Nefsis offers video and collaboration in the cloud

It's unusual for us to cover VoIP, video conferencing, collaboration and cloud-based software as a service (SaaS) -- especially when it is all about one company's offer, but in this newsletter edition we can do so after a recent introduction to Nefsis Corporation, a privately held company in San Diego.

It's unusual for us to cover VoIP, video conferencing, collaboration and cloud-based software as a service (SaaS) -- especially when it is all about one company's offer, but in this newsletter edition we can do so after a recent introduction to Nefsis Corporation, a privately held company in San Diego. 

The company has announced a new online software-based VoIP engine as part of its HD video conferencing cloud, designed to give multiple participants the ability to speak at the same time with improved audio performance during online video meetings. Unlike premise-based systems that require infrastructure hardware like video routers, MCUs and gateways, as a cloud-based service, the Nefsis offering is automatically maintained and easier to expand. 

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Connectivity is available using either a public Internet connection or a private IP connection to the Nefsis cloud, although when VPN endpoints are private network, Nefsis can better control the quality of service (QoS) by reserving bandwidth. In both public and private connections, the service provides dynamic scaling to deliver the best possible QoS on a per-user basis. 

Collaboration tools include onscreen desktop and applications sharing, along with annotation services that allow for playing video as part of call and an audio-video recording service based in the cloud. The company supports a wide variety of recommended audio and video components.

While pricing varies based on configurations, according to Tom Toperczer, Nefsis' vice president of marketing, prices are "comparable to online meeting services, except [the Nefsis service] includes HD video conferencing." Prices are either based on per-named-user access or based on concurrent sessions. 

Nefsis started 12 years ago delivering premise-based software, and introduced its cloud services there years ago, including conferencing and collaboration services. The company targets small to midsize business, government and educational locations in more than 45 countries worldwide.

In other news, Verizon and Tata Communications have signed a new agreement to allow meetings between Verizon's telepresence customers and any public or private telepresence room on the Tata Communications Global Meeting Exchange. The Tata telepresence network spans 31 cities on five continents. This will supplement Verizon's telepresence offering on its global Private Internet Protocol Network. Similarly, Tata Communications telepresence customers can use Verizon's facilities to communicate with Verizon customers. 

Verizon and Tata Communications customers can already use Cisco TelePresence systems to conduct intercarrier telepresence meetings. Verizon plans to establish similar agreements with other immersive video providers and services to further expand telepresence availability to its customers.

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