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Microsoft® Lync® Server 2013 Unleashed Second Edition by Randy Wintle, Alex Lewis, David Ross, Tom Pacyk

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Cloud MCUs

An emerging trend in the video conferencing industry is the move from an on-premise hardware- or software-based MCU to a cloud-hosted MCU. Companies such as Blue Jeans and Polycom have already started to introduce services with these features. The advantage to this approach is that an organization can limit the on-premise investment in MCUs, which was sometimes very cost-prohibitive in the case of a hardware-based MCU. Software-based MCUs generally came at a lower price point, but a hosted subscription model in the cloud is becoming a very popular concept.

The shift to these cloud MCUs has also sparked new possibilities for interoperability that were previously not considered with traditional MCUs. For example, Blue Jeans supports ...

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