by John Skeehan, Senior Product Manager – Cloud Video Services, LifeSize
Because cloud is a relatively new concept in the video conferencing industry, I often encounter skeptics who still believe traditional on-premises infrastructure is always the favorable choice. However, depending on your company’s specific needs, that may not always be the case. At LifeSize, we know that innovation is the key to moving an industry forward and that is exactly what we have done with LifeSize Connections. We have created a groundbreaking new service to fill the gap for companies that are better suited for a cloud video conferencing solution. In this blog post, I will examine the pros and cons for both infrastructure choices.
Size of deployment/IT resources: For companies with a dedicated IT department that have the capital expenditure and resources to support a large video conferencing deployment, an on-premises infrastructure can yield the lowest total cost of ownership. However, what about those companies who are just getting started with video and have much smaller deployments? What about businesses who have a distributed deployment across numerous smaller sites? In these cases, a cloud solution could be a much lower cost.
Here’s an example: take a small consulting firm with 250 employees, distributed across a dozen regional offices in the US. At first glance, you may think a few well-chosen pieces of infrastructure would suffice. What if half of those offices were small 2-3 person offices with no IT on-site? What if 10 percent of the employees telecommute from home? All of a sudden, setting up traditional on-premises infrastructure becomes infinitely more difficult. This is where a cloud solution, with firewall traversal and automated deployment built-in, can make this exponentially easier. Can you imagine having to roll a truck to every worksite/home? It would be virtually impossible. Cloud solves this problem.
Join me in my next post when I discuss other factors to consider, including flexibility to telecommute, guest invitation capability and length of deployment.