Another Business Application Moves to the Cloud: Video Conferencing
Nefsis announces new servers in India,
cites worldwide service, millions of conferencing minutes and
customers spanning 24 countries as proof-points for moving to the cloud
SAN DIEGO, Calif. — November 17, 2010 — Online
video conferencing services innovator Nefsis® announced today
that it has activated multiple servers in India, Singapore and other countries in the
greater Asia-Pacific region offering its online services to these countries and multinational
customers with operations in India and the Far East. The acceptance of cloud computing in
business and affordable webcams is driving video conferencing as an online service. In
particular, Nefsis cites recently activated regions completing its worldwide coverage,
an average of almost one million secure video conferencing minutes per day, and subscription
business customers spanning 24 countries as proof-points for video conferencing moving
to the cloud. This is in stark contrast to prior years, where there were no cloud-based
alternatives to standalone video conferencing installations. Today, virtually any business
desktop or conference room can join an on-demand video conference.
The phrase cloud computing generally refers to shared resources
such as servers, hardware and software that are provided on-demand
over the Internet. A key underpinning is the distribution of workload
processing across multiple servers — the “cloud”
— thus making cloud computing a generational improvement
over centralized client/server and mainframe computing prevalent
in earlier decades. In addition to being a catchy name and delivery
model for IT services, cloud computing offers substantial business and
technical benefits, too. The benefits may include performance, scalability,
and the simplicity and reduced maintenance of buying complex applications
as a simple online service. Google and Salesforce.com (CRM) are well
known examples highlighting performance and simplicity. For product
categories such as video conferencing, there is the elimination of large,
up-front capital expenses, too.
Nefsis brings the advantages of cloud computing to the video
conferencing industry, adding multi-core processing and automated
bandwidth throttling to make online meetings faster and more pleasant
over widely varying connection speeds often found among business
users. Now, customers can use any webcam or HD video peripheral —
including a wide variety of conference room pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ)
cameras, hand-held cameras and specialty video equipment — and click
into an online meeting with participants from anywhere in the world.
Participants just click on a link; all that is needed is a personal
computer and web browser. IT managers and their network users enjoy
this capability without the complexity and expense of on-site servers,
hardware video codecs and custom switching equipment.
Nefsis activated new video conferencing online services in India and Singapore,
thus adding to coverage already available in Australia and other countries in the
greater Asia-Pacific and Oceana region. The new services initially went online
largely in response to existing customers in Australia, North America and Europe
with offices in India.
For example, Nefsis was selected by
SOS Online Backup for its
conferencing requirements across India, Australia, the United States
and other countries.
“SOS project teams are distributed, really
distributed,” explains John Wagner, chief sales engineer at SOS Online
Backup. “Weâ€™re a naturally global company and weâ€™re very pleased that
Nefsis does all of the heavy lifting in the very important task of
keeping our offices communicating with one another. It's a big boost
for our internal communication and teamwork.”
“The large distances across this region, widely variable
bandwidth, plus national proxies and firewalls in many territories
pose a real challenge to many web and video conferencing services.
â€œNefsis in-country servers and real-time virtual server assignments
optimize roundtrip latency, providing the best conferencing experience
possible,” said Allen Drennan, chief technology officer for Nefsis.
“This is a cloud-enabled feature and a marked advantage over
centralized data centers with limited or no route-selection
The new regions add global coverage to the Nefsis video
conferencing cloud. In addition, Nefsis cites a growing average of
almost 1 million video conferencing minutes per day and new customer
additions spanning 24 countries worldwide. “A year ago Nefsis was
recognized by Frost and Sullivan as the first commercial
implementation of cloud-based video conferencing online service for
business. Now, with these recent figures in mind, one can see
cloud-based video conferencing as a proven alternative. Video
conferencing is truly moving to the cloud,” added Mr. Drennan.
The company's flagship offering, Nefsis Professional, is a secure
video conferencing software-as-a-service (SaaS) application for
corporate, government and non-profit institutions. Nefsis Professional
supports desktops, conference rooms, webcams and HD video cameras, and
includes advanced web collaboration capabilities, such as highlighting
over live applications, as a standard feature. Nefsis is
Unicode-enabled with 10 language packs including Simplified Chinese,
English, Dutch, French, Canadian French, German, Italian, Russian,
Spanish and Latin American Spanish. A free trial of Nefsis
Professional is available now.
Headquartered in San Diego,
California, Nefsis is a specialist in video conferencing software and
online services for business. The Nefsis approach combines cloud
computing and multi-core processing to deliver effortless video
conferencing to employees, customers and business partners anywhere
they have Internet access. Nefsis is especially popular among
small-to-medium sized organizations, where its high-quality video,
security controls and easy implementation deliver exceptional value.
For more information visit the Nefsis.com or call +1 (858) 715-0970.
Cloud Computing â€” Nefsis video conferencing cloud and multi-core, parallel processing
Case Study: SOS Online Backup
â€” Multiple offices and always-on conference room use Nefsis
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