WebRTC Solutions Week in Review: AT&T, Radisys, Google, Congo

September 05, 2015

The review of WebRTC Solutions news this week begins with several accolades for the top companies in the field. The first recognition comes from AT&T which recently posted the “Top 19 Companies in WebRTC” on its blog. The extensive list provides some detail about why the companies made the list, so this review will begin by mentioning just the top five.

Coming in first is Google, which has provided constant attention to the W3C standard and is now paving that way for all other developers to get involved. Facebook, with WebRTC support for video chat in its Messenger application, comes in second. Next is Citrix which, with GoToMeeting, has fully embraced this new communications technology. TokBox comes in fourth with its OpenTok platform-as-a-service; it is now part of Telefonica and therefore is making headway in the traditional realm of telecommunications companies. Finally, Sinch rounds out the top five with its communications APIs that try to make WebRTC simple to use.

TMC also recently offered its opinion by placing Radisys on its list of top telecommunications performers. Radisys just took home a 2015 Communications Solutions Product of the Year Award for its vMRF software server, which efficiently handles the transmission of VoLTE, RCS, and WebRTC without a lot of hardware overhead. Big-name companies such as Metaswitch, Mitel, Nokia, Oracle, and ZTE all reportedly use the server for their media processing needs.

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Speaking of Google, the search giant just released its latest WebRTC public service announcement that outlines the steps the company is taking to improve use of its Chrome browser. It mentioned that top priorities are the release of an echo canceler for ChromeOS, Linux, Mac, and Windows, creation of an option for controlling multiple communications routes, implementation of an audio output API, and adding an RtcpMuxPolicy. Google is looking for developer help to make sure these projects are bug-free and ready for public use.

Lastly this week, it is worth noting that the big players aren’t the only ones addressing WebRTC. A Boulder-based startup, Congo, hopes to advance the legal industry with simple chat functions. Congo software allows users to schedule short appointments with lawyers who can answer questions such as, “What is tort law?” It means to take the fear and intimidation away from legal issues. Moreover, it means to remove consumer costs by making the Congo website a subscription for lawyers but free to consumers. Lawyers end up benefiting because it lowers their client acquisition costs and provides exposure to helpful lawyers involved on the site.

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Transforming Network Infrastructure Week in Review: ADTRAN, EMC, Oracle, Platform9

Transforming Network Infrastructure Week in Review: ADTRAN, EMC, Oracle, Platform9

September 05, 2015

This week in Transforming Network Infrastructure saw the launch of new EMC Federation initiatives, an Indian telco tap ADTRAN for gigabit FTTH, Optus virtualize with Cisco, Platform9 and SolidFire join forces, and Oracle announce a new solution.

As reported by Casey Houser, the EMC Federation was created by EMC Corp., and its partners, to provide customers with various computing options without locking them into a single platform. Federation partners include EMC Information Infrastructure, Pivotal, RSA, VCE, Virtustream, and VMware.

Now the group has announced the Federation Ready program to expand the hardware and software deployment options it offers. Also new is the Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Solution, which aims to help business customers make IT processes and workflows more efficient.

Meanwhile, ADTRAN formally announced that New Lisbon Telephone Co. will be using its Total Access 5000 Gigabit technology to bring a range of services to businesses and residential customers in Central Indiana. ADTRAN’s broadband gear powers more than 200 gigabit deployments throughout the U.S.

On the other end of the world, Australian service provider Optus revealed it is using Cisco’s Data Virtualization technology to serve business customers, reports Frank Griffin.

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As for Platform9 and SolidFire, they are combining their respective OpenStack-as-a-service and flash storage technology to cater to the needs of enterprise customers and service providers. This should make deployment and maintenance of OpenStack less complex, according to Platform9 CEO and co-founder Sirish Raghuram. To enable that, the companies plan to provide a point-and-click interface through which business users can manage all facets of their workloads.

Speaking of flash storage, Oracle has released a new version of its FS1 Flash Storage System, as David Delony reports. This solution addresses high-end applications like online transaction processing and can be leveraged in enterprise SAN environments, private and public clouds.

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Conferencing Week in Review: Revolabs, Harman Kardon, P&S Market Research

September 05, 2015

By Steve Anderson
Contributing TMCnet Writer

What a week it was for conferencing! This rapidly-growing field that allows us all to make better connections regardless of where we are physically has given us lots of new opportunities, and plenty of news to consider besides. Now that we've got a long holiday weekend on hand, let's take a step back and consider the wider implications of all this news, a process made simpler with our Week in Review coverage!

First we had a look at a difficult subject: calculating the return on investment (ROI) for telepresence systems. Revolabs offered up a new report suggesting the means of calculating this sometimes elusive number that justifies spending in the field, and suggested two key points to consider. One, start with the current company workflow, as well as the methods of sales used, and two, the existing conferencing and travel costs. Viewing the budget in light of these should help provide a better look at returns.

Next we had a look at how videoconferencing in marketing could come about. While videoconferencing has an excellent potential for connecting a business internally, too few firms are looking at its value as a connection method outside the business. Videoconferencing can add a personal touch to sales calls, allowing for body language and facial expression to be a part of the equation and thus adding a deeper sense of connection.

Harman Kardon stepped in next, with a look at its new Esquire 2 wireless audio system. Built around particularly high-end materials, the system offers top-notch sound as well as a quad-microphone VoiceLogic system to cancel both noise and echoes alike, allowing for full 360 degree pickup even in places with plenty of background noise. The system is highly portable as well, allowing for easy storage in most any briefcase or handbag, and can offer eight hours of play on one charge.

With measures in place to measure ROI, the next step is how to increase ROI, and that's what the next news item looked at. A new report from Revolabs (News - Alert) suggested measures to actually increase videoconferencing ROI, including making sure that the system purchased was the right system for a business' needs from the start, putting a little extra focus on the acoustics of the room using the system, and sparing a thought for making conferencing work better with the growing bring your own device (BYOD) doctrine.

Finally, we had a look at the wider unified communications (UC) market, and discovered that this was a market primed for impressive growth. With a wide variety of different fields going into this market—ranging from videoconferencing to instant messaging to mobility and beyond—it's not surprising that an upcoming P&S Market Research study suggests big growth, though not without some challenges afoot.

That was the week that was in videoconferencing, and there was plenty going on in the field. As this new technology's impact is fully felt in the field, and new products and services are generated, there's likely to be plenty more news to come. Our global online community will continue to be right at the heart of it all, so be sure to join us back here next week for all the latest, and every weekend for our Week in Review as well!

Lync Migration Week in Review: Masergy, Apple, Cisco, Skype for Business, More

September 05, 2015

By Dominick Sorrentino Web Editor

Leaders in the unified communications space are facing an exciting business communications climate.  An increasing shift toward enterprise mobility, BYOD and the growing demand for enhanced real-time features are placing new demands on UC solution providers. The bigwigs like Microsoft’s (News - Alert) Skype for Business, and possibly even Apple in a new development, are doing what they can to deliver. Let’s take a look at the events that unfolded this week with our week in review coverage.

First up, it’s always nice to get a bit of recognition for all of your hard work. Masergy can tell you; the company received a Communications Solutions Product of the Year Award this week for its UCaaS Analyst. The Masergy UCaaS Analyst helps IT to instantly locate any issues anywhere in the UC environment and take the necessary actions to resolve the problem. Learn more about the solution, and the prestigious award presented by TMC (News - Alert) in the full article.

Another firm that provides comprehensive overviews of players in the business collaboration space is Gartner, which publishes its annual Gartner Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications report. Among the report’s many insights this year is the finding that the UC market has matured—but still has a long way to go. Reporter Joe Rizzo breaks down the findings, and provides additional analysis in-depth HERE.

On to perhaps the biggest news item of the week: Cisco (News - Alert) and Apple are partnering up to make Apple devices more compatible with Cisco collaboration products and Cisco-powered networks. The move, according to reporter Phil Edholm (News - Alert), is Apple and Cisco’s response to Microsoft’s Skye for Business platform. Get the details of the collaboration, and Edholm’s complete analysis, HERE.

And finally, long-awaited Skype (News - Alert) for Business is here, which means the time for transition is now. In order to make the migration to migration as seamless as possible, Skype for Business will be hosting a free, day-long seminar in Irvine, California titled “Skype for Business & Office 365—A Tutorial.” Click here to get a preview of the upcoming tutorial, which is schedule for September 15.

That’s a wrap, but be sure to check back early and often for all the news, features and analysis that matter in what has become a fascinating aspect of business communications. 

Have a lovely weekend!