A couple of announcements in the last week demonstrate continued interest in enterprise video conferencing. First off LifeSize, now a part of Logitech, introduced its first MCU, the LifeSize Bridge. Previously LifeSize had focused on point-to-point HD conferencing at a lower price-point than its bigger competitors (Polycom and Tandberg/Cisco). This marks the third major expansion of video conferencing infrastructure offerings in the last several months (Radvision and Avaya made earlier announcements). Nemertes’ recent benchmark noted that over 80% of companies are now using room-based video conferencing systems.
In addition to LifeSize, Glowpoint and Acme Packet announced a partnership to bring Acme’s session border controllers to Glowpoints B2B video conferencing platform. We see strong interest in extranet video conferencing, especially for those making investments in immersive telepresence. Extending video conferencing beyond the firewall increases the value of a telepresence investment by broadening access to business partners and customers, increasing opportunities to leverage telepresence for both travel avoidance as well as to improve overall meeting experiences.
Irwin Lazar is the Vice President for Communication and Collaboration Research at Nemertes Research, where he develops and manages research projects, develops cost models, conducts strategic seminars and advises clients. His background is in network operations, network engineering, voice-data convergence, and IP telephony. Mr. Lazar is responsible for benchmarking the adoption and use of emerging technologies in the enterprise in areas including VOIP, unified communications, Web 2.0 initiatives, social networking, and collaboration.
A Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and sought-after speaker and author, Mr. Lazar is a columnist for No Jitter and Enterprise2Blog. He is a frequent resource for the business and trade press and is regular speaker at events such as Interop, VoiceCon, and Enterprise 2.0. Mr. Lazar serves as the conference director for FutureNet (formerly MPLScon), and is on the advisory board for the Enterprise 2.0 conference.