A Polycom Comparison: Alternative Video Conferencing
Nefsis Commentary — April, 2009 — This Nefsis commentary compares Polycom and traditional, hardware-based boardroom video
conferencing systems such as the HDX 7000, 8000, 9000, QDX and Viewstation VSX. Strong alternatives to Polycom such as
Nefsis leverage the power of multicore desktops and widely available PC video peripherals to deliver high-quality,
multipoint video conferencing at a fraction of the cost. And for many customers, it's not either or, many use both.
An Alternative to Polycom '80's Systems Architecture
It seems that the more things change, the more they stay the same. Decades ago, a video conferencing system consisted
of a TV set hooked up to a codec box. Advancements in PC computing power, microprocessor architecture and compression
technology have made the proprietary codec box obsolete.
Yet, despite this dramatic technological evolution, the majority of video conferencing systems from companies such as
Polycom still employ the same archaic systems architecture as used in the '80's & '90's.
Take Advantage of Your CPU Power
With today's technology, an off-the-shelf PC running Nefsis can outperform a Polycom video codec while simultaneously
delivering applications such as file sharing, media sharing, side-bar chat, white boarding, instant messaging, record and
playbackand a host of other functions far beyond PVX that greatly enhance the
video conferencing experience.
Most importantly, Nefsis provides the ability to conference the desktop user as a peer to a room system. Any user,
anywhere (home office, hotel, airport) can participate in meetings as if they were in the same room with people thousands
of miles away.
There's no need to travel to a room equipped with video conferencing, travel is eliminated completely. Isn't that
one of the goals of a video conferencing system?
Why Does Nefsis Outperform Polycom?
Consumer and personal computing economies
have dramatically reduced the cost of PC video peripherals for the same CIF/VGA, SD and HD resolutions used in
In addition to a lower initial investment than Polycom, just imagine how much more you'll save with built-in features
such as application, desktop, PowerPoint Sharing and more.
The Nefsis solution is architected to capitalize on multi-core processors that run in standard, off-the-shelf PCs.
Developers of video conferencing codec boxes such as Polycom operate on a code base that was developed in the days of
single core processors. Nefsis is designed to share processing responsibilities among
multiple cores which
results in significantly higher processing efficiency and power. This is one of the primary reasons why Nefsis can deliver
superior HD quality video and a host of additional conferencing features from an off-the-shelf PC.
Cloud Computing Network Delivery
The network delivery of your conference will have as big an impact on the experience as the equipment. This is why Nefsis
provides a true, massively distributed
cloud for unrivaled quality in multipoint video conferencing. The Nefsis cloud constantly adapts to changing conditions on
the Internet, as well as your local network, delivering the highest quality experience possible for your multipoint video
What About Camera, Speakers, etc...
Nefsis is compatible with most all off-the-shelf
video conferencing equipment. From USB compatible devices to PC capture
cards and HD boardroom cameras, Nefsis will make the most of new and existing peripherals.
What About High Definition Video?
Not only is Nefsis capable of delivering up to 720p and 1080p, at 30 frames per second, support for
HD comes at no extra charge! The same code
base that was developed to leverage multicore desktops delivers both standard definition and high definition video.
How About Inviting, Scheduling and Establishing a Video Conference?
Operating Nefsis is simple. You don't need a control panel, you have the power of the PC at your fingertips. Setting up a
meeting is as easy as sending an email. Once you're in the conference, you can change the layout of your screens, adjust frame
rates, share information, run media players and other applications effortlessly.
So, Why Take Our Word...
Nefsis is a software and online service solution that delivers high-quality video conferencing with a full suite of
web conferencing features, all wrapped up in an intuitive user interface. It's capable of supporting
conference rooms and desktops, webcams to HD.
If you're used to traditional, fixed-site systems, this may sound too too good to be true. But there's no need to take
our word for it.You can Schedule a Live Demo, or even better,
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