You have probably been looking at Multipoint Video Conferencing Options and are confused or not sure about which method to go with. You are not alone. Even large enterprises struggle with this decision since technology in this space is advancing at such a rapid pace that one has to be careful when deciding which option to invest in. It’s like picking a winner in an ever competitive field. We are here to help guide you through this process.
When it comes to options, you have 3 to choose from. You either get a built in MCU (bridge) or Standalone MCU or a Multipoint Service Provider (MSP). What you go for then depends on your needs, including functionality needed, resources, meeting size,
and of course your budget. There are two types of delivery systems . The calls are either delivered through a wide area network
(WAN) or through a local area network (LAN) such as an Ethernet network. IP (Internet Protocol) conferencing is another name for video conferencing over the LAN.
Built in or embedded MCU services are similar to that of an office speakerphone that offers three-line conferencing capability so four locations can be on one call. This service allows all locations to see one another but does not come with the same level of quality provided by a managed system.
A managed or dedicated system are generally for large corporations. They provide capabilities that embedded MCUs lack like scheduling and management capabilities and in general provide greater call security which large corporations need.
A multipoint service provider (MSP) provides multipoint capabilities as an outsourced service. If you need the advanced functionality and flexibility of a managed system but are unable or unwilling to support it yourself, an MSP may be the right choice. Or, if you simply want the ease of use associated with MSPs for your users, an MSP is a good choice. They can also provide online scheduling, meeting greeters, information sharing, location handling and online technical support.
Next, we will review the key providers in the space and help you decide which option works best for your organization.