Vidyo launches hosted videoconferencing offering, plans for accompanying PaaS release


Vidyo's new hosted videoconferencing as a service offering has a developer focus that enables enterprises to also use it as a platform as a service.

Hosted VidyoConferencing is, as the name suggests, a cloud-hosted videoconferencing service that appears to be in line with what other vendors are doing in the space. What's different is the PaaS element. Dubbed Vidyo PaaS, the service provides developers with an API they can use to embed high-quality multipoint video and collaboration into a variety of tools and applications, including workflows, applications, endpoints and Internet of Things.

The cloud-hosted videoconferencing product is available now, but the PaaS isn't quite ready for release. Vidyo noted in its press release that it plans to launch Vidyo PaaS in the second quarter of this year.

According to Vidyo CEO Eran Westman, the release of both Hosted VidyoConferencing and the accompanying Vidyo PaaS element comes as a result of customer feedback and requests. It's in line with the company's existing videoconferencing strategy and puts it on firmer ground in the ongoing competitive landscape that sports companies like Lifesize, Logitech, 8x8, Microsoft and Blue Jeans Network. Even IBM is getting ready to get into the video services market.

Hosted VidyoConferencing was designed for deployment in cloud environments and provides several features that may be of interest to enterprises, including cloud bursting (for when usage spikes occur), 4K UltraHD support for multiparty video and collaboration, WebRTC features (both VP8 and VP9 codecs), encryption for regulatory compliance and security, as well as interoperability with Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS, H.323, SIP and PSTN.

For more:
- read the press release

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