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Cloud vs On-Premise Video Conferencing: A simple choice

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Making the choice between Cloud Video Conferencing and On-premise Video Conferencing shouldn’t be a difficult one. And it shouldn’t effect the quality of collaboration.

Although there are many decisions to make when deploying a Video Conferencing solution, these three simple questions should help you think on the right track.

What matters more to your business?

  1. A subscription model to a simple, fast and scalable solution?
  2. A solution that you can customise and manage internally?

Which would suit your business & policies better?

  1. Not having to worry about the maintenance of your own infrastructure?
  2. Keeping control of your solution & data within your own network?

Can you invest time in supporting your infrastructure?

  1. Yes
  2. No

If you answered mostly 1, it’s time to think about a Cloud solution. Answer mainly 2? You should take a look at an on-premise solution. 

Digging a bit deeper: Cloud

Cloud based Video Conferencing solutions gives you simplicity and ease without administration worries – or costs. Cloud services are offered on a subscription basis, with no up-front infrastructure costs to fork out for. 

You can get up and running right away – the infrastructure is already readily available in data centres for you to use immediately. Plus, the technology is managed and maintained by those dedicated to the service, so your teams can continue working on what they do best.

With a cloud service, you pay only for what you need – and scale up when needed – so it is perfect for a growing business. 

Take a look at the Lifesize Cloud or VideoCloud for two examples of Cloud based Video Conferencing & Collaboration services.  

Digging a bit deeper: On-premise

With an on-premise Video Conferencing solution, you maintain total control over your equipment on your own internal network, giving you a completely customisable solution, configured by location, team and user. The user experience can be refined based on your business needs, and can be designed to comply with your own policies and regulations.

On-premise Video Conferencing means everything is within your own firewalls, and allows you to make your own decisions on updates & upgrades, fixes and maintenance, ensuring the solution is exactly what’s needed for your teams and colleagues.

Take a look at Cisco CMR Premises or Pexip Virtualised Infrastructure for two examples of world leading Video Conferencing & Collaboration infrastructure.

One response to “Cloud vs On-Premise Video Conferencing: A simple choice”

  1. […] Enabling BYOD for Conferencing and Collaboration is completely possible both through on-premise technologies and through the cloud. As with any type of deployment, the cloud vs on-premise benefits and drawbacks stand, and the choice you make generally won’t effect your ability to connect your teams remotely or when on the move – just the implementation will be different. However there are of course pro’s and con’s of each – see our simple blog on Cloud vs On-premise here.  […]

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