Posts Tagged ‘web conferencing in cloud’

Web Conferencing: Some few good reasons to keep away from Cloud-based Solutions

March 19th, 2017

Clouds – with their sequel of weird acronyms like SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, to finish with the DaaS –have become the new mantra of web conferencing industry. But are cloud-based solutions always helpful? Do not take the answer for granted. Let’s see some few issues connected with the cloud technology that could lead you to opt for an on-premise server based solution eventually.

Last year, I met a web designer in a co-working place that utilized some cloud-based web conferencing services to communicate with its customers.  I discovered that he often had to cope with server hangouts, overloaded bandwidth, poor quality of connections, and other technological hitches. It depended in part from the local infrastructure of the co-working place, in part from the remote networks from which the web conferencing services that he were using were distributed. I realized abruptly that even cutting-edge technologies have their flaws, and that it is important to be able to distinguish between illusions and delusions, when the time comes to make one’s own choice.

For example, cloud based services have some hidden costs that fatally come out when you least expect it. A big problem is connected with the power of your connection: especially HD video conferences stream a lot of data and consume big quantities of bandwidth. So, there is no point in getting connected to the most powerful cloud-based web conferencing service, when you live in a rural area or in a place where the pipe that connects your office to the cloud is narrow.  And if you need to equip a remoted ranch or farm with a fast internet connection in order to enjoy the advantage of cloud-based services, you could discover that a traditional on-premise server -based conference call service costs less and works as well.

One of the main problems of providers of cloud-based web conferencing services is the high cost of the outbound bandwidth from cloud servers. They often sneakily translate this cost upon their customers, by setting specific limitations to the use of their services in combination  with  the obligation to subscribe a business plan( that is far from being inexpensive)  on those who wish to enjoy the full  range of tools and features  of the product.

So, if you compare the offers of different providers of web conferencing services, you will find out that only basic plans are cheap, and that when the time comes to get something more powerful and reliable, it is necessary to pull out the money from the wallet and buy a business or premium plan. And if you compare the business plans that cloud-based web conferencing service providers offer with on-premise based web conferencing solutions , like R-HUB`s TurboMeeting (http://www.rhubcom.com) , you will immediately find out that the latter not only cost less, but it also offers much more in terms of security, reliability and easiness of implementation.

In conclusion, do not take for granted that a cloud-based web conferencing solution is automatically fit for your needs and makes you save money. Mantras work in Tibet, not on the global market, where it is important to carefully weigh the pros and cons of every single decision.

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Web Conferencing, on-premise servers versus clouds. Are cloud solutions really cheaper?

July 11th, 2016

Today’s on-premise servers are able to provide effective and cheap web conferencing and to compete even with clouds, as the Californian company R-HUB’s products clearly prove.

Are cloud solutions really cheaper than ownership? Aka opex against aka capex, where the first stands for the cloud approach and the latter for the on-premise approach, is a debate that managers wage daily at companies. Readers would be probably taken to instinctively opt for opex, as everybody has been so well evangelized on the cloud wonders and advantages in the last few years. They will certainly do that, after reading the numbers given by a Yankee Groups study which clearly shows that on-premise systems are, on average, 60 per cent more expensive than cloud solutions.

Yet, in the meantime something has changed  in web conferencing industry, and what is common truth might have now become a fallacy, even though limitedly to the field of web conferencing.  The fact is that server producers have not stayed idle, they have developed new products that are able to compete with clouds. An example is the Californian company R-HUB‘s web conferencing servers.

They are small, compact, silent, self-installing, self-configuring and self-updating on-premise servers purposely designed for small businesses (but they can be utilized also in the context of a global multinational). Real plug-and-play servers, they have smartly solved many issues about costs and expenses that are traditionally associated with capex, like:

  • Licensing. R-HUB adopts a flat license that allows utilizers to add further participants to a web conference at zero cost. On the contrary, cloud scalability has always a price at the moment that it is necessary to scale up the resources utilized (and the relative costs) in order to face the loader traffic generated by the increasing number of participants.
  • Maintenance, installing and configuring. Being real plug and play servers, R-HUB’s products do not need either any IT team or maintenance. Cloud solutions, on the contrary, need some software men that take care of what is going on the cloud (and maintenance, even though this detail is never mentioned).
  • Training. No need to train staff to utilize new products, as R-HUB’s interfaces are very intuitive and easy to use.
  • Data migration. This is a common problem of both clouds and on-premise servers. Being costs similar, this factor does not make any difference.
  • Integration. R-HUB web conferencing servers can be integrated to API`s, software or whatever else of other vendors thanks to the LDAP protocol and other tools developed by the company. Visit R-HUB web site for further information http://www.rhubcom.com
  • Hidden costs. A common hidden cost of servers is that they need a cabinet or a whole room that hosts them. This is not the case for R-HUB’s web conferencing servers. They are so silent and small that they can be place even on a shelf of your office bookcase.

And the price? R-HUB’s product prices range from 295 US$ to 1495 US$. Probably less than an Amazon instance, certainly less than your secretary monthly wage.

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