The Way of Vidyo: From IP Networks to Cloud Platforms

The Way of Vidyo: From IP Networks to Cloud Platforms

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One of the illustrative features of upcoming Web 3.0 is the attempt of software vendors to enlarge  operability of their IT products covering all possible functions in order to represent users various all-in-one solutions.

The “whatever-as-a-service” models grow like weeds thanks to cloud services becoming more and more affordable and even habitual.

Hence, it is not surprising that sooner or later a “streaming video-as-a-service” should appear. And it has appeared in the form of Communications Platform-as-a-service (CPaaS) by – a high-quality video cloud service coupled with the VidyoClient SDK.

VidyoClient SDK

1. How this all started

Before 2014, Vidyo was sharing the glory of the super-Internet-monster-ever Google which was using Vidyo’s plugin for Hangouts and GoogleTalk video chat.

That was the period when the second generation of videoconferencing architecture reigned. Vidyo and Blue Jeans Network replaced the first generation hyper expensive solutions of Polycom and Tandberg.

Now it is hard to believe that IT departments used to spend $10K - $30K and even (terrible to say!) $100K - $200K (PictureTel and CUseeMe) for videoconferencing.

The second generation solutions provided HD video for only few dollars a month. And despite the complicated server infrastructure, Vidyo did not keep a wide audience away of the affordable solutions.


2. Attending the third generation

However, as we know progress does not stay still. The successive  third generation video services  such as Skype, Tango, and WebRTC offered a peer-to-peer video allowing to in-build it directly into  browsers.

Could Vidyo opt out of the third generation movement? Not at all. Even the fact that Google refused H.264 video compression standard (one of the main Vidyo’s strong points that was attracting Hangouts before 2014) could not make Vidyo give up.

Besides, quite successful history of Vidyo Inc. starting in 2004 from the dissatisfaction of its first chairman Ofer Shapiro in downsides of video conferencing via those days’ IP networks implied continuous self-development by means of following the newest technological trends.

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3. The way of Vidyo

Both market requirements and sustained infusions of capital from venture funds ($63 million in  total since the company’s founding) inspired Vidyo to create and develop various HD video conferencing products such as VidyoDesktop, VidyoPortal, VidyoGateway, VidyoCampus, and VidyoHealth.

The Software Development Kit (SDK) allowing to develop various web and mobile applications is available since 2010.

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Let’s get back in these days, however. Which product can make Vidyo corresponding contemporary demands?

As many truly digital organizations insist (and Vidyo is no exception), the only relevant product today is… a service.

Or more precisely a Platform-as-a-service. In order to  integrate HD real-time video capabilities into various mobile and web applications, cloud platform includes VidyoClient SDK with corresponding APIs.

It means a wide remit for numerous software vendors and outsourcing mobile developers who can easily and rapidly equip their solutions with the advanced features such as multiparty audio and video conferencing and group chats.

A multi-platform approach allows developers to use VidyoClient SDK for web, Win, macOS, Android and iOS applications.

The only thing needed to get access to the cloud service for both an app and a user is a token.

Live in Vidyo

4. Wide recognition

As ample capabilities of the cloud service meet expectations of nowadays market, many innovative organizations in financing (BlueCurrent Credit Union, First Data), healthcare (Medical University of South California, Miami Children’s Hospital), hightech (NASA, CERN, Mozilla, Philips, Hitachi), education (Arizona State University, Carnegie Mellon University), and government (National Informatics Center, UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Air Force Association) have already implemented various HD video conferencing solutions from Vidyo.

Indeema has been practicing Vidyo’s technologies for more than three years.

Our previous post about advantages and technological nuances of Vidyo represented some detailed explanations of how to grasp and adopt Vidyo’s capabilities smoothly.

Why did we get back to the subject? The answer is simple – Vidyo keeps up with the times, and we do the same.

Our lean development approach inspires us for laying little hints around about the worthwhile technologies our valuable customers may rely on with our support.

Streaming video is definitely booming now,  so why not try this highly regarded technology which also happens to be very familiar with us?

Yevhen Fedoriuk

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Yevhen Fedoriuk

VP of Delivery at Indeema Software Inc.

In his role as VP of Delivery, Yevhen Fedoriuk places a strong emphasis on prioritizing client needs, drawing upon his extensive experience of over a decade in both technology and management.