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June 30, 2014

Zoom's Cloud-based Meeting Services Available for Australian Academics and Researchers

By Madhubanti Rudra
TMCnet Contributor

The use of cloud-based video conferencing has become widespread on campuses all across the globe. The technology enables live interaction among a number of participants, facilitating online workshops and webinars and even remote tutorial sessions where real time communications are required.

Zoom, a provider of cloud meeting services, is one of the key players in this space. Some 1,400 educational institutions reportedly use Zoom’s full-featured video conferencing platform for web meeting and mobile collaboration, the company reps said. Australia's Academic and Research Network (AARNet) is the latest in the education sector to join Zoom’s long list of clients.

Video conferencing has become an integral part of today’s collaborative work culture and cloud technologies are making video accessible to anyone, anywhere. It does not matter whether you are using a desktop at office or using a mobile device on the go, cloud based video conferencing make it easy for the teams to keep in touch with remote team-members. Big organizations as well as SMBs are levering cloud based services for meetings and collaborations. One of the biggest advantages with cloud meeting services is: It frees the organizations from the dependence on complex hardware and the costs associated with it. No wonder, the researchers and students are also taking the advantages of this frill-free, on-demand, affordable technology.

AARNet has been created to provide high-performing Internet and other communication services to educational institutions as well as cultural organizations all across Australia. With AARNet signing deal with Zoom, its services are likely to reach over 1 million end-users in the universities, research organizations, schools and vocational training institutes across Australia. The users that have access to AARNet's network and services will now be able to use Zoom’s affordable and user-friendly services for teaching, learning, and research. According to Jamie Sunderland, director of product solutions for AARNet, Zoom will allow the academics and researchers to break free of the traditional boundaries posed by the geography and collaborate beyond organizational groupings and technology platforms.

Zoom allows for HD video, audio, and screen-sharing across mobile, tablet, desktop and room systems. It also supports whiteboarding and annotation, making learning more interactive. Zoom also allows you to record in MP4 or M4A format, enabling the students to review the sessions latter and learn at their own pace. No wonder, more and more educational institutions around the world are choosing Zoom for collaboration.

“Zoom's partnership with AARNet is a great example of what can be achieved as higher education incorporates advanced cloud services into their IT infrastructure. We are proud to raise the bar for cloud video conferencing, providing quality, ease-of-use, and affordability to colleges and universities everywhere,” founder and CEO of Zoom Eric Yuan noted in a statement.

Edited by Alisen Downey


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