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Networks choke in-house video conferencing

Business networks are struggling to cope with the technological requirements of in-house video conferencing, according to Cbronline.com.

Allan Swann, writing for the website, claimed that the “choke points” in businesses’ networks might cause a problem; potentially encouraging companies instead to outsource their video conferencing needs.

It may be that opting to use external video conferencing facilities is a better option than keeping the operation in-house; particularly given the increasingly “sophisticated” nature of video communication. What’s more, expert Mark Urban – a bandwidth optimisation specialist – called video conferencing the “number influence on networking” at present, meaning it’s crucial businesses have a conferencing solution they can rely upon.

Fellow expert Daniel Rendell, a spokesperson for IBM Global Technology Services, also revealed that video can be “very unforgiving” when it goes wrong. He added: “One bad experience can cause users to give up”, further highlighting the need for a high-quality solution.

However these Swann and his fellow contributers weren’t the only people to chime in on the situation recently, as Informationweek.com revealed that increasingly, many in-house video conferencing systems are becoming subject to hacks by cyber criminals.

HD Moore, a security researcher, confirmed the news after discovering that some hackers operating in cyberspace scan the internet looking for open video conferencing systems. This means that many systems of this kind are vulnerable to attack and is another factor businesses will have to consider when examining their conferencing needs in 2012.