The InfoComm 2013 conference in Orlando last week generated a good bit of news in the videoconferencing sector.
Avaya announced the Video Collaboration Solution for IP Office, aimed at small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The move adds video to Avaya’s IP Office unified communications platform. Avaya pointed to the rationale for directly addressing this segment. Thirty percent of SMEs, the company said, go beyond simple webcams in their video endeavors and video collaboration technologies could double during the next year.
Blue Jeans also used the conference to introduce the second generation of its video conferencing service, which has a redesigned user interface, better content-sharing capabilities and in-meeting controls:
The company's Blue Jeans Network leverages the cloud to create online meeting environments where people can collaborate regardless of the endpoints they use. The solution can support various video and audio protocols, and the bridging capabilities enable businesses to have more than a couple of people join the meeting without relying on expensive hardware-based multipoint control units (MCUs).
Infinity is described as a “truly virtualized conferencing platform” by Pexip, and this means that it is made up of a collection of virtual machines which operate on x86-based servers, and can work with virtualization tools that users already have in place. According to the company, users can also increase port capacity on-demand through the virtualization element, and can perform upgrades with zero downtime.
Cisco acquired Tandberg in 2009.