8x8 to Offer Cloud-Based Video Conferencing Services

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By Neil Zawacki
Updated: April 12, 2011

8x8 to Offer Cloud-Based Video Conferencing Services

8x8 has announced that it will soon be offering a cloud-based video conferencing service called 8x8 Virtual Room. The new product combines the company’s existing voice and video platform with the Polycom UC Intelligent Core.

8x8 Virtual Room allows small and mid-sized businesses to add HD video conferencing to their hosted communications package. Employees in different offices will be able to see each other at peak visual quality during meetings and presentations. Companies will also be able to use the video conferencing feature as much as they want provided they pay a fixed monthly fee.

The new service will provide a simplified interface that lets users schedule and manage video conference meetings across a large number of endpoints. It has a NAT/firewall traversal system that makes it no longer necessary for companies to deal with open ports and public IP addresses. In addition, 8x8 Virtual Room removes the need to purchase or maintain a video bridging system.

A comprehensive demonstration of the product will be held at TEAM Polycom 2011 on April 3-6 in Orlando, Florida. There will also be Plenary Sessions and Peer Networking Opportunities throughout the convention.

8x8 is a prominent VoIP provider in the United States that specializes in affordable voice and video solutions. Their other products include 8x8 Virtual Office, 8x8 Virtual Meeting, and 8x8 Mobile Talk.
 

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