Top 6 Cisco Telepresence alternatives

Last updated: October 02, 2009
Cisco Telepresence
Meet face-to-face with remote customers, suppliers, and partners using the Cisco TelePresence. Build and scale differentiated video collaboration rooms to meet the needs of your organization—from small huddle spaces to large, customized board rooms. Now you can with the Cisco TelePresence SX Series, a powerful and flexible technology platform designed for integrators.

The best Cisco Telepresence alternatives:



Polycom



Collaborate anywhere, anytime, with anyone using Polycom video, voice, and content-sharing solutions. One-touch ease; audio and video with crystal-clear quality; enterprise-grade security, reliability and scalability. Polycom solutions give you the flexibility to meet and collaborate with colleagues, partners, and customers in any environment―immersive theater, conference room, work office, home office, or on-the-go. Wherever you are, wherever you go.

Skype



Skype is a software application that allows users to make voice and video calls and chats over the Internet. Calls to other users within the Skype service are free, while calls to both traditional landline telephones and mobile phones can be made for a fee using a debit-based user account system. Skype has also become popular for its additional features which include instant messaging, file transfer, and videoconferencing. Skype alternative for enterprise is called Skype for Business. Secure Skype alternatives are Signal and Telegram.

WebEx



Web conferencing lets you connect with anyone, anywhere, in real time. WebEx combines desktop sharing through a web browser with phone conferencing and video, so everyone sees the same thing while you talk. WebEx free alternatives are Skype, Google Hangouts. If you are looking for open-source self-hosted WebEx alternatives pay attention to Jitsi and Rocket.Chat.

Microsoft Lync



Microsoft Lync (formerly Microsoft Office Communicator) and Microsoft Lync for Mac are instant messaging clients used with Microsoft Lync Server or Lync Online available with Microsoft Office 365. Basic features include instant messaging, Voice Over IP and Video Conferencing inside the client software.

LifeSize



No other HD video conferencing solution makes the conference room experience so easy and accessible. Our solution connects our incredible Icon video systems to our remarkably simple-to-use Lifesize Cloud service—putting everyone one call away from pulling up a chair at the meeting.

HP Halo



HP Halo is a state-of-the-art telepresence solution that brings meeting attendees from around the globe into an environment that feels as if they are in the same room. The only telepresence offering that runs on a private network designed specifically for video collaboration Delivers fully duplexed audio, company-to-company connections via the Halo network and 24/7 support with concierge service. HP Halo acquired by Polycom



Latest news about Cisco Telepresence


2009. Cisco buys Tandberg for $3 billions



Cisco Systems announced that it has agreed to acquire Norwegian videoconference equipment maker Tandberg for $3 billions in cash. Cisco competed with Tandberg on the high end of the videoconferencing market (in the telepresence niche), but on the smb videoconferencing  market, they had no chance to reach the Norwegian company. So they decided to buy the rival and its 40% market share. In result Cisco becomes the leading vendor of the video systems that range from small "videophones" to full conference-room setups. Number two in this space, US based Polycom has 34% market share. By the way, it's rumored that Polycom after that has all chances to be acquired by another IT giant, Hewlett-Packard.