The decision about whether to deploy on a private cloud or on-premise storage is important  choosing the wrong enterprise deployment can have a dramatic impact on your entire business. Getting it right for your company starts with knowing the basic strengths and weaknesses of each option, and how they’d fit or not within the goals of the organization. You need to become familiar with the difference between private cloud and on-premise storage right now.  

 What is private cloud storage? 

Cloud storage relies on external servers to store data, connect employees, and generally keep all manner of business operations flowing smoothly. These servers are managed by a thirdparty company which assumes the responsibility of maintaining service, installing new updates and software, and troubleshooting. The private cloud is popular for several clear reasons. 

 Advantages of a private cloud for enterprise meetings and chat solutions 

  • Reduces IT responsibility. The cloud frees up a company’s IT staff by placing the burden of managing the data storage on the third party hired to do so. This allows employees to prioritize other work and avoid admin headaches entirely. 
  • It’s cost-effective. Companies are able to save money by not having to buy, install and maintain expensive equipment to house all the data. The cloud also gives companies added budget flexibility by offering plan options to fit their storage needs. That way you only pay for what you need and are not locked into a payment system that doesn’t make sense. 
  • It’s scalable. Cloud-based storage is built to scale, meaning companies can easily upgrade how much storage they use based on their needs. This gives fastgrowing businesses the ability to quickly scale up (automatically) to handle increased usage and velocity.
  • Regular data backups. The cloud does data backups quickly, ensuring that any temporary tech issue in the office won’t endanger data that’s kept on the cloud.  

What is on-premise storage? 

On-premise storage boasts its own set of distinct capabilities. On-premise utilizes physical infrastructure that stores and manages data at the company’s physical site, which does require investment in the installation and upkeep of the equipment, but it means that you control, literally, where your data is stored. 

You will need dedicated admin staff to operate the equipment and fix it when something goes wrong, or you could create a future with a dozen employees packed inside the server room tugging randomly on wires and staring hopelessly at a user manual.  

Advantages of on-premise for secure enterprise chat and meetings solutions 

  • You control the uptime or downtime. Having on-site servers gives companies an internal network that guarantees service no matter what else is happening in the area. An interrupted internet connection could slow other companies to a standstill, a problem on-premise storage avoids.  
  • Stronger security. Your data is not sitting in server room with a bunch of other servers in a building nowhere near your organization. Cloud storage can be more vulnerable to data breaches, whereas on-premise data is buttressed by superior security protocols. Having the servers on-site means access to them is more restricted, and if there is sensitive data being stored some companies want to control the securityOrganizations and industries overseen by strict data-privacy laws or require governmental regulation often prefer an on-premises deployment.
  • More control over server hardware. Increased access to the servers means the ability to upgrade and modify the server hardware to better fit the company’s needs. A company with a talented and experienced IT team could use this to their advantage by simply responding themselves to any needs they have, ending any reliance on outside tech support.  

 Sometimes the best kind of choice is not having to choose 

The decision on how to store your chat and meetings data can spark some serious debate about what to prioritize. Data security or scalability? Convenience or guaranteed service? Consistent backup of data or persistent control over the hardware? End-to-end encryption or auditability?  

What if the secure enterprise meetings and persistent chat solution you wanted was available on both? Sametime from HCL can be deployed on a secure private cloud or on-premises — wherever it makes sense for the business. It’s simple to install, with a fast deployment.  

 Learn more about HCL Sametime. 

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Digital Solutions | August 26, 2021
Announcing HCL Sametime Meetings’ support for Chrome WebRTC Unified Plan
HCL is pleased to announce the general availability of HCL Sametime 11.6 IF1, our latest interim fix release for Meetings. It is now available for download on FlexNet, HCL’s License & Delivery Portal.  Why is this IF release important to all Sametime v11.X customers using Meetings? Chrome M93 support and a lot of other critical fixes, including UX enhancements, UI improvements and multiple bug fixes to improve your overall Sametime Meetings and Chat experience. For more details, please check out the full fix list published here. Support for Chrome WebRTC Unified Plan:  Google has completely transitioned Chrome's WebRTC implementation from the Plan B SDP format to the Unified Plan, starting with Chrome M93 version. See Google’s announcement here.  What does this mean for Sametime Premium customers using Meetings? Prior to HCL Sametime 11.6 IF1, Chrome browser support (for Meetings) is based on the Plan B SDP format.   By upgrading Sametime to 11.6 IF1, Meetings now uses the WebRTC Unified Plan SDP format.   For information on how this impacts HCL Sametime 11.5 and 11.6 deployments, please read this article. Therefore, HCL strongly encourages all Sametime v11.X customers and business partners using Meetings to upgrade their Sametime Meeting servers to continue to enjoy a great Video Meetings and Chat experience on the latest Chrome browser. The details of how to upgrade your HCL Sametime environments to our latest release can be found here. Ginni Saini, Sametime Product Manager, HCL Software  Disclaimer – HCL’s statements regarding its plans, directions, and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice at HCL’s sole discretion. Information regarding potential future products is intended to outline our general product direction and it should not be relied on in making a purchasing decision. The information mentioned regarding potential future products is not a commitment, promise, or legal obligation to deliver any material, code or functionality. Information about potential future products may not be incorporated into any contract. The development, release, and timing of any future features or functionality described for our products remains at our sole discretion. Performance is based on measurements and projections using...
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Digital Solutions | August 23, 2021
HCL Sametime Meetings’ support for Chrome WebRTC Unified Plan
The HCL Sametime team wants everyone to be aware of the pending Chrome change related to conformance with the WebRTC standard that will impact Sametime Meetings. This change is scheduled to take affect with the M93 update of the Chrome browser, currently targeted for Aug 31, 2021.  We are actively working on putting finishing touches to our next interim release to support the Unified Plan for Sametime Meetings. We plan to release it in the upcoming weeks, after we have finished testing the changes across all supported browsers listed here.  In the meantime, please plan to upgrade your Sametime 11.5 and 11.6 Meetings deployments using our documentation found here.  For information on how this impacts HCL Sametime 11.5 and 11.6 deployments, please read this article.  If you have any questions or need further details, don't hesitate to reach out to our support team!  HCL Sametime Product Team Disclaimer – HCL’s statements regarding its plans, directions, and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice at HCL’s sole discretion. Information regarding potential future products is intended to outline our general product direction and it should not be relied on in making a purchasing decision. The information mentioned regarding potential future products is not a commitment, promise, or legal obligation to deliver any material, code or functionality. Information about potential future products may not be incorporated into any contract. The development, release, and timing of any future features or functionality described for our products remains at our sole discretion. Performance is based on measurements and projections using standard HCL benchmarks in a controlled environment. The actual throughput or performance that any user will experience will vary depending upon many factors, including considerations such as the amount of multi programming in the user’s job stream, the I/O configuration, the storage configuration, and the workload processed. Therefore, no assurance can be given that an individual user will achieve results similar to those stated here.
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Digital Solutions | April 1, 2021
Exciting New HCL Sametime Features Released Today
Today marks a major milestone in our commitment to helping create the digital office our teams need to get work done, be more efficient, and collaborate effectively with colleagues. We are thrilled to announce 6 new features for your favorite meetings and chat solution: New filters in video settings: Animations will make it appear as if you are focusing intently, even if you are checking your phone or surfing the web  Awards show mode: Music will automatically fade in when the meeting goes past the scheduled end time — or attendees can activate it manually to drown out someone who is being dominating and annoying  Picture-in-picture pet mode: A new setting allows for you to have your camera display one window for you, and one window for your pet (who only seems to wander around or bark when you have meetings with management)  Social media security settings: A custom notification will display if you are sharing your screen and distractedly attempt to go over to the browser tab that has Facebook open  New AI integrations: When you suddenly are asked a question in a meeting when you weren’t paying attention, you can summon Siri or Alexa to answer it for you — run through a special Sametime voice-matching filter set up to sound like you  New audio settings: Less embarrassing, pre-set sounds, such as water running or a carn horn honking, will be auto played to drown out toilets flushing or family members yelling in the background.    Happy April Fool’s Day. Of course, this was a joke! But you know what’s no joke? The upcoming global premiere of the newest version of HCL Sametime on June 7. And, the fact that Sametime beats the competition — hands-down. Let us show you how.  
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