LifeSize Press Release
February 04, 2009
New Lifesize Control 4.0 Extends And Simplifies Management of Enterprise Video Communications Networks
System management software lets IT managers take control of multi-vendor video networks; Easy video meeting scheduling with Microsoft Outlook
Austin, Tex. – Feb. 4, 2009 – LifeSize Communications, the global leader in high definition video communications, today announced the release of LifeSize® Control™ 4.0, a full-featured video network management platform that provides centralized management and control of heterogeneous video communications networks and uniquely integrates into the enterprise IT framework, enabling video communications as a natural extension to the data network.
LifeSize Control 4.0 provides an easy-to-use graphical interface for administrators to view real-time information on device and network status for leading video endpoints, MCU’s and other infrastructure systems. Unlike other video management systems, LifeSize Control integrates directly with Microsoft Exchange without the need for Microsoft Exchange server patches or Microsoft Outlook client plug-ins, enabling end users to schedule video meetings as easily as scheduling a conference room. The intelligence of LifeSize Control’s Smart Scheduler makes video resource scheduling transparent to the end user by automatically identify and reserving all necessary video devices, rooms and multipoint control units.
“LifeSize Control not only delivers on all of the “must-haves” of video system management software, it fits into enterprise systems and workflows, as well as extends scheduling capabilities beyond the administrator to the end user,” said Andrew W. Davis, senior partner, Wainhouse Research. “LifeSize Control takes video network management to a new level as it’s designed to support the way networks work today and scale to support the expanding deployments of HD video communications.”
“LifeSize Control 4.0 combines power and simplicity in a robust platform that helps companies get the most out of their video networks,” said Craig Malloy, CEO, LifeSize Communications. “Not only does Control manage LifeSize HD video communications systems, it’s an open platform supporting video devices by other vendors, which allows organizations to leverage their existing investment forward.”
Smart: No patches, no plug-ins
LifeSize Control 4.0 features Smart Scheduler, a management technology that understands the capabilities of all video resources on the network and intelligently allocates and schedules those resources as needed. While video administrators retain control over all video conference equipment, Smart Scheduler makes it easy for end users to schedule video calls.
Using the familiar interface of Microsoft Outlook, scheduling a video call is as easy as booking a meeting. No additional training is required for end users. Users simply book a room via Outlook, from their PC and show up to the meeting; LifeSize Control does the rest. Video network resources are reserved, the call will be automatically established and meeting participants can simply arrive in the conference room and get to work.
For administrators, LifeSize Control 4.0 integrates seamlessly into Microsoft Active Directory structures, requiring no patches on the Microsoft Exchange server and no Microsoft Outlook plug-ins for end users. Adding video resources is as easy as adding a new mailbox, just as IT administrators do every day for new employees.
“We architected LifeSize Control with the same design philosophy as our HD video communications systems: deliver a superior quality of experience, unique flexibility and unmatched price performance,” continued Malloy. “By making it easy for both administrators and end users, LifeSize Control delivers increased system usage, better ROI and higher user satisfaction, resulting in lower travel costs, better communication, increased productivity and faster decision cycles.”
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