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Thursday, 06 May 2010

Are You Ready For The Next Eruption?

The recent eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland, along with the specter of future eruptions of both it, and neighboring volcanoes, highlights the need for companies to plan for contingencies in the event of major travel disruptions and raises interest in video as an alternative to in-person travel.

We’ve already seen growing interest in HD and telepresence systems as a result of the recent economic downturn. Many companies instituted policies to reduce travel while increasing investments in video conferencing to deliver a “next-best-thing-to-being-there” solution for those favoring face-to-face communications. Twenty-seven percent of organizations are already adopting telepresence, while more than 70% have some form of video in use.

Telepresence is especially notable. Unlike other video technologies, senior executives perceive telepresence as a suitable replacement for in-person meetings. There is a catch: The mean price of a room deployment hovers around €200,000 plus ongoing costs for bandwidth and management often costing around €40,000 per year per location. There are less expensive alternatives, including hosted telepresence (and HD). All of these options should be part of every company’s business continuity and disaster recovery plan for the next eruption.

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