|To conference with more than one remote location
||Set up a virtual room for an audio call that can include video—a “meet-me” model.
||“Meet-me” or direct-dial video calls not integrated with the cloud.
||A “meet-me” virtual video conference room.
||Dial multiple people into an unreliable, low-resolution meeting.
||Instant or scheduled video meetings over the cloud on any device.
|To dial people directly
||Sorry. You need to dial a phone number, enter your access code, etc.
||Dialing is complex with confusing number strings. IT has to build and push centralized directories.
||Hope you’re not in a hurry. You have to plan ahead, schedule your meeting and wait for everyone to join.
||Direct dial works, but the experience is still questionable.
||Direct dial all you want.
|To access the conference room
||You better have a good IT department to manage all the infrastructure and to train and support your people since cloud is not an option.
||Only if you integrated your own video endpoint and often at an inflated monthly fee for each one.
||If you position a laptop just right at the end of the conference table.
||Yes, using the industry’s best video endpoint.
|Ease of use
||Yes, but very limited functionality.
||Not at all. Have IT support ready.
||Same as web conferencing.
||Yes, so long as you don’t need to add or drop people from a live call.
||Absolutely. Lifesize is designed around ease of use.
||Yes, but are the limitations worth the price?
||No way. The sticker price is just the beginning of how much it costs.
||Yes, but for fewer features and less integration.
||Yes, it’s free, but you get what you pay for.
||Yes. Annual subscription plans from $25 per user per month.
|Business class video and security
||No. The best option when you’ve accepted this is the best there is.
||Yes, but at a huge cost.
||Yes, but dependent on your video endpoints.
||No. Free doesn’t mean business class.