by John Skeehan, Senior Product Manager – Cloud Video Services, LifeSize
In order to get true widespread adoption for video communications and make good on our promise to “change the way the world communicates,” LifeSize believes interoperability with third-party endpoints is imperative. What kind of world would we live in if iPhone users could only call other iPhone users and Android users could only call other Android users?
For video to reach its full potential, all video solutions, whether on-premises or cloud, must talk to each other. That being said, one of the most common questions I am asked about LifeSize Connections is interoperability.
LifeSize Connections is a complete, end-to-end solution for LifeSize endpoints, PC and Mac platforms. What do I mean when I say, “end-to-end”? The solution isn’t just a network for bridging, it is a full suite of functionality, including secure web-based user and endpoint account management, deployment tools, detailed reporting, automated directory services, 9-way bridging, firewall traversal, encryption, data sharing and unlimited guest access.
We built this solution through extensive integration between the endpoints, soft clients and numerous LifeSize infrastructure technologies migrated to our globally-distributed cloud network.
Back to the subject of interoperability. It is true that, at the moment, LifeSize Connections only supports LifeSize endpoints and soft clients. Endpoints subscribed to LifeSize Connections can be configured for Connections and traditional H.323 and SIP dial plans without compromise or conflict for either use. Currently, calls cannot be of a mixed nature (you must choose between H.323 or LifeSize Connections). But, the service is natively SIP-based, using H.264, AES 256 and adhering to industry standards. Being standards-based means that we can extend the interoperability of LifeSize Connections in the future and we will.
LifeSize Connections is already fully interoperable with all LifeSize Connections-enabled conference room endpoints and computers, as it supports both PC and Mac platforms. As long as a computer user has an Internet connection and a webcam, they can use the service (anyone, anywhere). Not only that, the Connections soft client enables unlimited guest invitations, so even those without a paying subscription can collaborate with subscribers over our cloud platform. This opens up video conferencing to a new set of users who do not have video endpoints in their offices. Without getting too much into the product roadmap, we also plan to support smartphones and tablets as well as standards-based third-party endpoints in the second half of 2012.
LifeSize is fully committed to interoperability and making the video call as ubiquitous as the audio call. With LifeSize Connections, you can vastly extend video deployments where a LifeSize® Passport™, LifeSize® 220 series™ endpoint or LGExecutive™ has already been deployed. We think this is the fastest way to add and extend HD video collaboration to your business and believe me, the best is yet to come.