Vidyo at 2011 Enterprise Connect: A Welcome Disruption

Enterprise connect is drawing to a close, and what a great event it was for Vidyo! We made two significant announcements: VidyoReplay’s recording and webcast features enable users to archive and share their video conferencing content with whomever they like, whenever they want, from any endpoint. VidyoRouter Cloud Edition delivers the most affordable scalability for telecom carriers and large organizations to deploy Personal Telepresence as a cloud service. VidyoRouter Cloud Edition is the answer to the demands placed on infrastructure as mobile endpoints and the need for video conferencing  and cost increase providing up to 90% savings over other solutions while supporting thousands of concurrently connected endpoints.

Vidyo was honored that VidyoRouter Cloud Edition was selected as a 2011 finalist for the Enterprise Connect award and twice as excited that HP’s Visual Collaboration Executive Desktop HP TouchSmart 600 Quad was also a finalist. Vidyo’s CMO Ashish Gupta is pictured here with HP’s Tom Carhart, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for Visual Collaboration.

Vidyo and HP announced a partnership in June 2010 under which HP would expand its Visual Collaboration offering using Vidyo’s complete VidyoConferencing line of software-based desktop and room system-based solutions running on HP servers. Additionally, Vidyo’s CEO, Ofer Shapiro, joined John Bartlett of NetForecast, Ira Weinstein of Wainhouse Research and Cisco, Polycom, Microsoft and Radvision for a panel discussion about video conferencing interoperability, video protocols, and standards. Last year Ofer Shapiro participated in the same panel when SVC (Scalable Video Codec) was at the core of an industry debate. At that time, H.264 SVC-based technology was relatively new to the market and its impact was still being questioned.  What a difference a year makes! The scale has tipped as many companies followed Vidyo’s early lead by announcing support for SVC. The majority of the panel acknowledged that they are moving to next generation architectures and disruption is occurring in the market today. They also agreed that gateway -based solutions will continue to enable interoperability in the near term. One notable comment came from Microsoft’s Warren Barkley, Director of Partner Engineering, who acknowledged the impact of next generation architectures and even referred to Vidyo as a company leading innovation.

Another interesting session featured customers sharing their experiences and views about the challenges and success of deploying video conferencing. The session was moderated by John Bartlett who was joined by Andrew Davis, from Wainhouse Research and panelists Rob Goodwin of ESPN, Case Murphy of AOL, Russ Cary of SAS, and Charles Kazilek of Arizona State University. A key issue raised was the network overhaul required by many video conferencing solutions. Several panelists voiced their frustration with hidden network challenges. Case Murphy of AOL shared that he was lucky – his network could handle video despite the new requirements with no issues. ESPN and SAS clearly had to rethink and rebuild their network with the solutions they selected. When asked about networking challenges, Arizona State University’s Charles Kazilek paused, smiled, and said “I’d like to say I feel your pain but… I don’t feel your pain since I use Vidyo!” With Vidyo’s technology, ASU didn’t have to make changes to his network: A video conferencing decision shouldn’t require a network overhaul. Nuff said!

The following interview says it all!  Techweb TV’s David Berlind interviewed Vidyo’s Director of Product Marketing, Mark Noble.  Check out why David is so excited about Vidyo:

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Related Links:

- More information about Vidyo’s participation at Enterprise Connect: Click here.
- Full VidyoReplay press release:
“Vidyo Announces Availability of Recording and Webcasting Solution for Video Conferencing”
- Full VidyoRouter Cloud Edition press release: “Vidyo Architecture Offers Unmatched Scalability and Economics for Large Enterprise and Carrier Video Conferencing”

 

Enterprise Connect Party: Gators, Stilts, Artists and… Personal Telepresence!

What a night!

Vidyo was the host of the 2011 Enterprise Connect party in Orlando Florida and we all had a wonderful time. This was a great way for us to announce our new VidyoRouter Cloud Edition and to answer questions about how its architecture will change the video conferencing industry.

As promised, here are some cool pictures from the evening:

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We thank everyone who joined in on the fun and hope that they all enjoyed it as much as we did!

You can still come have a chat with us today and tomorrow at Enterprise Connect, booth #1209: Don’t hesitate to stop by!

 

VidyoReplay Enables Users to Record and Webcast from Vidyo Endpoints

Enterprise Connect is buzzing with new and exciting technologies, and among other noteworthy demonstrations, Vidyo is showcasing its just-announced  VidyoReplay solution, at Booth #1209.

VidyoReplay allows users to easily webcast and record their Vidyo conferences via their web browser and to watch them either in real time, or at any time after the conference. Users can also record and webcast from Vidyo endpoints, including hand held devices, laptops, desktops and VidyoRoom systems.  With VidyoReplay, conferences can be recorded in standard web video file (FLV) format with no proprietary player required to view the recorded content.

Here is a clip recorded over VidyoReplay, of Vidyo’s Director of Product Marketing, Mark Noble, giving a quick overview and demonstration of VidyoReplay’s capabilities:

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VidyoReplay has been used in a wide variety of environments ranging from legal firms, healthcare, governmental uses, to applications for K-12 and higher education. Charles Kazilek, Director of Technology Integration and Outreach of Arizona State University’s School of Life Sciences, uses Vidyo in an ASU classroom setting for high-quality Vidyo exchanges with Smithsonian Institution scientists and researchers located in the jungles of Panama.

“With VidyoReplay we can now capture these valuable interactions to use as an educational resource for larger groups of students to view and learn from; it enhances the learning experience for our faculty and students alike,” he says. “The Vidyo system transforms typical mediated classrooms on campus into real time, research and learning environments. No other video communications solution offers the kind of access, ease-of-use and quality that we’re getting from Vidyo and now, with VidyoReplay, ability to record and broadcast the content of this video collaboration. Vidyo has opened a range of education and research opportunities that we never thought would be possible.”

For more details on VidyoReplay’s technology and offering, click here!

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Related Links:

- More information about Vidyo’s participation at Enterprise Connect: Click here!
- Full VidyoReplay press release:
“Vidyo Announces Availability of Recording and Webcasting Solution for Video Conferencing”
- Full VidyoRouter Cloud Edition press release: “Vidyo Architecture Offers Unmatched Scalability and Economics for Large Enterprise and Carrier Video Conferencing”

 

Vidyo at Enterprise Connect 2011: Here, There and Everywhere

Enterprise Connect 2011 is just around the corner! The show will take place in Orlando, Florida from February 28 to March 3 and will be all about communication technologies that are transforming today’s business world. Needless to say, Vidyo is excited to be part of the discussion and to join in on the fun!

For those not yet familiar with the name “Enterprise Connect”, it’s probably because it has been known for a decade as “VoiceCon”. The folks at VoiceCon realized that we truly are in a fast moving world and communications evolved immensely in the past ten years and they wanted the name of the event to reflect this change. As they explained it themselves, enterprise communications now include voice, video and data media. “VoiceCon” thus became “Enterprise Connect”. With the evolution of bandwidth capacities, of chipsets and with the explosion of the mobile device market, more and more people are now ready to take the next step towards natural, effortless communications… and that is something that we are extremely excited about, here at Vidyo. At this year’s Enterprise Connect, Vidyo will be featured at several sites and events:

- We will be on the Exhibit Floor, at booth #1209, where we will be featuring the recently announced VidyoRouter™ Cloud Edition, the next stage in the VidyoConferencing™ architecture.

- Vidyo has also been honored by industry luminaries and selected from the most progressive enterprise communications companies out as a finalist for the “Best of Enterprise Connect Award”.

- The official Enterprise Connect party will be sponsored by Vidyo this year: over 900 people will be joining us on Monday, March 1 from 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm at the Emerald Bay Plaza in the Gaylord Hotel. – Vidyo will also be holding a press conference on Tuesday March 1, from 12 pm to 1.30 pm at the Gaylord Hotel’s Tallahassee 2 Conference Room with Ofer Shapiro, Vidyo’s co-founder and CEO and Ashish Gupta, Vidyo’s Chief Marketing Officer and SVP Corporate Development. (RSVP required to anais@vidyo.com.)

If you’re planning on attending Enterprise Connect 2011, don’t be a stranger! Come by the booth, say hello, and see an amazing demo!

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Related Links:

- More information about Vidyo’s participation at Enterprise Connect: Click here.
- Full VidyoRouter Cloud Edition press release: “Vidyo Architecture Offers Unmatched Scalability and Economics for Large Enterprise and Carrier Video Conferencing”
- InformationWeek article: “Vidyo Intros Scalable Enterprise Videoconferencing
- CRN article: “Vidyo Ups Channel Ante With Cloud-Based Video Routing”
- Lightreading article: “Vidyo Puts Services Spin on Videoconferencing”


Vidyo extends HD video conferencing to thousands of endpoints, reduces cost up to 90% and offers free firewall traversal

For years, many industry players have been debating which video codec would propel the market forward into the next chapter of video communications. H.264 SVC has now emerged as the industry’s choice, as more companies align with Vidyo’s groundbreaking platform based on the Scalable Video Coding standard. But the innovation is not in the H.264 SVC standard,  but in how Vidyo’s architecture can leverage  the standard… and today, Vidyo announced the next stage in the evolution of the VidyoConferencing architecture: VidyoRouter™ Cloud Edition.

This game-changing platform allows video conferencing users to get amazing HD video communications from anywhere, on any network, with cost reduced  by up to 90%, and free and safe firewall traversal. VidyoRouter Cloud Edition will be key  in an IT manager’s arsenal as he balances  the challenges of increased user demand for video communications on mobile devices, desktops and room systems with the need to contain network costs.

VidyoRouter Cloud Edition  has been selected as an  Enterprise Connect Finalist and will debut  next week at the show in Orlando, where Vidyo will host  the official conference party  on Monday night. Vidyo  will also host a press conference Tuesday, March 1 to share more on platform leadership.

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Related Links:

- Full VidyoRouter Cloud Edition press release: “Vidyo Architecture Offers Unmatched Scalability and Economics for Large Enterprise and Carrier Video Conferencing”
- InformationWeek article: “Vidyo Intros Scalable Enterprise Videoconferencing
- CRN article: “Vidyo Ups Channel Ante With Cloud-Based Video Routing”
- Lightreading article: “Vidyo Puts Services Spin on Videoconferencing”

Guest Blogger, Lotus Expert Chris Miller, Weighs in on Vidyo’s Integration With IBM Lotus Sametime

IBM Lotus Sametime has an interesting history in enterprise presence, chat, meetings and audio/video communication.  As a merger between two companies, it was hobbled together to emerge as a leader. Databeam and Ubique were brought together to create a single package of H.323 meeting services and a new idea of “presence awareness.”

The core of IBM Lotus Sametime runs with a Lotus Domino server.  This portion of the infrastructure controls presence, awareness, chat and the classic meeting services (such things as screen sharing, whiteboard and some audio/video).  Recently, IBM expanded the product to include installation portions on IBM Websphere Application Server (WAS) to enhance the meeting, client proxy access and media services. Network Address Translation (NAT), proxies and all types of firewall rules stop the current meeting services in their tracks.  This limits the growth of the media services as companies still look to outside vendors to host all types of meeting services.

Video communication has been slowly ballooning into a daily utility instead of only seen in large corporations with global locations. As I participate in more meetings, webcasts, screensharing and casual business calls, I am being asked if video connectivity is possible.

Businesses are moving through stages and evolution.  A big push was the conference calls.  Soon screen sharing was available and travel started declining.  But the face to face portion needed a comeback.  The phone alone does not promote the full mental image of how the person is receiving our message.  Visual indicators have long been a form of adjusting your conversation.  Being able to see a reaction, distraction and provide early action helps everyone feel they are making sound business decisions.

There are quite a few partners trying to integrate with Lotus Sametime, and a new partner recently emerged who exceeded my expectations of capabilities.  That was Vidyo.  I first read their press release and then I read the website to find eight products emcompassing a huge array of capabilities, even up to broadcast TV capability.

Imagine bringing the type of technology that Vidyo delivers to a leader in presence awareness in the enterprises?  Both sides of this puzzle win.  Lotus Sametime users get cutting edge, HD-quality video technology.  Vidyo gains another entry point to new customers to offer more of their portfolio.

With LDAP directory authentication, Vidyo can see your Domino directory.  With browser support across the board, no company should face compatibility issues. And Vidyo can optimize its transport to accommodate any bandwidth constraints.  I am excited to investigate and test their portfolio even more.

Note: No compensation or exchange was made for writing this blog posting.  I’ve spent quite a bit of time reading and testing some of the technology.  That sold me so far.

Here is the video clip of my interview with Vidyo’s Director of Product Marketing Mark Noble:

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Chris Miller is the Director of Messaging and Collaboration for Connectria, the largest hosting provider for Lotus software.  He is known as IdoNotes across the social networks.  He is the founder of Spiked Studio Productions, which produces numerous podcast and webcasts including IdoNotes, TheSocialGeeks, TheSocialNetworker, ConsultantInYourPocket, Lotusphere Podcasts, Notes in 9 and more.  You can find and contact him on any network as @IdoNotes.

Verizon, China Mobile, Alcatel-Lucent and Intel Select Vidyo for LTE Demos

Barcelona, Spain is presently buzzing with close to 50,000 international visitors to the Mobile World Congress, where the best and the brightest companies and products from all over the globe are being exhibited, and in-depth sessions covering the industry’s key growth areas are being held.  It’s a veritable “who’s who” of the Mobile industry and Vidyo is in the center spotlight of several exciting demos from leading players in the market. Check out who is featuring Vidyo at Mobile World Congress!

  • Alcatel-Lucent and Verizon Wireless in a live 4G multi-continent gaming and live video conferencing demonstration between Barcelona and a moving 4G LTE-enabled vehicle in the United States.
  • Alcatel-Lucent in a demonstration of high-quality video conferencing via TD-LTE, between passengers driving in a brand new Audi A8 automobile wired for broadband with LTE, cruising the neighborhood around the Arts Hotel in Barcelona, and people at the LTE TDD/FDD International Summit inside the hotel.
  • Intel in a demonstration featuring a multiparty HD Vidyo™ conference using WiMAX and LTE, connecting three Intel-based tablets running Windows® 7 positioned at different booths located within the MWC Exhibit Hall, and a PC desktop participant at a remote location, connected via the Internet.

If you happen to be at MWC in Barcelona right now (lucky you!) make sure to experience Vidyo in a live multi-player, multi-continent gaming and multi-party audio/video conferencing by visiting the Verizon Wireless booth (Hall 8, Stall 8C55) and/or the Alcatel-Lucent booth (Hall 6, Stall 6C23).  You can also view the WiMAX and LTE demonstration at Intel’s Booth (Stall 8B192 in Hall 8).

Here is a clip of the demonstration of gaming and VidyoConferencing over Verizon’s 4G network at the Alcatel Lucent booth:

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Read the full release here: “Vidyo Featured in Demonstrations of HD Video Conferencing via LTE at Mobile World Congress

Vidyo Wakes up Al Roker and the Weather Channel

In case you missed this,  in early January, Al Roker – from The Today Show – featured Vidyo on his other morning broadcast on the Weather Channel, “Wake Up With Al.” He was highlighting the coolest of the cool products at CES, and Vidyo was a featured segment on hot tablets. Al was clearly impressed with our product and demonstrated that he knows the correct way to spell  V-I-D-Y-O!

Take a look!

Vidyo Flaunts its Flair for Fashion

As part of the ng Connect Program’s Virtual Personal Stylist demo at CES earlier this month, Vidyo’s HD video conferencing technology provided the personal interaction between the demo’s “consumers” and “product consultants.” ng Connect is the multi-industry initiative driving the development of next generation broadband services based on Long Term Evolution (LTE) and other enabling technologies.

The demonstration showcased a technology-enriched retail experience and also involved world-renowned icons of style such as ELLE, L’Oréal USA, Bloomingdale’s and AQUA. Check out this video in which our own Mark Noble, Vidyo’s Director of Product Marketing, explains the demo.  And yes … that gorgeous blonde IS an ELLE model standing next to him!

Vidyo Garners Top Editor’s Choice Awards from Telepresence & Videoconferencing Insight

What a great way to kick-off 2011… with two new awards to add to our ever-growing list of industry accolades. Telepresence & Videoconferencing Insight Newsletter’s list for the Best Achievements of the Year 2010 was just published, and Vidyo was cited for its “innovation, products that disrupt the market, affordable prices, and success in the market place.”

Vidyo CEO Ofer Shapiro with several devices running Vidyo (Room System, HP Touch Smart, Mac, Netbook, Laptop PC, iPad, iPhone 4, Samsung Galaxy)
Vidyo CEO Ofer Shapiro with several devices running Vidyo (Room System, HP Touch Smart Desktop, Mac, Netbook, Laptop PC, iPad, iPhone 4, Samsung Galaxy)

For “Industry Leader of the Year 2010”, the publication awarded the honor to Ofer Shapiro, Vidyo’s co-founder and CEO. According to Richard Line, editor of Telepresence & Videoconferencing Insight, “Ofer Shapiro has over fifteen years of experience in bringing disruptive technology to market … (his) performance as CEO in developing Vidyo, Inc. to such a mature company with disruptive technology over the last five years is an outstanding achievement.”

Vidyo was also recognized for having “The Most Innovative Videoconferencing Product of the Year 2010- The new Vidyo HD videoconferencing architecture called VidyoConferencing™.” According to Telepresence & Videoconferencing Insight: ”Vidyo’s system is simple to use and maintain; it offers a 10 x increase in capacity and it is inexpensive. All these are requirements for mass adoption … The VidyoConferencing architecture provides HD quality video over the Internet and other general purpose networks without causing high latency or picture degradation. These improvements to the video meeting experience are very desirable and represent a new paradigm of videoconferencing recognized by other industry analysts, including Frost and Sullivan (January 2009) and Wainhouse Research (December 2009), and also the Wall Street Journal (September 2010). Vidyo HD videoconferencing architecture is deservedly chosen as the ‘Most Innovative Videoconferencing Product of the Year 2010’.”

We would also like to congratulate Vidyo technology partner Teliris for being named VC Insight’s 2010 Telepresence Company of the Year!