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Nefsis Adds Diagnostic Tools to HD Video Conferencing Service

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May 26, 2011

Nefsis Adds Diagnostic Tools to HD Video Conferencing Service

By Anshu Shrivastava, TMCnet Contributor


Nefsis, a technology specialist in video conferencing software and cloud computing online services, has added a set of diagnostic tools as a standard feature of its global, cloud-based HD video conferencing service and Nefsis free trials.

In addition to network assessments, the built-in diagnostic tools will help in optimization of video conferencing performance and troubleshooting. “One of the many advantages of the Nefsis global cloud is its built-in diagnostic tools. You get everything you need in a free trial, including test utilities, plus all the scalability needed for easy expansion,” said Allen Drennan, chief technology officer at Nefsis.


With the Nefsis video conferencing cloud, users get all the resources necessary for multipoint HD video mixing, firewall and proxy traversal for desktops, live collaboration tools, and now network diagnostics.

The Nefsis built-in diagnostics feature three tests -- bandwidth, latency and routing. The bandwidth test reports uplink and downlink bandwidth between each endpoint and the user’s Nefsis virtual conference room, while the latency test reports response times.

Company officials said that the comprehensive routing test displays the IP route between an organization and the conference. It takes a snapshot of response times at various hops, helping identify where delays occur.

The IT staff can use these tests to get actual data on bandwidth availability, and the data can then be used to check the readiness of networks for desktop video conferencing, said company officials. In addition, Nefsis also provides related administrative features such as ability to limit video resolution as appropriate or allow Nefsis video encoding -- also called “variable bitrate” and “scalable video coding” -- and automated bandwidth throttling to make automatic adjustments.

The use of Nefsis diagnostics can help verify purchased bandwidth between a Nefsis customer and its ISP, The diagnostic output can be presented to the ISP if the actual bandwidth provided is far below that purchased. Company officials said that this ensures that ISP cannot pass the blame on customer network.

“In the DOD, military and government markets, network bandwidth and performance are not only important, it is critical. With Nefsis, the exclusive built-in bandwidth and real-time network test utilities assist with easy network diagnostics and administration,” said Dennis Butts, Founder, chairman and CEO at Military Comm Networks.

Built-in diagnostics are automatically available to all Nefsis Professional subscribers and trial users.

Earlier this month, Winvale, a government information technology reseller, selected the Nefsis FIPS Edition to distribute through the Winvale GSA (News - Alert) Schedule.


Anshu Shrivastava is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anshu’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves







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