Enterprise Grade Public Cloud for Collaboration Services

In this series of blogs, we are looking at the advantages, business benefits and business outcomes of enterprise companies migrating to the collaboration cloud; and in particular, why so many companies are choosing to use Videocall in this journey.

In the last blog, we covered off how the collaboration cloud should be considered the same as any other cloud that supports an IT function. You can read that blog here if you missed it.

So, it has been established that the collaboration cloud has matured beyond last years’ issues to become this year’s challenge. Fujitsu, a global leader of IT products and services used Videocall to move to the cloud to deliver their partners, clients and employees, the same high-quality video and audio, ease of use and availability across its global offices. This is a story we find repeated by companies from all sectors.

But what type of cloud did they choose to migrate to? Why? And what were the positive business outcomes that were delivered from their decision?

Along with Fujitsu, Simmons & Simmons LLP, one of the world’s leading law firms, and ITE, the leading organiser of trade exhibitions and conferences globally, are just three well-known companies that have partnered Videocall to move their collaboration to a public cloud. Whilst many companies might fear that the public cloud doesn’t offer all the business outcomes that need addressing, companies like Fujitsu and Simmons & Simmons have led the way knowing that their collaboration service can be enhanced by moving it to the cloud, and that their data is safe in Videocall’s secure public collaboration cloud.  

Public cloud, what exactly does that mean? For a detailed view please read our definitions on types of cloud here.

The obvious and immediate benefit is of course, everything can be outsourced as a service, and SLA’s can be put in place to maintain certain expected levels of that service. This removes in-house pressures and costs, maintains or improves the overall service and allows companies to move to an OpEx funding model.

Videocall’s collaboration cloud and ICE platform (which delivers the collaboration service) have been built with the most stringent and high SLA’s available. This is one of the main reason that large enterprise companies come to Videocall; they simply cannot get the same SLA elsewhere.  

Why do enterprise companies choose public cloud? An advantage of public cloud over private cloud is the flexibility that it offers in terms of demand on usage. Using a public cloud will allow a business to scale up or down usage and deploy IT and collaboration resources in real time, so is perfect for companies experiencing growth, or that require bursts of higher usage.

Simmons & Simmons LLP, used a deployment of Office365 as an opportunity to move completely to the collaboration cloud and combine the use of Skype for Business Online across desktop and mobile devices with the high quality traditional video conferencing meeting rooms. Videocall’s ICE platform supports both Skype for Business Online and traditional video conferencing room technology, providing a tiered interoperable service.

Operation’s Manager Rob Morgan says:

“Simmons & Simmons has been a heavy user of collaboration technology for several years, however the demand and need for improved ease of use and quality meant that the service needed to be evolved. Videocall’s ICE Video-as-a-Service platform, was the choice that fitted our requirements and worked with the Microsoft applications we use; Skype for Business and Outlook. With their single global ITIL 24/7/365 SLA, we know that the service will be delivered and supported around the world.”

You can read the rest of the Simmons & Simmons case study here.

By using Videocall, the companies we support in a migration to the cloud benefit from flexibility and accessibility that the cloud offers, whilst getting all the same functionality and support that an on-premises deployment would offer.

If your company is thinking cloud, or even if they are not, isn’t it time that you talked to Videocall about your collaboration strategy and how it can be optimised to deliver your business outcomes. Use our contact form, email us at cloud@videocall.co.uk or call us on +44 (0)1276 706 706 to start your conversation today.