No Jitter Roll: This Week in Enterprise Communications
Today's collection of what's hot and happening focuses on UC, video, and SD-WAN integration initiatives from RingCentral, Vidyo, and Talari Networks.
Today No Jitter launches the first in what will be an ongoing series of weekly wrap-up posts aimed at presenting bits and bytes of news from the world of enterprises communications. Here we've compiled three items that so happen to center on integration, a continuing trend aimed at delivering communications and adjunct functionality all wrapped up in neat, tidy packages.
UCaaS: RingCentral Adds ID Management Integration
Fresh off its naming as a top UC-as-a-service provider by Gartner in the UCaaS Magic Quadrant report issued this week, RingCentral has added yet another technology partner to its growing ecosystem. This time around the focus is on security, and the integration partner is cloud-based identity management provider Okta. The RingCentral for Okta integration will allow RingCentral Office administrators to authenticate and provision users via their organizations' existing Active Directory infrastructure while offering users the convenience of logging into RingCentral using their single sign-on credentials.
The seamless access enabled by RingCentral for Okta has "thrilled" early adopter Jim Lyle, IT infrastructure engineer at Video Equipment Rentals. "Our employees benefit from easy access to RingCentral -- resulting in greater productivity and easier collaboration across the business and across multiple devices with security automatically built in," he said in a prepared statement. RingCentral for Okta is available now as part of the RingCentral Office Premium and Enterprise editions; an Okta subscription is required. Okta joins a RingCentral technology partner list that includes Box, Google, Microsoft, Oracle, and Salesforce, to name a few.
Video PaaS: Vidyo Zooms in on Video Chats
Coincident with the release of an IDC forecast on the U.S. video communications platform-as-a-service market, Vidyo has announced that it is now accepting beta invite requests for Vidyo.io, a video PaaS offering (submit requests here). Vidyo.io, in alpha mode now, gives developers ready access to the information and tools they need for integrating real-time video communications into applications, business processes, and Internet of Things devices.
Via Vidyo.io, developers will have an easy way to use Vidyo's video chat APIs for enabling enterprise-grade, real-time video communications at Web scale, the company said in its press announcement. As analyst Mark Winther noted in the IDC forecast report, "Video PaaS makes it dead easy to embed real-time video into a mobile app, a website, or a business process" and the "market is poised for takeoff driven by applications in video-aided telehealth, field services, education, and social media." IDC projects the domestic video PaaS market to hit $1.7 billion by 2020, up from $44 million in 2015. That reflects a 107% compound annual growth rate over the five years.
SD-WAN: Talari Networks Partners on Security, Backup
As UC analyst Zeus Kerravala wrote in a No Jitter post earlier this week, many industry watchers see software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) technology as a panacea for fixing a wide range of woes troubling enterprises sending traffic among far-flung company locations.
But SD-WAN doesn't live in a bubble, and can't solve all network pains. In recognition that enterprises still face security, scalability, and reliability challenges even with SD-WAN in place, SD-WAN vendor Talari Networks has announced an integration between its virtual SD-WAN solution and Palo Alto Networks' Next-Generation Security Platform for threat protection and Data2Go Wireless' LTE products for cellular backup. Talari forged these technology collaborations under its Unite Technology Alliance Program announced in May. Earlier announced partners include Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, and VMware.