Real-Time Communications Week in Review: Aspect Software, GENBAND, HP
November 22, 2014
It's been another week of major developments and huge news coming out around the field of real-time communications. Constant growth in the sector has ensured that there's been no shortage of news to discuss, and that poses a problem for many, specifically, how to determine how all these advances fit together into a coherent whole that can prove valuable for enterprise users? With a weekend now at hand, it's a great time to take a closer look at how this all fits together, which is just what we'll do with our Week in Review coverage!
First, GENBAND's Web-based real time communications (WebRTC) evangelist, Chris Vitek, offered up a look at the future of real-time communications, particularly as seen through the lens of GENBAND's own developments in the field. GENBAND's array of real-time communications services, ranging from cloud-ready EXPERiUS to the browser-based GENCom, offers up a variety of new tools for putting real-time communications to work from the developer to the end user.
Next, we got a look at Aspect Software's move to bring in early adopters for its own WebRTC-based platform, the Aspect RTC Platform. Aspect RTC can be put to work in a cloud-based model, as part of an on-premises licensed solution, or as a hybrid model of the two. Under the early adopter plan's provisions, users will focus on embedded audio-only uses, or on audio and video conversations using the Web or mobile apps, and other features will come into play as well.
GENBAND's Kandy made the next piece of news happen, as the software drove a recent all-nighter event for the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). The NJIT event brought in students to compete for a variety of prizes—cash, tablets, even remote-controlled drones—as students worked on the best way to put Kandy to use in a 24 hour period. One of the winners was “Heliograph,” an app that allowed a driver having car trouble to send a wide-scale distress call to area tow truck drivers.
Then HP stepped in with the next bit of news, noting that partnerships were key in supporting telecommunications firms' move to network functions virtualization (NFV). While there have been some major advances of late in the NFV field, it's still much more than a matter of just buying the right software and throwing it on an x86 server. Given HP's leadership in the x86 server space those words had particular weight, but HP's recent partnership with GENBAND drove the point home.
Finally, we had a look at the Web browser in general, and wondered if, indeed, the Web browser was on borrowed time. For mobile, this may prove to be the case as new reports suggest that users spend 86 percent of time on native apps as opposed to just 14 percent on the Web itself. There are still a great many uses for the Web—just consider the desktop market—but with more users turning to mobile devices, it may well be only a matter of time.
That was the week that was in real-time communications, and it was clear there was a lot to handle this week. With advances on several fronts and a major trade show concluded, there was certainly no shortage of events. Our global online community was right in the thick of it, bringing back all the latest news for us to consider. So be sure to join us back here next week for all the latest, and every weekend as well for our Week in Review coverage!