Yorktel sharpens focus on cloud video services

Yorktel sharpens focus on cloud video services

Summary: With its new VideoCloud suite, the integrator is targeting enterprises and government agencies seeking to shore up their collaboration infrastructures using cloud solutions.

TOPICS: Cloud, Channel

If your interest in cloud services centers less on how to rethink your productivity or enterprise applications framework and more on layering in social software such as unified communications (UC) or videoconferencing, you should take a look at Yorktel.

Based in Eatontown, N.J., the 25-year-old company boasts an extensive array of services centered on deploying and implementing all sorts of video technologies. Its lengthy certification credentials list includes status with Cisco, Tandberg, Polycom, AMX, Crestron, Nortel/Avaya, Vidyo and Microsoft. But it is extending its on-premise expertise into the cloud.

In March, the company launched a suite of cloud videoconferencing services called VideoCloud that is meant to help with interconnectivity between disparate video and UC platforms. In particular, VideoCloud supports full integration with Microsoft Lync and Office 365.

What does that mean? For a start, the service will enable companies that are using Lync clients to connect to videoconferencing systems from Cisco, Polycom, Avaya (Radvision) and Lifesize.

"Our proven approach to video-managed services liberates customers from having to support multiple communications platforms and security protocols by instead choosing a single partner and solution for a cohesive, customized user experience," said Ron Gaboury, CEO of the integrator and managed service provider (MSP).

There are three levels of service:

  • VideoCloud Virtual Meeting Room: A reservation-less, on-demand service that works with H.232 or SIP-compliant desktop, room, or mobile videoconferencing clients.
  • VideoCloud Managed Conferencing Service: A managed offering that includes bridging, call control and multipoint conferencing. Features include proactive monitoring, incident management, and performance to specific service level agreements (SLAs).
  • VideoCloud B2B Service: Similar to the other managed offering, it adds more security for hosting external, inter-company video meetings.

Topics: Cloud, Channel

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  • Video Conferencing is cool ...

    ... in combination with content collaboration with tools like AgreeDo.com, meetingking.com or minutes.io.

    I think most meetings do not suffer from interaction but on precise, short agenda and to the point meeting minutes w/ actions and decisions. So it's a question of content collaboration and not media sharing. What do you think?

    Although combination of both is a perfect match
  • Also-rans

    So, they put equipment in datacenters and are seeking subscribers to consume ports under various licensing schemes. There's a plethora of people doing this already - selling their own (BJN) or through VSP/CSP's (Videxio) or 'free' (Vidyo) just as a few examples.

    How is this more than a 'johnny come lately' play?
  • Why Yorktel VideoCloud is a true industry first

    Yorktel and its VideoCloud are far, far from an "also ran." The video conferencing cloud service is not just putting MCU equipment in the data centers, but rather solving interoperability issues like no other company. Who can provide the most comprehensive interoperability between different systems (immersive, board rooms, laotop/desktops, mobile, consumer VTC), different technologies (standard H.323, SIP, proprietary VTC), different manufacturer's systems (Cisco CTS, Microsoft Lync, Office 365, etc.) will stand out. Also, video conferencing cloud services should include endpoint registrations, B2B services, etc. The most important element is the user experience. End users are looking for the cloud services who can provide an easy-to-use, reliable experience.
    Mostafa Razzak