Avistar Communications Announces Extended Multiparty Videoconferencing and Virtualization Support for the Avistar C3 Conference™ Solution
Demonstration available at Citrix Synergy 2012 Booth # 607
Avistar Communications Corporation (www.avistar.com), a leader in unified visual communications solutions, announced today at Citrix Synergy™ 2012 (Booth # 607) that it is demonstrating the Avistar C3 Conference™ solution capable of delivering continuous presence multiparty videoconferencing, interoperability and virtualization features to Microsoft Lync users.
The Avistar C3 Conference™ solution is designed to expand the capabilities of the Microsoft Lync unified communications (UC) platform, while enabling clients and partners to enhance their UC features within a virtualized server environment, such as Citrix XenServer®. As the solution is based entirely on an all-software design, it can be deployed using standards-based hardware, on premises or within a cloud environment.
Additionally, the Avistar solution supports both room-based H.264 and Microsoft Lync-based RT media streams. This is important as the Avistar C3 Conference solution enables clients and partners to design a scalable and economical interoperability strategy between their conference room video solutions and their RT endpoints. This is achieved by seamlessly and simultaneously processing media streams between H.264 and RT endpoints. In addition to these processing capabilities, the Avistar solution enhances the Lync user experience by providing continuous presence multiparty layouts within the client itself.
“Avistar has taken a smart approach to extending the multiparty and interoperability capabilities of Microsoft Lync,” said Ira M. Weinstein, a senior analyst and partner at Wainhouse Research and a 20-year veteran of the conferencing, collaboration and audio-visual industries. “The solution is ideal for businesses that are looking to provide a more immersive continuous presence multiparty videoconferencing experience to their Lync users, while providing an economical, scalable and software-based RT/H.264 interoperability solution between their Lync platform and videoconferencing room deployments. It’s a win/win for the industry as the Avistar solution extends the benefits and value of the Microsoft Lync solution, while providing enterprise businesses better leveragability of their current videoconferencing and UC assets.”
Stephen Epstein, CMO, Avistar, said, “The Microsoft Lync platform is emerging as a leading UC solution within our industry. As adoption of this UC solution grows rapidly, Avistar is very much focused on broadening our all-software platform to allow our clients and partners to fully leverage their UC and virtualization investments. Thus, it was an easy decision to extend the capabilities of the Avistar C3 Conference solution and provide the Microsoft Lync platform with additional capabilities and value.”
Epstein concluded, “With the demonstration of these capabilities at Citrix Synergy and beta trials starting shortly thereafter, we expect to see this solution very well received in the market and especially within the Microsoft Lync client base. The solution will be generally available later this year as beta trials conclude and production deployments commence.”
To see Avistar’s virtual visual videoconferencing solutions running within a Citrix XenServer environment and on the Microsoft Lync platform, visit Avistar at Citrix Synergy 2012, booth # 607.
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