AlternativeS to Skype for Business
Nefsis Commentary — December 23, 2010 — The
Skype supernode outage earlier today resulted in large-scale publicity
and many industry analyst remarks on using consumer online services
for business. A complete summary of the fallout is beyond the scope
of this short article, but here are three common themes among many
Businesses should not rely on free consumer online services
communication services require continuity, or at least alternative
several alternatives to Skype, especially for business customers
Skype peer-to-peer technology has some fundamental disadvantages
in business where proxy and firewall traversal may impact successful
connection rates. But a larger issue — as shown by the
supernode outage — is whether or not businesses should
rely on free consumer online services at all. Especially for business-
critical applications such as telephone (VoIP call-out).
Besides product features such as security, business-grade services
typically operate on a much smaller scale with quality-of-service
provisions in place. Moreover, they often have a substantial incentive
to guarantee uptime with terms of service that recognize downtime
and provide a remedy or other documented penalty for downtime. Consumer
online services are free, and they simply offer to restore service
as fast as possible. There is no uptime guarantee.
Another common theme among outage-related discussions is the
need for business continuity in all communications services. For
businesses relying on Skype, that means telephone or other VoIP
dial-out service as a ready standby; and for international or other
multiparty conferencing applications, a multipoint VoIP
alternative such as Nefsis.
There are indeed many alternatives to Skype:
Google Talk and Vonage for VoIP; and Citrix GotoMeeting, WebEx
and Nefsis, for progressively more advanced web
collaboration, video conferencing and secure online meeting
Nefsis Web & Video Conferencing
Nefsis is a software and online service solution designed for
business-to-business web and video conferencing. There
are several differences between Skype and Nefsis, most notably the Nefsis
emphasis on business-grade security and IP connection success, and
its much deeper web and video conferencing
feature list. A comparison
summary appears below.
- Nefsis was designed for business with no
conflicting consumer traffic overhead.
- Nefsis does NOT use consumer peer-to-peer (P2P) technology,
cloud-based communications technology with proxy
and firewall traversal for much better connection success rates
- Nefsis includes multipoint HD video conferencing for
desktops and rooms.
- Nefsis includes web conferencing features
such as desktop, application and presentations sharing, plus a
long list of advanced collaboration features such
as annotation over live applications, media file sharing (play
movies), audio/video recording, file hand-outs and more.
- Nefsis offers integrated telephone dial-out and on-premise
server software options for those customers that require higher
levels of IT routing, access and
See Nefsis in Action
can get entry-level Nefsis Basic for free, or
take a free trial of Nefsis Professional. In less than just a
few minutes you can activate an account and start web and video
You can also schedule a
live demo and we'll show you any or all of the multipoint video
conferencing and advanced collaboration features mentioned above.
Best of all you can schedule the demo anytime convenient for you,
and you'll see Nefsis in action right from your own desk so you
know it can connect business users over firewalls and proxies on
your own network.