You don’t need another video app for interop with Skype for Business & Cisco or Polycom
In a time when “unified communications” is fairly disjointed, it’s more important than ever to keep the video conferencing workflow simple and intuitive. Employees will adapt more quickly to the technology they are familiar with, which is why we’ve developed the Skype for Business Gateway without any extra bells and whistles from the user-side.
Not sure what I mean? Here’s a visual of an on-premise Skype for Business deployment and Cisco endpoint. In order for these two platforms to talk to one another, a third party app is used, changing the overall workflow for users.
In the next image you can see the cloud-based Skype for Business Gateway acts as a “silent” partner where there is no change to the workflow from a Skype for Business user, or the endpoint user. This actually offers a solution to enterprise customers that allows a company to leverage their existing AV-MCU investment while bridging the typically inoperable platforms.
While the example above only showcases Cisco, the S4B has even more versatility across a diverse range of devices and applications, including voice, WebRTC, Polycom, Lifesize, and more. Let’s face it – no one wants to have to think about which systems “get along”and which don’t, they just want them to work the way they’re accustomed to using them.
If you or your customers have already invested in an on-premises or hosted AV-MCU, then there’s likely to be natural resistance to any solution that’s going to have cost, time, and practical implications. Such as wholesale migration to the cloud and the potential abandonment of a perfectly workable system. In this respect, the cost-effective solution for delivering seamless interoperability between different endpoints such as SIP and H.323, needs to come from leveraging the existing AV-MCU. A situation resolved by the Skype for Business Gateway.
For more information on the Skype for Business Gateway, contact us.