Avistar announces affordable Cloud-ready solution

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Avistar Communications Corporation’s conferencing and collaboration solution, Avistar C3 Conference, is now claimed to deliver cloud-ready, HD-quality, multiparty videoconferencing at “a fraction of the cost of similarly sized hardware-based multipoint control units (MCU)”.

Stephen Epstein, CMO at Avistar Communications.

Avistar C3 Conference is said to be the industry’s only all-software, enterprise-class multiparty videoconferencing platform that seamlessly interoperates with standards-based room systems and desktops. Designed to scale and support the needs of large enterprise deployments, cloud providers and technology partners, Avistar C3 Conference delivers “critical multiparty videoconferencing features such as transcoding and transrating for each participant in every conference”.

With virtually unlimited conferencing scalability capabilities, which can be deployed on-premise or via the cloud, the Avistar C3 Conference solution is said to dramatically lower the cost of multiparty videoconferencing on the desktop, across conference room solutions and out to leading unified communications solutions, making this solution affordable for a much wider range of organisations.

In a recent benchmark study of the Avistar C3 Conference solution using Intel Xeon E7-8837 processors in a Dell PowerEdge R910 Rack Server, Avistar said that its solution delivered 32-port, HD-quality, multiparty videoconferencing for a list price of $1,750 per port including the cost of all software licensing and hardware. Avistar has calculated that its competitors’ prices ranged in cost from $4,000 to $7,000 per port for similar performance and features (including software and hardware).  

Avistar CMO Stephen Epstein said:“This breakthrough in multiparty videoconferencing processing, price performance and cloud enablement has largely been accomplished by the optimization of the Avistar C3 Conference media processing, the ability to use multiple servers to create a virtual single MCU and the continued performance improvements of off-the-shelf, standards- based server hardware. Our partners and clients can now deliver on-premise or on-demand multiparty videoconferencing capabilities to extremely large user and client bases, at a price point that historically was not achievable.”

Epstein added, “The Avistar C3 Conference solution is a significant milestone for the videoconferencing industry as other MCU manufacturers will be forced to rethink their MCU strategies to remain competitive. Based on the greatly enhanced value and performance of our conferencing and collaboration solution, enterprise businesses and OEM vendors will benefit from these industry changes and the significant price and scalability improvements that the Avistar C3 Conference solution delivers.”

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