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Arkadin Acquires Novasight as Acquisitions of Videoconferencing Managed Service Providers Continue

January 1, 2013 | David S. Maldow, Esq.

Arkadin has acquired Novasight, with a focus on rounding out their existing service offerings with Novasight's ability to support traditional videoconferencing environments. We recently covered this continuing trend of larger service providers and organizations acquiring VC MSPs. It appears that videoconferencing is no longer such a special and separate beast, and it can now live happily in the same stable as the rest of your IT menagerie.

November 2012: Arkadin Aquires Novasight
October 2012: SPS Acquires Providea
April 2012: Yorktel Acquires First Connections
February 2012: IEC Acquires G2J
January 2012: Arkadin Acquires ConferencePlus
January 2012: AVI-SPL Acquires Iformata
June 2011: Polycom Acquires HP Halo
April 2011: AVM Acquires VC-Net
February 2011: Carousel Acquires Omni Presence
February 2011: Presidio Acquires Blue Water Communications
September 2010: Dimension Data Acquires mvision
April 2010: Viju Acquires CityIS


Arkadin is a CSP powerhouse, with global reach and a massive existing user base. They aren't completely new to video, as they have been offering software solutions, supported by a partnership with Vidyo, for a few years now. In a notable recent move, Arkadin recently partnered with NTT to provide white labeled videoconferencing services to NTT customers.

The Vidyo based solution has worked very well for Arkadin in "greenfield" environments. Vidyo allows for quick deployments of high quality, affordable VC, and Arkadin customers have been quick on the uptake. However, Arkadin was not able to fully serve their customers with existing videoconferencing deployments of appliance based meeting room systems (traditional videoconferencing).

Now, Arkadin can boast full service capabilities for all videoconferencing deployments. Their offering now includes a mix of Vidyo for new and expanding environments, with Novasight support for traditional VC (and telepresence) bridging and managed services.

Arkadin's record growth last year is partially a reflection of the continuing global shift to a service based IT world. But it is primarily an indication that Arkadin's current strategy is working. As the company simultaneously continues to build up its internal expertise, while broadening and strengthening its offerings, it reduces the need for its customers to look elsewhere to support the continual flow of new technologies. With a stated ambition to become the world's top collaboration provider, Arkadin is a company to keep an eye on.

About the Author
David_Maldow, Esq.David Maldow, Esq. is a visual collaboration technologist and analyst with the Human Productivity Lab and an associate editor at Telepresence Options. David has extensive expertise in testing, evaluating, and explaining telepresence and other visual collaboration / rich media solutions. David is focused on providing third-party independent analysis and opinion of these technologies and helping end users better secure their telepresence, videoconferencing, and visual collaboration environments. You can follow David on Twitter and Google+.

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