|[June 29, 2011]
Blue Jeans Network Launches Any(ware) Video Conferencing
SANTA CLARA, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
Jeans Network announced the commercial availability of its
cloud-based multi-party video conferencing service. Dubbed "any(ware)
video conferencing," Blue Jeans Network makes video conferencing
accessible to everyone at any time, any place and from practically any
Blue Jeans Network is the first video conferencing service to bridge
together business solutions from Cisco/Tandberg (News - Alert), Polycom, Lifesize and
others, with consumer solutions such as Skype and Google Talk. For the
first time, remote workers, travellers and telecommuters with access to
Skype (News - Alert) and a video-enabled desktop or mobile device, can participate in
video meetings with their colleagues on traditional enterprise video
Video conferencing adoption has historically been plagued by complex,
incompatible and expensive solutions while the alternative, audio
conferencing, has been easy, open and affordable. The numbers prove it.
According to Wainhouse (News - Alert) Research, there were only 200 million video
conferencing services minutes consumed worldwide in 2010 compared to 80
billion minutes for audio conferencing services. By modeling itself
after traditional audio bridging services, and making video as easy,
interoperable and affordable as audio, Blue Jeans Network is expanding
the video conferencing market for all players and tapping into the 80
billion minute audio conferencing market.
"Blue Jeans Network is tearing down the walls that exist in video
conferencing," said Krish Ramakrishnan, Co-founder and Chief Executive
Officer of Blue Jeans Network. "What was once an elite boardroom
technology has moved to the cloud, enabling interoperability and lower
price points. We democratize video conferencing, leveling the plying
field for the entire global workforce."
Blue Jeans Network users each get a private "meeting room" in the Blue
Jeans cloud that they can use to schedule, host, and manage meetings
through an easy web interface. Participants join meetings by simply
dialing a number or clicking on a link. There's no new infrastructure to
buy or software to download. All that is required is an Internet
connection, an existing video-enabled device and people to meet with.
Even those without access to video can still participate in a Blue Jeans
meeting over audio from their phone.
The Blue Jeans service has been in field trials since the beginning of
2011. Since mid-April, when the trials were opened to the public, the
subscriber base has grown through word of mouth. As the service now
moves into commercial release, the Company already claims:
Almost 4,000 subscribers with ~ 500+ companies represented
Approximately 6,000 meetings, spanning 500,000 minutes
Over 15,000 participants in 1,000 cities in 100 countries
Blue Jeans Network customers span a wide range of sizes, industries and
geographies. Current customers include Facebook (News - Alert), Fleming's Prime
Steakhouse and Wine Bar, Partners HealthCare, Heidrick and Struggles,
Internet2 and The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
"Blue Jeans Network helps us do business better," said Tanya Sparkman,
Vice President of Marketing at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar.
"Flemings was one of the first restaurant groups to embrace multi-party
video conferencing between restaurants and it's helped enhance our
guests' private dining events and helped us communicate more efficiently
between restaurants. Thanks to Blue Jeans, Fleming's cooking
demonstrations, virtual wine tastings, and other video events -
including business and social private dining events - can now be
attended via Skype or Google Talk on a laptop, tablet, or smartphone
from practically anywhere."
Given strong worldwide demand for the Blue Jeans service, the company
also announced today a partnership with Deutsche Telekom (News - Alert), one of the
world's leading integrated telecommunications companies. More
information on this partnership will be provided at a later date.
Funded mainly by Accel Partners, New Enterprise Associates, and Norwest
Venture Partners, Blue Jeans Network boasts investors that are also
heavy users of the service. So far, the company has raised $23.5 million.
For more details, including pricing information, please visit www.bluejeans.com
About Blue Jeans Network
At Blue Jeans Network, our mission is to make video communications as
easy and pervasive as audio communications, enabling more effective
collaboration at work, at home, and on the road. Our cloud-based
conferencing service makes this possible by enabling customers to
connect with each other seamlessly any time, anywhere, and from
practically any device. The Blue Jeans Network extends high quality
video communications beyond the traditional boundaries of specialized
conference rooms and into the mainstream, allowing employees throughout
an enterprise to interact more effectively with each other, and with
their customers, partners, suppliers, family, and friends. Blue Jeans
Network is a private company headquartered in Santa Clara, California.
For more information go to www.bluejeans.com
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