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Videoconferencing gaining ground.

CONFERENCING As leading companies look for ways to cut travel costs, many are turning to videoconferencing and telepresence, and deploying these solutions on existing corporate networks. A recent survey of nearly 400 enterprise network managers conducted in conjunction with Ashton, Metzler & Associates by NetScout Systems, revealed that 85 percent of respondents' organizations either use or plan to use videoconferencing, and 41 percent either use or plan to use telepresence.


Despite the penetration of these solutions in the enterprise, the survey also found that a surprising number of respondents, nearly 15 percent, indicated that IT had no involvement in the evaluation, selection or installation process for video services (both videoconferenc ing and telepresence). Additional findings of the survey include: Telepresence and videoconferencing traffic are competing on the converged corporate network. Seventy-one percent of respondents indicated video services were running or would run across the converged network. Only 13 percent said video services would get a dedicated network.

The top three uses of telepresence/videocon-ferencing are corporate-level functions (23 percent), staff meetings (16 percent) and collaboration in the design function (15 percent). Videoconferencing is nearly omnipresent in corporate enterprise networks. Only 12 percent of respondents said they had no plans whatsoever as far as videoconferencing is concerned.
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Title Annotation:Conferencing
Publication:Communications News
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jul 1, 2008
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