Radvision Expands Video Solutions Portfolio for SMBs

The Elite MCU 5105 is a multi-control unit (MCU) that supports high-definition audio, video and content-sharing.

Unified visual communications specialist Radvision announced a suite of video tools aimed at small to medium-size businesses, including the addition of the Scopia Elite MCU 5105 to its portfolio of standards-based video conferencing infrastructure solutions. Additionally, the Scopia XT1000 SMB Solution now incorporates Scopia Mobile.

The Elite 5105 bundle includes the 5105 MCU, dynamic capacity for up to 20 desktop ports, Desktop Pro and Scopia Mobile. The Elite MCU 5105 is an entry-level multi-control unit (MCU) that supports high-definition audio, video and content sharing. Aimed at SMBs and smaller departments or distributed organizations within larger companies, the 5105 offers five ports for HD video calls and up to 20 ports for enhanced definition calls, with dynamic resource allocation built in. It is available at a list price of $38,000.

The XT1000 SMB HD room system with embedded MCU along with integrated mobile and desktop video conferencing is available from $14,900. The Elite MCU 5105 and XT1000 SMB are available through the company's channel partner network.

"Video communications is becoming more prevalent in both our professional and personal lives. Businesses of all sizes should be taking advantage of the benefits of video conferencing as part of their overall collaboration strategies," said Rob Arnold, senior analyst at Frost & Sullivan. "The foremost barriers to the adoption of video by SMBs have been cost and complexity. The new Radvision solutions overcome both barriers by offering SMBs a cost-effective, easy-to-manage video communications solution that is enterprise-grade yet also user friendly."

Built on the Scopia XT1000 HD room system, the Scopia XT1000 SMB combines HD video room system capabilities with embedded multiparty conferencing, Scopia Desktop conferencing, and firewall traversal into an all-in-one solution. Additionally, participants can now leverage Scopia Mobile and join video conferences via an Apple iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad.

According to a recent study by IT research firm AMI Partners, SMBs will invest $12 billion in unified communications (UC) components, both hosted and on premises-based, and video is a critical component for any company's UC strategy.

Radvision said it is also working with global service providers to offer cloud-based video conferencing to meet this growing demand.

"Radvision is an established video conferencing veteran and innovator, and we understand how an SMB's needs differ from larger sized-businesses. While they may not have the budgets of more traditional video customers, they do have the same business goals and shouldn't have to compromise when it comes to technology," said Bob Romano, the company's corporate vice president of global marketing and acting general manager of North America. "As such, we are coming to market with solutions that are cost-effective and easy to deploy. This will include cloud-based video services so our customers can 'buy by the drink instead of the bottle,' so to speak."