The Importance of Scalability in your Video Conferencing System

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Video is leaving the dedicated conference room and becoming a standard communication tool as well as part of the individual’s daily workflow. The days of video conferencing as a nice-to-have substitute for the corporate jet are long gone. The increasingly pervasive nature of video conferencing has had a profound impact on the scalability requirements of the visual communication system which now must support tens of thousands of users where once it only had to support several dozen or at most a few hundred video rooms.

Due to the intense real time processing required for real-time video, dedicated purpose-built hardware and hardened appliances have been historically deployed as they delivered consistent scale and video quality. As organisations move to capitalise on the numerous benefits of virtualised datacentres, the video collaboration infrastructure needs to be virtualised as well and with the same predictability and quality as the traditional hardened appliances.

As a result, video communications platforms are evolving in three major directions: On-premises (software or hardened appliances), virtualised software running in datacentres, and cloud based Video as a Service (VaaS) offerings.

But how do you choose the best platform for your business – one that gives you the scalability that you can see now, and foresee for the future?

Take a look at this white paper from Polycom which reviews the areas that organisations need to consider in order to make an informed decision about their virtualised video collaboration network.

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