LifeSize Enhances HD Video Conferencing to the Cloud

By Neil Zawacki
Updated: July 26, 2011

LifeSize Enhances HD Video Conferencing to the Cloud

On July 20, 2011, LifeSize announced LifeSize(R) Connections(TM), a new cloud-based HD video conferencing platform for PC and Mac computers. The solution is set to be released worldwide in the third calendar quarter of 2011.

LifeSize Connections is designed to reduce the overall burden on IT departments by seamless integrating between meeting rooms and remote users. It will provide auto-configuration of endpoints and software clients, as well as fully integrated firewall traversal to make sure that calls stay connected over the network. It also provides web-based administration that allows managers to control bandwidth levels and create and view reports.

The video conferencing solution has additional benefits for small businesses. The platform includes click-to-call dialing with seamless call escalation and instant messaging between users. It also has cloud-based scalability that can grow or shrink with the organization and further reduce the need for IT support. In addition, they have a free trial of the product for companies who would like to try out the solution.

Craig Malloy, the CEO of Lifesize and Logitech SVP, spoke briefly about the video conferencing solution. He stated that LifeSize Connection provides a fast and easy way to add HD video collaboration at an enterprise without the normal hefty price tag and managed service burden. He also said that the cloud-based platform will provide a new way to improve productivity among employees.

Pricing information for US customers has been released for Lifesize Connections. Deskpoint Clients will pay $30 per user per month while Endpoints will pay $100 per room per month. This price plan will automatically include 9-way video bridging at 720p resolution for each seat.
 

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