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Video as a Service

In an earlier blog post I mentioned the affordability of video conferencing technology, specifically, cloud based video or video as a service. Video as a service differs from traditional infrastructure based video conferencing in a few ways, the largest difference being hardware.

In a traditional infrastructure based environment there are several hardware components needed to complete the system, all of which provide unique capabilities such as firewall traversal, connectivity for mobile devices and video capture/streaming to name a few. In addition to the “behind the scenes” equipment you have your cameras, microphones and speakers. This kind of system can become quite costly and is not necessary for many end users who do not need/want to manage all solutions in house.

Video as a service is the polar opposite of infrastructure based video with regards to hardware. In many cases such as desktop and mobile deployments all you need when using video as a service is a camera and headset. What makes this possible? The cloud. Cloud-based video as a service virtualizes the hardware used in infrastructure based systems and runs it from a server. The virtualization of software greatly reduces hardware costs and saves your IT personnel time on network maintenance. Another key difference between the two solutions is that video as a service is considered an operating expense whereas the upfront infrastructure needed in traditional video environments is a capital expense.

Veraview has different options that can be scaled to fit your needs/budget. Head on over to our contact page and get in touch, we look forward to answering your questions!

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