Research Reveals Video Conferencing Pitfalls

Blue Coat Systems Inc. (BCSI) has announced that, according to a global survey it initiated through a research organization, more than 73 percent of enterprises are putting greater emphasis on using high-quality video conferencing in place of traveling. Additionally, Blue Coat field personnel have witnessed a number of common mistakes in trying to add high-quality video conferencing to existing networks, and have developed a list of the top seven pitfalls. In order to avoid issues such as frozen video or lack of synchronization, Blue Coat advises those working with video conferencing deployments avoid the following common mistakes:

  1. Assessment – Failure to assess the network’s readiness for video conferencing.
  2. Bandwidth Provisioning – Failure to provision adequate bandwidth for each video conferencing session.
  3. Proactive Monitoring – Lack of ability to proactively monitor the quality of each video conferencing session.
  4. Troubleshooting – Lack of ability to troubleshoot a video conferencing session if the quality is impaired.
  5. Unprotected Session Set-up – Lack of bandwidth for set-up transactions causing significant delays in starting a new video conferencing session.
  6. Limitations of Existing Infrastructure – Be that the existing networking infrastructure readily will be able to establish the proper quality necessary for video conferencing.
  7. Disrupting Other Applications – Improper management of video conferencing resulting in excessive bandwidth use or network contention that prevents other applications from running properly.

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