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Evaluate cloud vs. on-premises video conferencing tools before you buy

August 18, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Simon Dudley / TechTarget

Before you buy video conferencing services, evaluate the components of cloud vs. on-premises video to determine which deployment model is the right fit for your organization.

Editor's note: This article, part three in a series on video conference technology, examines buying criteria for video conferencing. Part one explored how the technology emerged in the enterprise. Part two detailed the business case for video conferencing. Part four will apply these buying criteria to compare the leading vendors in the market.

The video conferencing world is in a time of enormous change. The technology has become streamlined enough that it's easy to use for average users, and the costs have fallen dramatically, as new business models have taken off.

There are two basic business models for buying video conferencing tools. One model is for organizations to buy and own everything; the other is to deploy a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model and use a third-party service provider for the video conferencing infrastructure.

Until recently, the SaaS model was immature, but a combination of low-cost bandwidth, storage and compute has now empowered this model to be the fastest-growing sector of the market. Here, we will compare cloud vs. on-premises video models.

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