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Why Cloud MCU’s are a Great Video Play for Higher Education

by SUMMIT on March 17th, 2015

Why Cloud MCU’s are a Great Video Play for Higher Education

Cloud technology has already replaced many traditional collaboration methods and now we have entered the second phase of its product development cycle. Competition is intensifying as a newly formed IT ecosystem unfurls its opportunities — as well as its challenges — to the industry and users. Naturally, not only business enterprises but all sectors have realized the impact of cloud on their processes and capital expenditures (capex) outlays; education is one of the sectors vying for the attention of service providers who are looking to benefit from entering an unsaturated market.

Cloud Collaboration in Education Institutions – Tracing the Path

Over the last two years, the acceptance of cloud technologies among educational institutions across the globe has increased far beyond the 2012 figures. The reasons aren’t very different from those that have enticed other business organizations to adopt this technology. According to RightScale’s 2014 State of the Cloud Report, higher availability is the most important benefit of the cloud, followed closely by geographic reach, cost savings, and business continuity. These same reasons have encouraged the education sector to turn to cloud technologies to upgrade their IT infrastructure and meet the expectations of their tech-savvy students.

Communication and collaboration resources have been playing a key role in higher education systems, especially for research by both professors and students. A videoconference Multipoint Control Unit, or MCU, was once more expensive than a house. The ability to host 24 people on a video call would cost the equivalent of three professors’ salaries. But with cloud, so much more is possible at a very reasonable price. With many systems across many locations, universities can reap massive benefits by investing in cloud MCU that offers scale, simplicity, and flexibility while minimizing capex outlays.

Benefits of Cloud MCU

Say good bye to the limitations of hardware based MCU. The cloud MCU is able to facilitate online collaborations between students and faculty. It is a fast-growing sector, and fierce competition exists among the industry leaders to offer customized cloud services and consolidate their market share in the education sector. According to recent studies, there is just a two percent difference between the demand for messaging, conferencing, and collaboration solutions, and the demand for cloud storage, with the latter being the higher.

As the dependence on infrastructure equipment lessens, the impact of cloud will be realized on a greater scale. First of all, the capability of software becomes open to scalable bridging capacity that will accommodate more participants and provide better video quality, more so than one available with limited bandwidth connections. Real time interaction between participants from different geographical regions becomes easier and smoother.

Moreover, use of cloud technologies implies that consumers can enjoy the flexibility of accessing and participating in online collaborations anytime, anywhere, and enjoy the ease of interoperability. You don’t need to be hooked to your desktop to have access to it anymore. As such, data and information availability issues are also addressed when cloud computing becomes a part of the institution’s IT infrastructure. Needless to say, the cloud adds value to collaboration efforts and is worth the price paid. Finally, if there is no need to invest in expensive hardware and equipment like digital processors, then there is no need to worry about the limitations in capex outlays. The presence of virtual servers has taken care of the issue, once and for all, resulting in reduced expenditure and less maintenance requirements.

Cloud MCU is a comparatively new entrant in the education sector, but it has received worldwide acceptance, thanks to its realized benefits. What remains to be seen is how quickly universities will continue down the path towards Cloud MCU and capitalize on its advantages.

Do you think that the education sector will be quick to adopt Cloud MCU? We would love hear your thoughts.

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