October 20, 2008

IOCOM’s Federated Server Architecture Brings Ultimate Scalability to Visual Communications

IOCOM today announced the availability of a federated server architecture for its Unified Collaboration Server (UCS), offering the performance and availability necessary for the UCS to scale to an unprecedented number of users. The advanced UCS system provides distributed processing and network optimization of video, audio and data sharing streams. IOCOM's federated architecture enables the UCS to achieve the scale of peer-to-peer solutions, such as Skype, while maintaining the sophisticated administrative control required for global enterprise and service provider solutions. Several Fortune 500 companies are currently using IOCOM's federated UCS within their own wide area networks (WANs) for network optimization between distributed offices.

The IOCOM solution employs a client cloud architecture that supports open communication standards connecting large conference rooms, desktops, traditional videoconferencing appliances and VoIP systems. By using software and commodity hardware instead of a specialized hardware approach, IOCOM reduces costs well below the prevailing market leaders such as Polycom and Tandberg. Windows based clients are integrated with off-the-shelf audio and visual gear from simple USB cameras to high definition cameras and monitors, while the Linux based server hardware eliminates the need for dedicated appliances. IOCOM offers customers the flexibility to start with one server and then simply add additional servers as their needs grow - a dramatic alternative to the sizing requirements of hardware based approaches. IOCOM's software runs over any standard IP network, including the Internet, wireless, satellite, VPN, and broadband cellular. Other features included in the IOCOM solution are Web conferencing; file sharing; chat; presence engine; distributed whiteboard; phone dial in and out; and record and play back.

"This federated server release changes the way real time visual communications are managed on IP networks," said IOCOM COO Terry Burke. "Our customers can now connect to the IOCOM 'cloud' that efficiently distributes network traffic while giving them the best experience possible, whether they are joining from their telepresence rooms, laptops or mobile devices."

Unlike most traditional VTC systems or other current tele-presence room offerings, the IOCOM's solution is not based on a telephony model. Instead of initiating a "video call" like these systems, the IOCOM establishes multi-point video and audio meetings through the federated UCS architecture with a simple mouse click on an available presence-based colleague or site. This colleague can be off site at his home office or in a room based system that is "on net." The software does not discriminate when it comes to what type of end point can be brought into a meeting. Ultra mobile PCs, laptops, desktops and room based systems can all join in meetings simultaneously, no matter what type of bandwidth they may be connected to. IOCOM also employs the more traditional method of scheduling a meeting through the IGScheduler, which is integrated with MS Outlook and Lotus Notes for easy calendar placement. Also available to users are "Virtual Rooms" which can be created for your special projects that meet at the same time every day or week for an extended period of time.


IOCOM is a Chicago-based software provider that helps keep people connected through video, data and audio conferencing. Its solutions work with virtually any Internet-enabled device, including room systems, PCs, laptops and mobile devices. IOCOM's focus is on delivering the high performance necessary for smooth audio and video without the cost and complexity of bulkier, proprietary systems. Fortune 500 companies, government and education institutions, researchers, skilled workers, and general consumers currently rely on IOCOM's solutions. For more information, please visit http://www.iocom.com.