At VMware Partner Exchange Vidyo Demonstrates what’s Possible with Virtual Visual Communication

The Vidyo Booth at the VMware Partner Exchange Conference (#707 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas) will be a great place to explore just what is possible when you combine the technology of two cutting-edge companies: Vidyo and VMware!

Vidyo will be providing a technology showcase that demonstrates an integration between Vidyo’s industry leading HD video conferencing with VMware Zimbra’s open source email and calendar platform. Just how cool is VMware Zimbra?  A recent posting in the “The VAR Guy” points to Zimbra as a popular alternative platform for building public and private cloud services. The VAR Guy states that according to a recent article in the New York Times, Zimbra was awarded the third highest number of federal government contracts for which industry Goliaths, Google and Microsoft, competed in 2012. It sounds like Zimbra is disrupting the enterprise email, calendar and collaboration industry in the same way that Vidyo is a game-changer in the video conferencing market.  There’s definitely some great synergy and potential here!

“In the mobile era, businesses are demanding simpler and richer ways of communication and collaboration,” said John Robb, GM of VMware’s Zimbra. “IT departments and employees expect cloud-based collaboration that can be accessed on any device with a mix of real time and asynchronous communication. VMware Zimbra and Vidyo address those needs by providing a mix of video, email, calendar and more
in a single user experience.”

The Partner Exchange demo will be of special interest to IT departments and channel parntners looking to virtualize all of their apps.  In addition to the VMware Zimbra demo, visitors to the Vidyo booth will also see a technology demonstration of VidyoDesktop™ running on VMware View®, enabling high quality video communication and an enhanced user experience in VMware’s managed, secure environment. Via Vidyo’s flexible API capabilities, adding visual collaboration into the Zimbra workflow is an easy process that enables this powerful integration, allowing users to escalate to visual collaboration when they need it within their email and calendar workflow.  As the Partner Exchange demo will show, a user will be able to “right click” on a name or user group within Zimbra email and immediately initiate a Vidyo conference with that person or people.  Just as easily, a user will be able to open up a new appointment within the Zimbra calendar application and simply click into a Vidyo meeting.

Although the demo is still only at the prototype stage, at the Vidyo Partner Exchange booth, we are already imagining the possibilities!  Stop by and see for yourself! Vidyo Booth #707 at the VMware Partner Exchange Conference, Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas; February 25-27, 2013.

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Michal Raz is Vice President of Business Development at Vidyo and is responsible for strategic partnerships that align with the Vidyo strategy for video collaboration and virtualization. Michal brings over 17 years of background in business development, strategic planning, marketing and engineering. Michal joined Vidyo from RADVISION where she served in a series of roles in engineering, business development, marketing and strategy. Michal is a visual communications veteran with a passion for innovation. Michal graduated with honors with a B.Sc. degree in Chemistry from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology. Michal also received a Software Engineering scholarship from the Israeli electronics industry consortium and the Technion.

A Brighter Future in Video Conferencing: UCI Forum Approves H.264/MPEG-4 Part 10 AVC and Scalable Video Coding (SVC) Modes Specification

Video conferencing technology has vastly improved over the last several years creating new market opportunities and opening a significantly larger addressable market compared with 2-3 years ago. As mentioned in Frost & Sullivan’s 2013 “Best Practices Research Report,” Vidyo has developed a platform that enabled this growth, and has benefited from the innovations it has brought to the market. Among them is H.264 Scalable Video Coding (SVC).

The recent approval of H.264/MPEG-4 Part 10 AVC and SVC Modes Version 1.0 specification from the Unified Communications Interoperability Forum (UCI Forum) is an important milestone for the entire industry.  It is the first step towards offering better video communication to customers by enabling them to deploy mixed-vendor solutions with confidence. The approved specification is also great news for Vidyo, as our customers have repeatedly asked for interoperability. The approval of this specification widens the doorway to seamless interoperability at the media level, as SVC is adopted by more and more vendors.

Vidyo has always been an advocate for SVC and, in fact, helped lay the initial groundwork for the original H.264 SVC specification. Vidyo engineers worked closely within standard development groups such as the ITU-T, MPEG, and the IETF, and even co-wrote parts of the SVC specifications. H.264 SVC technology folds seamlessly into today’s videoconferencing architectures and addresses several issues surrounding visual communications on unreliable networks.

H.264 SVC is an international standard. The large number of options and configuration choices, however, hinders interoperation between products from different vendors. The goal of the UCI Forum H.264 AVC & SVC Modes specification is to provide detailed guidance as to what operating modes and capabilities are required of both decoders and encoders, in order to enable interoperability. The specification that was just completed is the first step: it concerns the video bitstream format only and was developed as a joint effort of the membership of the H.264/SVC Task Group of UCI Forum. As a result, the H.264/SVC specification is not the product of a single vendor, but rather represents the consensus of several different H.264 SVC implementors.

As more companies realize H.264 SVC’s value in addressing market needs, you are sure to see the SVC adoption rise. In fact many companies have begun to adopt SVC in one form or another just this past year. Vidyo has been steadfast in its commitment to facilitating interoperability of the H.264 SVC standard for over six years.  Our VidyoRouter architecture, which features H.264 SVC and Adaptive Video Layering, is being embraced by more and more customers from a variety of markets due to the many unique benefits it offers: exceptional quality, highly scalable, affordable video conferencing, accessible via any network using any device, just for starters. We now have thousands of customers using Vidyo’s technology and our 3rd generation video communications products, who enjoy the benefits of this groundbreaking architecture every single day.

We are dedicated to continuing this pursuit into the future and to making this vital technology available to all. So keep an eye on H.264 SVC as more work is underway to enable interoperability at the transport and signaling levels.

For more information about the new H.264/SVC specification, click here.
For more information about SVC and Video Communications, click here.
For more information about UCI Forum, click here.

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Alex drives the technical vision and direction for Vidyo and also represents the company on standardization committees and technical advisory boards. He is an award-winning researcher, bringing over 23 years of research experience in video compression and communications to his role at Vidyo. Prior to Vidyo he was an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at Columbia University. Alex has more than 100 publications, holds 64 patents (several of which are used in Blu-ray Disc, H.264/AVC, and ATSC digital television systems), and has served as the Editor of the MPEG-4 Systems specification, Co-Editor of the H.264 SVC Conformance specification, and Co-Editor of IETF’s RTP Payload Format for SVC.  He is a Member of the Boards of IMTC and of the UCI Forum, and co-chairs the IMTC SVC Activity Group as well as the UCI Forum’s SVC Technical Working Group.

 

 

Vidyo Tops Polycom and Cisco, Wins Frost & Sullivan’s Global Video Conferencing Technology Leadership Award

If you’re hearing some delighted hoots and hollers coming from the direction of Vidyo this week, it’s because we’ve got something really great to “crow” about!  According to Frost & Sullivan (F&S), one of the premier global research organizations in the world, Vidyo has shown measurable leadership in the video conferencing arena, based on its innovation and value to customers.  After reviewing and evaluating Vidyo along with two other recognized video conferencing vendors (Cisco and Polycom), it was determined that Vidyo was indeed the technology leader of the group, based on a variety of criteria.  For that accomplishment, we have received the F&S 2013 Global Video Conferencing Technology Leadership Award, and we couldn’t be prouder!

Frost & Sullivan has been around for 50 years with 1,800 analysts and consultants who monitor over 300 industries and 250,000 companies.   So, when this group does an evaluation, they do a thorough investigation! Their decision matrix shows that Vidyo ranked higher than the other two vendors even with a lower Brand Perception. While Vidyo’s technology clearly dominated, it is also important to note F&S ranked Vidyo’s Customer Value ahead of the other two vendors.

To download the full report, click here.

As we’ve been consistently saying for over 5 years now, Vidyo believes that it is essential that video conferencing is simple, natural and universal.  It needs to work with any device, be available on any available network, and be accessible to everyone at an affordable price.  We have been steadfast in our commitment to making that kind of video conferencing a reality and this award is a testament that Vidyo has succeeded.

The F&S report cited that recent product updates, such as VidyoWay and the first $750 Executive Desktop System, were also a compelling factor in the evaluation.  According to the report:  “Vidyo’s solutions have a good fit with the emerging trends and offer customers a new and more scalable approach to video conferencing, eliminating the traditional hurdles toadoption. The VidyoRouter is an apt fit for global enterprises, since it saves on hardware costs that are normally incurred over geographically dispersed
deployments and has a significantly slimmer footprint adding to the operating savings afforded by the lower cost commodity networks. These factors make Vidyo an affordable and scalable solution for virtually any sized enterprise.”

2013 has only just begun … and we’ve still got some mountains to move … but this is a great way to start this year!  F&S’s research reveals the market for video conferencing systems and services stands at a whopping $3.2 billion. The 21st Century technological emphasis on sharing, on openness, and on instantaneous communication indicates this momentum shows no signs of abating.  Well…bring it on!! Vidyo is ready!  We remain committed to transforming the way the world communicates and collaborates … and we’re certain that Vidyo will be front and center in that new world!

To read the full Frost and Sullivan press release, click here!

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Marty Hollander is Vidyo’s SVP of Market Development. With more than 20 years of high-tech marketing experience, Marty specializes in developing lasting strategic assets through creative market development. Previously, Marty served as Vice President of Marketing at Cemaphore Systems, Latitude Communications (later acquired by Cisco) and ProactiveNet (later acquired by BMC). He also founded CollectiveSpace and IntelliCorp, where he played a variety of executive roles. Marty has also held senior level positions at Silicon Graphics and Storm Technology. Marty earned an MBA from Stanford University as well as an MS from Carnegie-Mellon University.