Logitech Tackles Video via Desktop Virtualization

UC

Logitech recently announced plans to deliver a web camera capable of on-board processing of video encoding, enabling it to support desktop video conferencing via thin-client. It plans to demo the D990 web camera with support from Avistar, Citrix, and HP.

Logitech’s move highlights the challenges in deploying software-based voice and video and desktop virtualization – you need to encapsulate locally to ensure acceptable performance. Solutions such as Citrix’s HDX are now available to support voice and standard definition video encoding in a virtualized scenario, but up until now no good solution for HD video with desktop virtualization existed.

With 50% of organizations now using desktop virtualization, up from 22% in 2010, those responsible for UC must work with desktop management groups to ensure that UC and virtualization plans are in sync. Understand that delivering HD desktop video over virtualized desktop infrastructure (VDI) will add to the cost of your deployment.

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