Vidyo the up and comer in the Telepresence segment have come out with its own SMB version of their product. The new VidyoOne Package is aimed at small business so they can also have Personal Telepresence at the desktop. That's right I said the desktop since Vidyo does not need an appliance as it works as a software package on your computer so there is no need to carry an appliance around. A Vidyo Router in the data center is all you need.
The VidyoOne package includes all of the Vidyo components needed to deploy VidyoConferencing in a small to medium size organization, all contained within a single, compact 1U appliance. This includes a VidyoRouter, VidyoPortal, VidyoDesktop downloads and multipoint conferencing ports. The VidyoOne appliance may currently be purchased with 5 ports and 25 user seats for $7,000 or with 10 ports and 50 user seats for $14,000. The price includes server hardware and perpetual software licenses. VidyoOne includes an investment protection plan that offers to customers requiring additional capacity the option to return their VidyoOne package within one year of the date purchased for full credit toward the purchase of an expandable VidyoConferencing system.
A couple or things that will set Vidyo apart from LifeSize Passport would be that you do not need to carry an appliance everywhere, you can see at the same time both data and video plus you can resize a multipoint conference call at anytime around your desktop. Vidyo is different from the LifeSize Desktop as it provides better Max Rx Resolution at 1080p compared to 720p LifseSize, also better Max Tx Resolution at 720p compared to 480p on the LifeSize.
So is Vidyo worth a look to companies who want to save some money, have personal Telepresence at the Desktop? I would say it is because it also has a line of Vidyo Conference Room Solutions that work very well as well. Right now it is cheaper than LifeSize and provides a great HD Telepresence Video on your desktop. The web site has a nice demo, www.vidyo.com. Don't get me wrong as a like the LifeSize solution as well since they both have their place, but Vidyo is worth a look.
Don't be surprised if Cisco up's and buys Vidyo after this blog; it would have been a much better move than Tandberg.
Larry Chaffin Ph.D is the Chief Executive Officer/Chairman and founder of Pluto Networks, a Consulting and VAR partner specializing in WAN acceleration, VoIP, WLAN, telepresence and security.
Pluto Networks is a Riverbed reseller. Pluto was previously a Cisco reseller but in June, 2010, ended its reseller relationship with the company and is no longer a Cisco channel partner.
Pluto Networks specializes in the needs of small, large and enterprise companies by always giving them a great ROI on the products they sell. Pluto Networks has a presence in 23 countries around the world enabling all of its consultants to be virtual. Larry was a Judge at Interop for the Best of Interop Awards for 2009.
Larry has also co-authored all of the books listed below:
Managing Cisco Secure Networks, Skype Me, Practical VOIP Security, Configuring Check Point NGX VPN-1/Firewall-1,Configuring Juniper Networks NetScreen & SSG Firewalls,Essential Computer Security: Everyone's Guide to Email, Internet, and Wireless Security, How to Cheat at Microsoft Vista Administration, Microsoft Vista for IT Security Professionals, Asterisk Hacking, 2008 VoIP and Video Conferencing, Infosecurity 2008 Threat Analysis and author of Building a VOIP Network with Nortel's MS5100, along with co-authoring/ghost writing eleven other technology books for VIOP, WLAN, security and optical technologies. Larry is currently working on a follow up to Building a VoIP network with Nortel's MCS 5100 Book as well as new books on Cisco Telepresence Networks, Practical VoIP case studies and WAN Acceleration with Riverbed.
Larry also has more than 29 vendor certifications and has been working on many others. Larry has been a principal architect around the world in 22 countries for many Fortune 100 companies designing VoIP, security, wireless and optical networks. He has expanded over time also to include application acceleration. Larry is working with worldwide company now out of Asia as a Special Assistant to the CEO and CIO as they go through organizational and network changes, helping them with strategic advice from his years of experience.
Pluto Networks is a channel partner of, LifeSize, Riverbed, Call Copy, Fastsoft and Symantec.