In two separate announcements today, Blue Jeans Network and Vidyo both announced new interoperability options for video collaboration using Google Hangouts.
Blue Jeans for Hangouts was introduced as an interoperable gateway service that delivers a cloud-based solution to enable standard H.323 or SIP room-based systems, such as Cisco or Polycom, to connect with Google Hangouts participants joining from desktop, mobile, or Chromebox for meetings rooms. Blue Jeans for Hangouts will be available in September.
Commenting in a statement on the service, Stu Aaron, chief commercial officer at Blue Jeans Network, said, “We’re thrilled to help Google connect millions of users of other video conferencing systems into Hangouts. Today’s modern workforce demands collaboration solutions that are multi-vendor, multi-device, and multi-location. That has always been the hallmark of our success at Blue Jeans. We look forward to working with Google to proliferate easy, open, and affordable video conferencing to businesses of all sizes and shapes.”
Separately, Vidyo announced it will add native Google+ Hangouts interoperability support for Microsoft Lync through its VidyoH2O portfolio announced earlier this year and launched in April. VidyoH2O, a subscription service, is sold both on-premise and as a cloud-hosted product. Vidyo’s support will offer interoperability beyond H.323/SIP video and voice conferencing solutions to connect Google+ Hangouts sessions to Lync enterprise customers. VidyoH2O for Google+ Hangouts support for Lync will be available in November.
In Vidyo’s statement, Ofer Shapiro, Vidyo’s CEO and co-founder said, “We have received global interest in VidyoH2O from enterprise customers, including some of the largest, most admired brands in the world and key vertical markets like financial services and education. We are pleased to extend this support to both our on-prem and hosted offerings, and the flexibility of the dual deployment model is particularly important to customers addressing networking and security considerations.”
Our observations: Google platforms are continuing to add interoperability on a variety of fronts. For example, one week ago the company added the ability to make web-based voice calls using Google Voice through Hangouts. Google is a long way off from being a stand-alone, enterprise-grade unified communications and collaboration platform, but its integration with other systems makes it an increasingly viable option for some business use cases.