For many organizations that have invested heavily in video conferencing, replacing old equipment and starting afresh is not financially viable. So what are the options for giving new life to old endpoints?

In today's world of easy, instant connectivity, it's hard to imagine ever having to buy in additional infrastructure, like gateways or MCUs, to get your video conferencing working beyond the confines of your office walls. But step back a few years and this expensive (and complicated) infrastructure was very much the norm. Many organizations now find themselves in a situation where they need to move beyond what their current video conferencing set-up and infrastructure can offer, but are reluctant, or simply not ready, to rip and replace. An interim solution with some surface appeal is Video Conferencing as a Service (VCaaS). By connecting existing infrastructure to the video cloud, an organization can improve the suitability of their current video conferencing equipment; benefitting from features such as increased interoperability. While this approach may have some merit in the short-term, and it can certainly teach your old video conferencing systems new tricks, in the face of another option, it is little more than a temporary patch. A better solution is to scrap that old infrastructure completely and replace it with a video cloud. Simply subscribing existing video endpoints to the StarLeaf video cloud breathes new life and enriched functionality into an old video installation. It also ensures that your original investment is protected, while saving on maintenance and upgrade costs. Savings that can then be re-invested when the time comes for a complete refresh. To find out more about StarLeaf's Cloud Endpoint Subscription service and how it can protect your video conferencing investment, take a look at our whitepaper.