Videoconferencing Doesn't Appear Cloudy

Frank Ohlhorst
With all sorts of technologies being forced into the cloud, Avistar shows that the cloud may not be the place to be, at least when it comes to multi-user videoconferencing.

I had the opportunity to take an in-depth look at Avistar's C3 family of videoconferencing products and came to the conclusion that some technologies just don't belong in the cloud. Avistar's products use the good, old-fashioned, reliable client server model to bring videoconferencing that actually works to the corporate desktop, all without the mention of a cloud-private, local or otherwise.

After exploring the intricacies of the product, the bandwidth requirements and the benefits of a 'behind the firewall installation,' it became obvious that certain services have no business being placed out in the ether, especially high-performance videoconferencing.

That said, my stance on "non-cloudified" products may not last long. With a touch of virtualization, a browser-based client and a bit of massaging, Avistar C3 could probably effectively work as a cloud service. It will simply become a matter of bandwidth and latency to overcome any issues-and a growing WAN acceleration market provides the answers to those issues.

If you are interested in what Avistar is all about, read my full review here.



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