Some Big Announcements in the Video Space

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This year’s annual InfoComm conference in Atlanta highlights several key trends that we’re following around video conferencing and video collaboration, including the convergence of video and voice, and convergence of video conferencing and mobility. Each of these drivers require converged network managers to expand their horizons and holistically address performance and bandwidth management concerns on both wired and wireless networks.

Polycom’s pre-InfoComm acquisition of HP’s Halo video products division started the wave by demonstrating both customer demand to integrate video into a broader set of UC solutions, as well as the broadening of video beyond the immersive room.

The Halo product portfolio, consisting of a fully managed immersive telepresence suite, and room solutions based on technology OEM’d from privately held Vidyo, faced key challenges in the market including the lack of integration with voice and Web conferencing platforms, and the inability to extend the immersive experience beyond the enterprise boundary. By acquiring Halo, Polycom expands its sales channel, eliminates a key competitor, and further aligns itself with Microsoft, a key HP integration partner.

Other big announcements came from Vidyo, which unveiled a panoramic solution for telepresence. It is offering its nine-screen solution as a cheaper alternative to three-screen systems from its competitors, including Cisco and Polycom. Meanwhile, start-up StarLeaf, founded by ex-Codian executives, came onto the scene with a platform that integrates voice and video communications without the need for separate hardware.

Video conferencing adoption continues to grow, with more than 80% of firms now using the technology while broadening deployments to the desktop increasingly delivering internal storage/ streaming capabilities.

IT managers should evaluate new alternatives to simplify video deployments, expand video access beyond the conference room, and reduce both capital and operational costs.

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