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Logitech Forms Partnership to Bring HD Video Communications to Virtual Desktops

October 07, 2010

Logitech, a dealer in products that connect people to the digital experiences, formed a strategic partnership with Avistar, Citrix and HP to bring high-definition video communications to virtual desktops.

The collaboration was announced at Citrix Synergy Berlin, where Logitech is also showcasing its Logitech B990 HD webcam. The cam, which runs on h264 technology for onboard encoding, is compatible with Avistar C3 Integrator desktop videoconferencing application. It removes the hardship of video processing from thin clients and enables HD 720p video conferencing in session-based and VDI desktops.

Both Avistar and Logitech are working to help companies deploy HD videoconferencing on low-capacity terminals with the task of video encoding to be done by Logitech B990 HD webcam and decoding is done by Avistar C3 Integrator app so that the resources of the thin client are not wasted on just the video. The combined solution helps support thin client terminals such as the HP t5740 Thin Client and other platforms and desktop virtualization solutions such as Citrix XenDesktop. In addition, the Logitech B990 HD Webcam delivers plug-and-play, enterprise-class reliability, 720p HD video calling, and dual-microphone stereo audio.

Citrix said desktop virtualization is being widely adopted by all sizes of organizations as a way to enable virtual workstyles for users and increase business agility for IT. Citrix HDX technology ensures users receive the best-possible experience of their virtual desktops, and through relationships with key partners Avistar and Logitech, their combined technologies help ensure a high-definition experience of video communications for Citrix XenDesktop users.

Officials with Avistar commented that they are continuing to see thin clients shrink in both size and capacity, but by teaming up with Logitech, are able to give enterprises the highest-quality desktop video-conferencing experience regardless of their virtualization infrastructure.

Eric Kintz, vice president and general manager of Logitech’s video business, added that as part of their promise to bring seamless HD video communications to anyone – consumers and businesses – on any screen, they recognized that in the enterprise market, the final untapped frontier is the thin client. Logitech welcomes the opportunity to work closely with Avistar, Citrix and HP to enable HD video calling on a virtual desktop.

Nathesh is a contributing editor for unified communications. To read more of Nathesh's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Tammy Wolf

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