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Your Video Infrastructure Faces End-of-Life: Now What?

September 17, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Karl Hantho / No Jitter

Plan your video conferencing migration strategy now to avoid headaches and rushed decisions later.

Until more recently, the best route to enable professional, high-quality video conferencing was through infrastructure. The cost of procuring, managing, and supporting this infrastructure was simply accepted as a cost of doing business.

Fast forward to today, and we see this trend reversing. Infrastructure sales have declined over the past few years, and there are a number of reasons why:

  • Increase in mobile workers and distributed workforces -- As more employees work remotely, they need tools that work from any environment.
  • Growing need for interoperability -- Organizations standardizing on Skype for Business and G-Suite found that their traditional room video conferencing systems were siloed and couldn't connect with this user community.
  • Move to the cloud -- Companies are shifting more applications to the cloud for scalability, innovation, and the future-proofing of their investments, as well as to capitalize on Opex versus Capex investments. In fact, a recent LogicMonitor study estimates that 83% of enterprise workloads will be in the cloud by 2020.

Video infrastructure is no longer the best answer to most video deployment architectures. That doesn't mean that purpose-built video codecs from the likes of Cisco and Polycom have seen their day. Nor does it mean that your existing investment in these solutions has become obsolete.

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Karl Hantho

Karl Hantho is president of the Americas for Videxio, a cloud-based video meeting and calling service that seamlessly connects devices and users through the cloud for professional video conferencing. Built on a dedicated global video network, Videxio is interoperable with video room systems, browser-based video, Skype for Business, and Google Hangouts Meet.

Karl has always been passionate about evangelizing the use of video conferencing to increase personal productivity, improve collaboration, and strengthen relationships. Prior to starting Videxio's business in the Americas in 2013, Karl's was a member of the original joint venture leadership team in 1994 that established and grew BT Visual Images to become the US acquisition that launched TANDBERG in the North American market in 1997, the business which he led through 2004. Karl received an MBA degree from McGill University and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Dalhousie University. Over the years, he has held several Board positions and has been involved with industry associations working to evangelize and grow the adoption of video conferencing.

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