SightSpeed 5.0 Launches

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Berkeley, CA based SightSpeed, an IP video and voice services company, is launching its 5.0 product tonight.

While many of the changes are upgrades to its video product suite (including a new video codec) and user interface (which is already good), SightSpeed makes several introductions in this launch. Among them, it’s adding new PSTN out and in-calling features to extend SightSpeed functionality to mobile and regular phones. And it’s leveraging its video expertise to add a new “place-shifted” TV service, which gives users a “Slingbox-like” experience without the hardware. A small remote control icon lets you flip through channels being served up via your TV at home.

With an already highly regarded video product that touts video at 30 fps and ultra low latency, the move to add TV is a natural extension of its technology. Additionally, it could prove to be a savvy competitive move, with Novac’s Skype-based TV product being one of what will be many entrants in the place-shifted space.

In a highly competitive space with a slew of well-funded competitors like Skype – product quality matters. SightSpeed really delivers. Their affordable video conferencing service is stunning. We aren’t alone in our enthusiasm. Read, for example, Davis D. Janowski’s breathless account of SightSpeed’s new feature set at PCMag.

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  • http://www.shawndrewry.com Shawn Drewry

    Ugh huh

  • anon

    “Cloudkick has added the ability for users to migrate their Amazon Machine Images (the template for servers on EC2) on their EC2 servers to another service provider, like Slicehost (which is owned by Amazon Web Services competitor Rackspace).”

    I don’t know the details, but I highly doubt this is as you make it seem. First, EC2 images are more flexible than Slicehost images, Slicehost limiting you to a select few distributions of Linux, so there are going to be incompatibility issues between the two. Second, you can’t really store machine images on Slicehost – technically you can create backups of live instances and build new instances from those, but there isn’t a repository of “templates” to initially create the instances as there is with EC2.

    Also, the Slicehost API is quite minimal at this point, and I don’t see how Cloudkick provides a compelling alternative to the internal management portal Slicehost already provides.

    • http://www.cloudkick.com Alex Polvi

      Hi — Alex here from Cloudkick. You are right, Slicehost is not as flexible as EC2. However, we worked with Rackspace/Slicehost to make this happen … i.e. partnered on this.

      • anon

        I’d be interested in following up on some of the technical details and possibilities. Is there anywhere to grab this information online?

  • http://grack.com/ Matt Mastracci

    Except that Slicehost is only really cheaper for small VMs. Their support is awesome and their domain manager is super-useful (enough for us to keep a VM there, even if we weren’t using it).

    EC2 is a way better deal overall, unfortunately.

    Disclosure: I am a customer of both Slicehost and EC2.

  • Falafulu Fisi

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  • David

    What is the advantage of using this over Elasticfox or Amazon’s own management console?

  • http://www.rackspace.com Bret Piatt

    Disclosure: I work for Rackspace and assisted Cloudkick on this project.

    If you’re only using one product, i.e. AWS, Slicehost, GoGrid, Rackspace, EY, Joyent, etc, etc, etc, then Cloudkick may not be of use over their integrated control panels.

    The value starts when you want to use more than one service to distribute your provider risk or choose the most cost effective provider for a given system role (i.e. Joyent has the best pricing for data transfer, Rackspace has the lowest starting price for $/hr instances, etc).

    Cloudkick enables you to choose the provider you want to have as the underlying infrastructure layer rather than having you locked into the platform you started on over “migration fear”. That leaves the providers to compete on overall value of service quality and price.

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