Video Conferencing: A TCO Analysis

August 21, 2012

Video conferencing is an increasingly important technology to improve employee and partner collaboration, especially for increasingly virtual organizations supporting rising numbers of mobile and home workers. But many companies still struggle to justify their investments in video conferencing, and to understand potential cost differences among competing solutions – not just hardware and software expenses, but also investments required for bandwidth and operational support. Comparing various video conferencing solutions requires examining deployment models, licensing arrangements, network infrastructure needs, and the various technologies employed by the solutions themselves to minimize hardware and bandwidth costs. In this report Nemertes examines network, hardware, and operational costs for leading video conferencing solution vendors in a variety of scenarios, using real-world data gathered from actual buyers of video conferencing products and services. The result: significant differences in costs across all areas, especially for varying deployment models.

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