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How do you decide when to use hybrid video conferencing?

How do you decide whether your organization should go with a hybrid video conferencing deployment? Expert Tsahi Levent-Levi explains how to determine if hybrid video is right for you.

There are two options to consider when it comes to deploying video conferencing: either software-only or hybrid video. A hardware-only approach to video conferencing doesn’t make sense in this day and age due to a more mobile workforce that conferences over multiple devices. However, hardware plays well in enterprises where a lot of the collaboration and communication happens in meeting rooms and over the phone. If that is the case for your organization, then hardware-based room systems will be a key component within your video conferencing deployment. Deploying video conferencing that is purely software-based is still challenging and not satisfactory.

The hybrid approach to video conferencing comes into play for multipoint control units (MCUs) -- which are traditionally hardware-based -- and gateways. My preference these days would be to use a cloud provider for them, making the question of software versus hardware moot.

That said, placing MCUs within the enterprise makes sense when multiple endpoints join the same conference from within the same local network. This way, you save on the bandwidth required going out to the Internet.

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Does your organization take a software-only or hybrid video approach for video conferencing?
The hybrid approach on video conferencing relay multi-point control units structures which are hardware-based and gateways structures. It is the preference of the organization would include using a cloud provider hence building on multiple endpoints so match the local network hence saving on required bandwidth for the internet used. This overwhelms the hardware video conferring as the current workforce is embedded with mobile devices and conferences which then play well with modern communication and collaboration.
Yes, hybrid video conferencing is right for me because its supports conferencing over multiple devices. Besides, it also improves latency and connectivity for remote conferencing.