Why shouldn't you Virtualise OCS for a Proof of Concept? RRS feed

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  • Hi all, I have a sales guy who wants to sell a virtualised OCS PoC for internal IM/Voice/Chat/Video only.  The idea being to move to full UC solution (physical) post PoC.  Out of scope are the mediation/edge server etc.

    My immediate thought was no...but...what are the real issues, from a technical point of view as opposed to emotional?  One other thing we are talking about a small number of users (25) for the PoC?

    Thoughts anyone?
    Wednesday, April 29, 2009 9:56 PM

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  • Make sure that you do not use Audio/Video Conferencing because that requires processing on the MCU of the pool and you will experience bad satisfaction doing that
    As long as you do Point to Point Audio/Video you should be fine!
    Web Conferencing is always via MCU so that will be affected too

    The reason not to virtualise Rich Media Experiences is that even a slight hickup in Audio stream is really anoying and has very bad user perception
    If you can dedicate CPUs to your Pool then it might have a better experience...
    - Belgian Unified Communications Community : http://www.pro-exchange.be -
    Wednesday, April 29, 2009 10:05 PM
  • Thanks for the great answer.

    I have already expressed my concerns about the user experience and perception of the solution.  It is a big risk - as we all know, perception is reality .

    If we go ahead with the idea, the scope of works is going to be fun to write...exclusions, risks...
    Wednesday, April 29, 2009 10:10 PM
  • Yes because a POC is only as good as what the users actually think of it.
    They probably are not aware of virtualization.

    If they have bad experience you won't sell anything else!
    - Belgian Unified Communications Community : http://www.pro-exchange.be -
    Wednesday, April 29, 2009 10:24 PM

  • Virtualization of OCS 2007 R2 deployment on Hyper-V x64 and SVVP is now officially supported. Check out this blog post here for more information.

    Wednesday, May 13, 2009 10:52 PM
  • Thanks for that
    Sunday, May 17, 2009 11:15 PM
  • Well but its only some roles that are supported and any role that handles audio / video is still NOT supported, so deli pros answer does still apply

    Monday, May 18, 2009 1:29 PM