Juniper Networks Invests In Vidyo

Yesterday, it was announced that Vidyo has received another round of funding, this time from Juniper Networks, bringing their total funding to $97M. From the article:

“Vidyo makes video conferencing software that allows organizations to very efficiently and effectively make and receive video calls across any number of connected devices. Its video compression technology is based on H.264 Scalable Video Coding (SVC), which can be used to deploy high-quality video conferencing, even on constrained mobile networks.”

Here at VSee, we provide high quality video without complicated infrastructure or video servers, and at less than half the bandwidth that Vidyo requires.

Read our article here: VSee – Free Alternative to Vidyo Telepresence Business Video Conference – Comparison

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The Next Big Thing In Videoconferencing

VSee in CongressIs Vidyo really the next big thing in video conferencing?  Sure, it has been getting a lot of attention about being the new Cisco and Polycom of the video conferencing world, but this is more because Vidyo gives most of the bang of Cisco, Polycom, Avaya/Radvision in video quality for just a third of the bucks.  If you want to talk about a truly different way of doing video conferencing, then Continue reading

VSee At VoIP Users Conference

Last Friday, Milton our fearless CEO, was the guest speaker for the hour-long VoIP Users Conference (VUC).   If you’ve never been to a Milton talk, he’s really good at inspiring you to try out VSee, and I, personally, always end up learn something new from him.   Besides highlighting how VSee’s design philosophy makes it more collaborative than other products, he also answered a lot of great questions you may also have had about VSee, such as

  • How is VSee different from Google+ video chat?
  • Does VSee plan to have WebRTC integration for those without the VSee client?
  • What makes VSee more secure than H.323/SIP videoconferencing?

If you want to hear some of the answers and get a more in-depth look at VSee, you can listen to a recording of Milton’s talk here or share the talk with a friend.

About VUC

Btw, VUC is a weekly program that holds fairly technical live discussions with a guest speaker about “VoIP, SIP, Asterisk and all kinds of telephony-related topics,” which means that you’ve got a shot at getting your more difficult questions answered :)  The discussion is held live each Friday at 9 AM PST or 12 noon EST, and they’ve got it going by phone, Skype, SIP, and Google+ Hangouts.  There is also an IRC (chatroom) you want to hop on so you can make side talk and ask questions without being disruptive.  Listeners from all over the world call in, and they record all their shows in case you have to miss it.  If you want to pop in on a talk sometime, you may want to check out their schedule of upcoming speakers.

 

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Radvision Videoconferencing: Latest Avaya Acquisition Ups Ante For Cisco

The urge to catch the videoconferencing wave is irresistible.  Last month, VCON was purchased by ClearOne which specializes in voice conferencing.  Last Thursday, Avaya, a giant in the VoIP market, providing an variety of equipment and services for unified communications, contact centers, and related services, confirmed rumors that it will be acquiring longtime video conferencing provider Radvision for approximately $230 million.  This gives Avaya a little more oomph as it tries to keep its lead over Cisco in the VoIP market, further adding to their Aura Unified Communications offerings.  Meanwhile Radvision is bolstered by joining a name brand with global presence.

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Did H.323 Kill VCON? Is Blue Jeans Next?

Last week, ClearOne, a provider of audio conferencing equipment with about $43M market cap, announced their acquisition of Israel-based VCON Video Conferencing.

While this puts ClearOne in the precarious position of turning some of their customers into direct competitors and driving some businesses towards their competition such as Phoenix Audio Technologies, it’s a clear a win for them if they can get a big enough piece of the videoconferencing market with VCON.  (By-the-bye both ClearOne and Phoenix make excellent echo cancellation mics that work great with VSee!)

VCON was founded in 1994, and at one point was a public company listed on the Paris Stock Exchange.  Although it did quite well as a provider of traditional standards-based H.323 videoconferencing systems, binding itself to H.323 has kept VCON from innovating, and the company is rarely talked about these days.  My guess is that the VCON acquisition price is in the $3M – 5M range – a heart-breaking outcome considering its glory days as a public company.  On the other hand, companies that saw beyond H.323, like Skype, ooVoo, WebEx, have enjoyed tremendous growth and commercial success even with VCON’s start from a dominating position.

Although standards-based H.323 systems kicked off the videoconferencing industry, the platform is cumbersome, hard to use, has deep security flaws, and worst of all, strangles the ability of the field to focus on user experience.  Rumors on the street is that Blue Jeans Networks is rethinking its H.323 strategy, given its service’s poor adoption so far.  I think VCON is a great wake up call for Blue Jeans.  Only if it can think beyond H.323 and do it well before the company runs out of money will Blue Jeans have a chance to escape the tragic outcome of VCON.

Where do you think Blue Jeans is heading?

 

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