Video Conferencing Server


A lot of video conferencing (VC) server s are available from competing companies. It is estimated that the ever growing VC server s market size will touch $1 billion during 2009. This rising market for VC is facilitated by enhancements in fixed as well as mobile network access. Presently Service providers are offering increased bandwidth and better quality of service and highly efficient and standardized codecs which help in the penetration of communications that is video -based meant for consumer as well as enterprise markets. The following are some of the VC servers from leading companies.

(i) Microsoft Exchange 2000 conferencing server : Microsoft Exchange 2000 conferencing server offers Instant Messaging ability and improved chat services. Microsoft's Vision for Exchange 2000 conferencing server is to facilitate meeting without any barriers. The Exchange 2000 conferencing server provides a platform supporting scalable and reliable data, video as well as audio conferencing. The users of NetMeeting connected to Exchange 2000 conferencing server can experience access with just a single click to various conferences and complete integration of real-time meetings with their Microsoft Outlook calendars. Microsoft Exchange 2000 conferencing server offers the important benefits like data conferencing , audio and video conferencing and schedule management. Microsoft Exchange 2000 provides the facility of complete multi-party audio and video conferencing through the application of technology perfectly suited for enterprise usage. The Exchange 2000 server uses Telephony API (TAPI) 3.0 in order to access the unique partnership features of Windows 2000 like Quality of Services and IP based multicast technology in order to provide audio and video conferencing services. Multicast technology that is IP based especially is ideal for enterprise conferencing as more simultaneous users are able to participate in video conferencing compared to the present multi-party video solutions. The Exchange 2000 conferencing server solution is powerful enough compared to a peer-to-peer conferencing solution. The single most advantage of Exchange 2000 conferencing server is the ability to connect multiple users and its administration is easy in order to protect consumption of precious bandwidth as also to enable load balancing and failover. Besides, Exchange 2000 conferencing server is also integrated with other Exchange 2000 and Windows 2000 resources in the Microsoft Active Directory.

(ii) HP OpenCall Media Platform 4.1 Audio and video conferencing : This product from HP is an IMS and convergence ready software-based server. The server from the HP stable is a video communications enabler which can be quickly and easily integrated with any collaboration, instant communication or instant sharing sessions and services. Unlike the competition, the HP video conferencing server is designed to be integrated inside instant communications and other video services . It goes beyond the popular scheduled video Conference and is available as an easy-to-integrate, wholly functional building block meant for system integrators. The HP video conferencing system enables one to enrich the current services packages such as
(i) under consumer services the various benefits derived are like instant sharing, instant communications or instant messaging, video portal, video mail and call centre.
(ii) under Enterprise Services it offers collaboration tools like IP-Centrex, customer care applications and Web-casting. In case of the market at the enterprise level, HP design and architecture i.e. the application server /media server simplify the solution integration work for the audio and video conference server in unison with collaboration tools. The HP OCMP audio and video conferencing features high level interface. These features are helpful in integrating the applications in a cost effective manner. In case of fast integration, HP suggests the NETANN protocol and the conference policy that also ushers a set of pre-defined menus helping the Moderator to control the conference sessions. Hence instant and scheduled video or audio conferences are able to enrich the video portal as also the collaboration tools. In order to help in greater differentiation and running more sophisticated applications and menus, HP suggest using of MSCML as this protocol renders greater control to the service running on the application server .
(iii) e/Pop video conferencing Software from WiredRed: This product is one of the finest examples of new genre of software based on Internet Protocol (IP) video technology which enables users to get connected and generate a very rich media experience combining the features of audio, video and desktop application sharing. It makes use of affordable peripherals that confirm to industry standards and is simple to install, maintain and secure. It is a fact that IP based video conferencing solutions are growing more than double the rate as compared to conventional video conferencing hardware. This is because adjudged from a technology perspective, modern IP-based Internet and video conferencing solutions offer a lot of benefits. The basic advantage is that IP video eliminates the need of dedicated lines as it can be reached anyone with a Computer and an Internet connection. e/Pop is a multipoint IP video conferencing technology wherein the terms IP and rich media conferencing holds good. It offers complete suite of desktop sharing, web, VoIP and multiparty video conferencing features. It is present in on-premise software and hosted service types of delivery. It was crafted for business-to-business applications, rendering secure connections in a single session for up to 500 users. Besides, there is provision for 500 users or less per server . The working mechanism of e/pop is that it provides all the software and routing components needed for a video conference taking advantage of the rising power of the desktop PC and industry standard webcams in order to manage multipoint video in real-time. Connectivity in e/pop is through the available networks and the Internet using the browsers of the participating members and the standard web addresses. It makes use of a technology that is secure to link up all users even if they are behind separate firewalls and proxy servers. In the years to come, the distinctive features of conferencing products will be the potential to successfully connect users across their existing networks and the public Internet and also the capability to integrate audio, video and desktop sharing in an easy and seamless manner for several participants.