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A list of recent articles and resources regarding employee return.

Our analysis concludes that a majority of US employees will be back in the office starting the week of November 1st. However, they will continue to use bandwidth-intensive video conferencing applications, like Zoom, Cisco Webex, and Microsoft Teams.

This combination will put a significant strain on enterprise networks. Too much video usage on limited circuits causes congestion. This will resemble the “VPN Meltdown” that happened when a majority of enterprise workers connected from home at the beginning of the pandemic. Many companies were not prepared then and these same companies are not prepared now.

Zoom is best prepared with features to help to mitigate this strain on the network but most employees will still experience poor video quality. Many will temporarily lose access to important applications as a result of the network congestion caused by Zoom, Webex, and Microsoft Teams video conferencing and video webinars.

Vivoh converts a video webinar with 1,000 onsite participants from up to 3 Gbps back down to 3Mbps while maintaining HD quality for all participants. This makes all the difference when congestion is a concern.

October 9th: Morgan Stanley Workplace Report

October 5th: NYC Recovery Index

October 4th: Return-to-Office Plans: When Companies Are Planning to Go Back

October 3rd: Global Return Sharply Divergent

Kastle Systems Back to Work Barometer

October: Office Sector in New York City Report

Kate Lister of Global Workplace Analytics

September: NYC’s Economic Recovery

September 14th: Bank employee return dates

September 10th: Duke employees to return in October

August 30th: Aetna, Centene, Cigna, Humana, UnitedHealthcare Return Plans

A Fortune 200 financial services company has deployed Vivoh multicast technology, including the brandable Vivoh Multicast App, and has just completed their first live event.

For this large enterprise with tens of thousands of employees, Vivoh developed a custom webcasting application which blends both unicast and multicast streams as well as employee engagement with Q&A and analytics. 

Vivoh enabled this company to leverage their existing network equipment and Wowza Servers which provides the multicast streaming source. The custom application identifies groups of users that support multicast and automatically routes non-multicast-enabled users to the Wowza unicast stream so the enterprise can reach every employee on every device in the most reliable, secure, and cost-effective method available.

Manage Overflow Between Multiple Webinar Services with One Link!

Today, webinar planning is complicated and stressful. Zoom Webinar comes in increasingly expensive capacity tiers and it is hard to anticipate audience sizes. Managing webinar archives and publishing new replay URLs is cumbersome.

Vivoh MetaLink enables multi-service webinars, including Zoom and Vimeo, lowering your costs and delivering the best user experience. Webinar archives use the same link. With Vivoh MetaLink, internal networks are protected from being overloaded with video traffic by enabling you to route these users to another service with scalable video delivery technology.

Vivoh MetaLink is serverless software deployed in CloudFlare which is the most scalable and secure global network available.

Vivoh MetaLink allows meeting planners to create and publish a smart URL for the webinar which will send some users to Zoom Webinar and others to a Vimeo event. They can set a threshold based upon their Zoom Webinar license. Vivoh MetaLink can route external users to Zoom Webinar and internal users to Vimeo. Another option is to send up to 3,000 users to Webex Event Center and the rest to a Microsoft Teams Live Event.

A critical best practice for meeting planners* is to use a custom landing page URL or URL shortening service just in case something goes wrong with the webinar and a new webinar event link needs to be created. This URL is also used to send users to the webinar archive. Vivoh MetaLink is easy-to-use, secure, and massively scalable.

Vimeo’s use of Streamroot technology means that Vimeo has a built-in way to scale video delivery for internal corporate networks (WebRTC P2P). Similarly Microsoft’s acquisition of Peer5 will bring the same technology to Microsoft Teams Live Events.

Example Implementations

* https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/office/best-practices-for-producing-a-teams-live-event-e500370e-4dd1-4187-8b48-af10ef02cf42

Vivoh provides a rich video webinar experience for all end-users through our cost effective and simple-to-deploy “network backstop” plug-in. Our solution fills the gap for large, enterprise events, like all-hands meetings, through Zoom, Microsoft Teams or Webex without negatively impacting other business critical network traffic.

THE PROBLEM

Meeting planners are often forced to switch from Zoom, Microsoft Teams or Webex to complicated webcasting platforms and expensive enterprise content delivery networks when hosting large-scale meetings with viewers from within their corporate networks.

What are the challenges?

  • Zoom, Microsoft and Cisco don’t maintain HD video quality when local networks become overloaded. 
  • These services interrupt other important business services when too many have joined the events from within the same building, or region.
  • Switching to webcasting platforms comes at an even larger cost: failed events from operator error when meeting planners and hosts use unfamiliar services.
  • Presenters are uncomfortable with these webcasting platforms.

Many companies mitigate these issues by spending tens of thousands of dollars per event on full-service webcast production after already spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on enterprise video platforms with integrated enterprise content delivery.

VIVOH IS THE SOLUTION

Zoom Webinars, Microsoft Teams Live Events and Cisco Webex Events are simple to use and provide a high-quality experience for all. Vivoh adds scale for internal distribution.

Why Vivoh?

Vivoh allows all meetings to be in HD while staying within the Zoom, Microsoft Teams or Webex experiences, regardless of how many are attending. With Vivoh, meeting planners ask presenters to use the tools that they are already comfortable with and then they deliver the same video quality – without impacting local networks.

Vivoh is cost effective with monthly host-based pricing which includes unlimited events, users, and minutes. Vivoh is simple-to-deploy and intelligently routes users to the native Zoom, Microsoft, or Cisco Apps where Vivoh is not available. Presenters stay in Zoom, Teams, and Webex where they are comfortable. All events become self-service, and companies save hundreds of thousands of dollars each year!

About Vivoh

Vivoh is the leading provider of enterprise multicast video apps for all-hands meetings. Our customers include Financial Services, Government, and Healthcare companies that handle billions of network transactions every day. Vivoh protects their networks from the disruptive impact of live video. You can find us in the Zoom Marketplace and the Cisco Webex App Hub or https://vivoh.com.