Avistar Expands its Video-Centric Unified Communications Software

Avistar Communications say they are now capable of supporting up to 100 locations and thousands of simultaneous multi-party video calls from one server, following the latest upgrade to its desktop communication and collaboration software. Building on Avistar’s software- and video-centric view of unified communications (UC), version 9.3 features patented technology that delivers enterprise-wide desktop videoconferencing without degrading network performance. Avistar is the only UC vendor that can effectively support high volumes of video calling without requiring costly network upgrades.

Rich Costello, research director, Gartner Inc., said, “Enterprise-wide desktop videoconferencing enhances the user experience of unified communications and makes adoption of these platforms more compelling from productivity, efficiency and sustainability standpoints as well.”

Central to the host of product improvements delivered by v9.3 is purpose-built software infrastructure for high performance, multiparty UC interactions at enterprise scale. Optimised routing for large and complex IP networks irons out network stresses to ensure a high-quality experience that avoids impacting other mission critical applications. A single Avistar server administers up to 100 locations, from company headquarters through to single remote workers, with the desktop experience delivered through proprietary PC software or integrated with IBM Sametime.

“Video calling is the element of unified communications that yields the greatest benefits, yet is consistently disabled by IT managers because without our network management layer, video severely compromises network performance,” said Simon Moss, president of Avistar. “UC promises so much, but still cannot deliver until solving the fundamental infrastructure and network stress issues. There are two ways to solve this – pay someone tens of millions to upgrade your network – or implement Avistar.”