Video conferencing system manufacturers have long touted an embedded multisite capability as a cheaper alternative to a stand-alone MCU. Particularly for small deployments where businesses will only ever need to connect up to four locations on one call. Yet, as many users have discovered, an embedded multisite capability does not, or will not, scale and is limiting for any growing business.

What are the drawbacks of an embedded MCU?

1. It's a false economy - whilst less expensive than a stand-alone network MCU, both in terms of initial deployment and ongoing maintenance, it's just not a worthwhile long-term investment for a business.

2. It's a bandwidth eater - using up to 2Mbps per participant, this sort of bandwidth use is usually only available in the data center, not a great place for an endpoint.

3. It's hard to set up and configure -it's trying to be both an endpoint and an MCU at the same time, often not doing a good job of either.

4. An embedded MCU cannot be shared - so, if you have one user making a point-to-point video call, another user cannot make a concurrent multipoint call.

5. The endpoint with the embedded MCU must be involved in all multisite calls, even if no users at that location need to be involved. For all of these reasons embedded MCUs are not a cost-effective means of video collaboration.

StarLeaf solves all of these problems with our cloud video conferencing and calling.

All StarLeaf cloud video conferencing systems boast the functionality of both embedded and stand-alone MCU capability thanks to our Global Platform. Which means your business can enjoy video conferencing and calling that is both easy to deploy and completely scalable across your entire organization, whilst requiring no technical expertize or costly infrastructure and maintenance. How so?

1. Thanks to our QuickMeetTM feature, you can seamlessly and smoothly escalate your point-to-point video call to a multipoint conference at the touch of a button.

2. We offer VMRs (Virtual Meeting Rooms) which have all the functionality of a traditional hardware MCU, but without the cost of ownership or need to buy ports.

3. We've removed complexity for the end user, who can easily schedule meetings and invite anyone, internal or external, to join a video conference. What's more, invitees without a video endpoint get the option to join via our software client Breeze or global audio dial-in where needed.

4. Our interoperable video conferencing and calling solution means that StarLeaf will work with any existing endpoints from any manufacturer, allowing you to use our Cloud for your existing video systems as well as being able to call any other system anywhere in the world.

5. A participant can join a multipoint call even if they are on the go, thanks to our video calling mobility software, StarLeaf Breeze. With StarLeaf, you can video enable your entire organization because Breeze comes at no extra cost, If you are ready to bring StarLeaf's cloud video conferencing and calling that just works to your organization, but have old and clunky video systems in place, make use of our Trade-in offer today, or contact us for a demo to see seamless video conferencing and calling in action.