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Ignite 2017 #3 - Happenings on the Show Floor

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Ignite 2017 #3 - Happenings on the Show Floor
    

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4 Oct 2017
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Several hundred vendors eagerly showed off their Microsoft-friendly products and services at the Ignite Expo in Orlando.  While there, I spent quality time with some friends of the family (alphabetically listed below) for discussions and demos.

Altia Systems - Altia Systems demo’d several Skype Room System (SRS) capabilities, including the use of its PanaCast 2 camera as a panoramic camera source (see image below). Altia Systems also showed off the ability to capture, enhance and send whiteboard content as either an SfB video stream or content stream using the PanaCast Whiteboard function.

Nectar Services Corp - Multi-vendor performance assurance provider Nectar announced a new alliance with Plantronics to present Plantronics headset status information within Nectar’s UI.  Nectar’s platform currently supports Skype for Business, Cisco and Avaya.  While not specifically announced at the event, we expect Teams to be added to this list in the near future.

Pexip - Meeting platform vendor Pexip demo’d its automatic cloud bursting function.  Essentially, this allows admins to define when the system should spin-up additional cloud-based conferencing nodes for use when on-premises capacity is exhausted.  For example, an organization with 16 on-premises resources could decide to spin-up additional resources when 12 nodes are in use.  This method ensures that resources are fully utilized without requiring users to wait for cloud resources to spin-up.

Pexip also reminded everyone that Pexip Infinity Fusion is a Microsoft-certified video gateway that also allows non-Skype for Business video systems / users to join Skype for Business sessions.

Polycom - Longstanding Microsoft partner Polycom had a sizable booth at Ignite where it showed off its portfolio of Skype for Business- and Office 365-ready solutions, including its MSR-series Skype Room System dock (highlighted in my first blog on Ignite 2017), its RealPresence Group Series endpoints (now qualified on Office 365), and its wide range of SfB voice products.

StarLeaf - Video conferencing service (and product) provider StarLeaf reminded attendees that its GTm product family was designed from the ground-up to work with all of Microsoft’s various communications platforms – from Lync 2010 through the current version of SfB (and soon Microsoft Teams).

Videxio - VCaaS provider Videxio gave a strong demo of a soon-to-be-released “meeting room” mode within the Videxio My Meeting Video app.  Designed for use on a tablet or other device installed in a meeting room, this new mode simplifies the meeting join process by scraping the room’s calendar and providing a one-click join link for Skype for Business, Zoom, Pexip and Videxio meetings.  The image at right shows the new app running on an Android tablet.

All in all, although a lot of work remains to be done, this two-day stint in Orlando left me more optimistic and enthusiastic about Microsoft’s plans and efforts with SfB and Teams.

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