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Video in The Clouds

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A report has Polycom working on an iPad client for cloud based video with tests slated to start in October in Australia. This will likely be long after a native iPad Skype client comes out for the Apple tablet, and smart money has Skype including video in that version, as it's a logical extension for them. Polycom's solution though will likely be a blend of H.323 as their room systems work with that, as well as SIP video. This opens the door in my mind for others too, and I would expect that Vidtel, led by ex Broadsoft marketing whiz Scott Wharton, will be finding their way into the space in a big way too.

Vidtel offers a cloud services solution that provides a meeting room like environment offering businesses a conference calling like package very similar to what Citrix's HiDef Conferencing offers audio users.

Also on the edge of coming to market from Citrix is a reported video aspect to their GoToMeeting product for iPad, but while that's not live yet, FUZEBox has a telepresence product for the iPad now.

All this means that cloud based video is not a maybe. It's here.

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