Choosing a platform is no easy venture. As previously discussed, both Cisco and Microsoft have many benefits to offer. For the sake of this blog, let's focus on the benefits of Microsoft Lync for video conferencing, especially since Lync continues to crack into telephony.
After the difficult (or easy) decision of choosing Lync, the next step is deployment. How will you roll out your shiny new communications solution? Of course, there are two options: On-premise or Cloud.
Again, each deployment method offers a unique set of benefits. The features are the same, but the overall result provides functionality that may be more fitting for one company over another. Let's break this down.
On-premise video conferencing solutions provide ultimate flexibility in configuring, customizing, and operating deployment. Servers are installed onsite and maintained by your organization. An on-premise deployment provides users with the full range of Lync features. Simple, easy, and quite beneficial.
Conversely, cloud based solutions are intended for a company that wants the cost and agility benefits of cloud-based instant messaging, presence, and meetings. Specifically, the Lync server also includes business-class capabilities. Unlike on-premise, the required server infrastructure is deployed and maintained off-site.
As mentioned before, each solution has its own advantages, and different businesses will benefit from different aspects of either one. Before deciding on-prem or cloud, consider the following:
• Total Cost of Ownership, including deployment, updates, and maintenance
• Assets, both physical and digital
• Connectivity and network fluctuations
• Scalability with future applications
• Data protection and compliance
These are just a few of the things to think about. The discussion involving cloud or on-prem is a long one, but very worthwhile.