB

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