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Video Meeting Rooms for Everyone?
A question we are asking ourselves is whether VMRs will become standard issue for enterprise employees, much like "meet-me" audio conferencing rooms are becoming the norm in many organizations.
We recently had two very interesting briefings with companies that both offer services designed to help organizations take advantage of the explosion in video endpoints available as a result of software-based endpoints on PCs, tablets, and smartphones, not to mention lower-cost executive and room-based video conferencing devices. Both of these services focus on video meeting rooms (VMRs) for all, and they both allow participants to join a meeting from either inside or outside the firewall, using their choice of endpoint, from Lync, WebRTC, and Jabber, to standards-based (SIP and H.323) personal and group systems.
A question we are asking ourselves is whether video meeting rooms will become standard issue for enterprise employees, much like "meet-me" audio conferencing rooms are becoming the norm in many organizations. This topic is compelling because it may signal a change in how we perceive, and literally "view" communications.
Software-based video bridges (multipoint control units, or MCUs) have been around for a long time, but virtualized video bridges are a relatively new phenomenon. With a virtual video bridge, organizations or service providers can instantly increase capacity simply by spinning up a few virtual instances on standard hardware they already own, or through an infrastructure as a service (IaaS) provider.
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