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[October 16, 2012]

Avistar Named a Contender in the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Enterprise Videoconferencing Equipment Report

SAN MATEO, Calif. --(Business Wire)--

Avistar Communications (, a leader in unified visual communications solutions, was named a Contender by IDC (News - Alert) in its latest report, "IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Enterprise Videoconferencing Equipment 2012-2013 Vendor Analysis." (doc #236894, September 2012)

A key point, according to Rich Costello, Senior Research Analyst, IDC Enterprise Communications (News - Alert) Infrastructure, is that "the Avistar C3 Conference™ MCU provides the same level of functionality as hardware-based MCUs, but at one-tenth of the cost. The Avistar MCU is also positioned to address ongoing industry issues around media sharing, data collaboration and video interoperability. Additionally, because the Avistar MCU is software-based, it is being used within virtual and cloud environments."

The recognition follows on strong company performance in the first two quarters of 2012, including revenue growth, new product announcements, and achieving important delivery milestones in the Citrix software integration project.

Avistar's technological innovation is generating growing appreciation for its technology, with positive reports from leading industry analysts, including Forrester and Frost & Sullivan. Avistar received the Unified Communications (News - Alert) Product of the Year Award from TMC for its Avistar C3 IntegratorTM solution, an important enabler to broad adoption of UC within the virtual desktop environment. Avistar also received the Frost & Sullivan Award for New Product Innovation in Desktop Videoconferencing, validating the company's virtualized visual communications solutions as well as its commitment to innovation.

"Leading the contender category within the most recent IDC MarketScape reports reinforces our go-to-market strategy, which includes working with OEMs like Citrix, IBM (News - Alert) and others as we grow our business. It also validates our technology leadership, which is why our solutions are used by Fortune 2000 companies including 3M within manufacturing, BHP Billiton within resource and mining, Deutsche Bank within financial services, and US Federal agencies within the government sector," said Stephen M. Epstein, Chief Marketing Officer of Avistar.

Avistar's all-software based videoconferencing platform is designed to effectively operate within a virtual desktop (VDI) and virtual server environment as well as with telepresence suites, mobile solutions, and leading UC platforms.

Added Epstein, "Our all-software approach, validated by the MarketScape Report, provides our customers with a significant cost advantage. The Avistar C3 Conference™ solution is an excellent example of how much more flexible, scalable and cost effective an all-software solution can be when compared to proprietary hardware-based appliances. Because of this advantage, Avistar is continuing to identify new business and partner opportunities and new technologies to address the rapidly evolving demands of the videoconferencing, unified communication, and virtualization industries as well as adjacent markets."

About IDC MarketScape

IDC MarketScape vendor analysis model is designed to provide an overview of the competitive fitness of ICT (information and communications technology) suppliers in a given market. The research methodology utilizes a rigorous scoring methodology based on both qualitative and quantitative criteria that results in a single graphical illustration of each vendor's position within a given market. IDC MarketScape provides a clear framework in which the product and service offerings, capabilities and strategies, and current and future market success factors of IT and telecommunications vendors can be meaningfully compared. The framework also provides technology buyers with a 360-degree assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of current and prospective vendors.

About Avistar Communications Corporation

Avistar is an innovation leader in the unified visual communications industry, with close to 20 years of experience providing proven business-class personal videoconferencing technology. Avistar's solutions are used across a broad spectrum of industries with deployments ranging in size from 30-35,000 users. Avistar's technology also helps to power solutions from Citrix, IBM, LifeSize (News - Alert), Logitech and many other leading unified communications vendors, while delivering end-user videoconferencing solutions to some of the world's largest corporations, in more than 40 countries. For more information, please visit

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