The Vaas Series: What is Video as a Service?
Often referred to a VaaS (Video as a Service) or even VCaaS (Video Conferencing as a Service), Video as a Service is a buzzword in the video conferencing industry, but what exactly is it?
Defined on Wikipedia as: The delivery of multiparty or point-to-point video conferencing capabilities over an IP network by a managed service provider.
Andrew W. Davis, Senior Analyst at Wainhouse Research (a leading independent market research firm that focuses on critical issues in the unified communicationsand collaboration (UC&C) market) defines it as: A hosted service that provides a customer with all the infrastructure needed to make calls; either point to point or multipoint.
They are similar enough, but there appears to be other people using definitions that include phrases such as:
A hosted VMR (Virtual Meeting Room) on the internet or a hosted web link (pin codes don’t equate to security); or even a software application on a desktop computer.
Getting confused yet?
Personally, we think all of the above define VaaS one or two years ago. VaaS has moved on. Customers have demanded it moves on. We don’t think that any of the above really sum up what video as a service should and can offer a business today.
What every business is entitled to when thinking about using VaaS, and what we define it as is:
Video conferencing that can be accessed and consumed as and when; it’s on demand. It should be high quality in both audio and video, secure, scalable and hosted in a public, private or hybrid cloud (dependant on the business needs). VaaS should deliver enterprise experience and functionality to everyone.
If you are reading this article then the chances are that you have heard about VaaS or have been asked to look into it, and need to find out more. Why might it be a good investment for my company? What does it do? How does it fit within the business in terms of technology, workforce and culture? Hopefully we can help.
We have decided to write a series of posts that should help walk you through the decision of whether VaaS is right for your company, answering as many questions as you already have, and hopefully even some that you might not yet have thought about.
Whether you are new to the idea of video conferencing as a service or whether it has been something you have been researching for a while, we have written topics to cover off every level.
Simply click on the article title that you think will help you most:
If you have decided that VaaS is right for your business needs, then the next stage is to find a provider. Of course we are going to recommend Videocall as the partner to use. However, we understand that you will want to find out more about us as a company, our level of work, the companies we work with and why our video conferencing service is the right service for you.
ICE (Intelligent Cloud Experience) is Videocall’s VaaS offering. You can read more about the benefits of ICE in this article.
Finally, you may have one final question having decided that Videocall’s ICE is the perfect solution for your company. How easy is it to move to ICE? Luckily we have that covered off as well, whether you are moving to your first VaaS solution or whether you are moving from another service that has been inadequate.
If there are any questions that we have managed to miss covering the answer to then please leave a comment, or contact one of our team. We will be happy to help you find the answer you need to move forward.