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Published: 02 Sep 2014
Video calls are no longer just a popular choice for connecting with out-of-town relatives and friends. Applications like Skype and FaceTime have shown users how easy -- and enjoyable -- launching a video call can be, and businesses want the same option for their employees when a simple voice call or audio-only conference just won't cut it. Not only can traditional video conferencing be expensive and clunky, but it can also eat up precious meeting minutes with the time it takes to log in and launch a session.
But while WebRTC makes video conferencing a lot easier to use and more appealing to businesses, could there be a dark side to making video so effortless and free flowing? Copious amounts of video traffic could strain unprepared enterprise networks, and WebRTC has a different set of bandwidth requirements compared to conventional video conferencing systems. Early adopters of WebRTC-based video say, however, that they have yet to see any doomsday scenarios on the network and that the ease-of-use benefits in WebRTC can't be beat.
How much of WebRTC hype could be reality?
Learn the basics with this WebRTC primer
Find out how WebRTC technology could disrupt enterprise video