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Move over, live video; enterprises need streaming video services

May 2, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Gina Narcisi / TechTarget

Live video conferencing is proving to be a useful tool for connecting employees and branch offices, regardless of location. But enterprises with highly distributed workforces are discovering that real-time video communications is not the only way to connect people in the company. Traditional video conferencing providers have started offering services and platforms for streaming video services.

Persistent video -- often referred to as "YouTube" for the enterprise -- allows businesses to not only view live content and webcasts behind their own firewalls, but also to store and save videos for later use. These services also can offer enterprise-grade security and video management features, such as editing, tracking, and search and analytics.

Enterprise 'YouTube' platforms, managed streaming video services

Many video vendors have offerings for persistent video -- such as Cisco's Show and Share and LifeSize's Video Center, a platform for uploading, editing and saving video content, said Rob Arnold, senior industry analyst at Mountain View, Calif.-based Frost and Sullivan Inc.

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