One of my favorite quotes from Sci-Fi is about technology and complexity is Arthur C. Clarke’s (a man who was both a scientist and sci-fi writer) Third Law.
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In the past, video collaboration technology was magic. Thankfully, our society has caught up a bit and understands pretty much how cameras and screens work. The thing that very few people understand is what is happening in between. I’m not going to go into all of that here, but this simple diagram breaks it down into components that are useful for this topic. I am going to talk about one of them, the bridge.
The Story of The Bridge
The Bridge (shown above) takes all the different endpoints and sources for calls, joins them together into meetings and then does some processing to help decrease the total load on the network and transform the data into the appropriate format. For most of the history of video, these bridges have been purpose-built, dedicated pieces of hardware. However, it can be difficult to scale these pieces of hardware, most commonly known as Multipoint Control Units (MCU), AND make them flexible enough to deal with the increasing variety of sources for video communication (think browser-based video and mobile devices).
Introducing Pexip Infinity: A Modern Bridge
This is where Pexip comes in to help simplify the situation. Pexip has the Infinity platform to replace the traditional hardware bridge (aka MCU). It is aptly named because it connects video endpoints and can theoretically expand infinitely to include as many devices as possible on either end. It does this by virtualizing the bridge functionality on a conventional server. As server performance increases, so does your bridging capability.
Pexip goes even further by including video sources that were previously difficult to combine in meetings, like Skype, Lync, WebRTC and more. This really brings video to new places in the world while simultaneously making it easy to manage and setup up, all at a lower cost than the traditional infrastructure.
Prepare for the Future by Knowing the Past and Present
Sounds amazing, right?
This is why Vyopta works closely with Pexip to make sure we stay in lock-step with their innovative technology so that together we can push the technical frontier of video as well as make it easier for more people to use video communication. vAnalytics helps to drive this by providing customers of Pexip with both historical and Real Time data. We are looking to push this even further into the future with some capability to predict and plan for future usage, both ad hoc and scheduled. To learn more about monitoring your pexip environment, check out our product features.