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Vidyo Boosts Series D With Investment From Juniper Networks

Last month, I looked in on the latest doings of the fast-moving videoconferencing start-up Vidyo, and declared that it was “messing up” the business and seemed to be having better luck than its more established rival Polycom.

And while some people called to question that assertion, there’s no question that something interesting is clearly happening at Vidyo. Today it will get only more interesting.

You may remember how, in that previous story, I mentioned that Vidyo had raised a $22.5 million Series D round of funding led by QuestMark Partners, with Menlo Ventures, Rho Ventures, Star Ventures and Four Rivers Group all participating. Vidyo left that round open and now Juniper has joined it though the precise amount is not being disclosed.

Today, Vidyo says its total capital raised has reached about $97 million, and that Juniper Networks is making a strategic investment by way of its Junos Innovation Fund. While Vidyo isn’t exactly saying what the terms of the investment are, it’s pretty easy to do the math. (Earlier I had portrayed this as a $97 million Series D. Clearly I got a little confused. Sorry about that.)

The investment round will basically help Vidyo boost its go-to-market activities, but it will also give Juniper a big benefit by allowing Vidyo to integrate its videoconferencing products with Juniper’s numerous offerings. That will likely give it some new competitive plays against rival Cisco Systems, which has considerable video offerings. We’ll see how that turns out.

Video Conferencing Seen as Important and Growing Sector

Hackensack, NJ – May 22, 2012 – Vidyo, Inc., the world’s fastest-growing video conferencing company, today announced that Juniper Networks, the industry leader in network innovation, is joining as a strategic investor through its Junos® Innovation Fund, alongside lead investor QuestMark Partners and other existing investors Menlo Ventures, Rho Ventures, Star Ventures, and Four Rivers Group. Though terms of the investment were not disclosed, Vidyo has raised $97M to date to accelerate its growth. The investment from Juniper Networks enables Vidyo to increase its go-to-market activities and integrate its video conferencing products with Juniper’s numerous offerings.

According to numerous analysts, Vidyo is disrupting innovation in the video communications and collaboration market, driving the industry forward with its paradigm-shifting platform. Vidyo delivers telepresence-quality conferencing to more than 1850 enterprise, healthcare, education, and government customers. Juniper Networks is leading the charge to architecting the new network based on a unique single architecture and single operating system, Junos®, that ensures performance, reliability and security without compromise and at the scale customers demand.

“As the use of video in the enterprise and on end devices continues to expand, our customers are seeking new ways to improve video delivery,” said Jeff Lipton, vice president, Venture and Strategic Investments, Juniper Networks. “Vidyo is an emerging player that is driving innovation in software-based videoconferencing, and we believe its leading technology will improve the experience and economics of video communications alongside advances in networking technologies.”

“Juniper Networks’ strategic investment in Vidyo is a solid endorsement of our vision and a recognition of how rapidly the videoconferencing market is expected to grow in the near future; Infonetics Research states the market will reach a cumulative $22 billion over the next 5 years,” said Ofer Shapiro, Vidyo’s co-founder and CEO. “We see Juniper as a kindred spirit, itself a pioneer in its industry, having revolutionized networking for over 16 years. Their investment validates the approach we have taken to successfully create new video conferencing markets and deliver superior value, accessibility and scalability to our customers and partners. We are extremely honored that such a world-renowned leader recognizes the unique strengths and proven abilities of Vidyo that are driving the video communications industry forward.”

The Vidyo Difference

The Vidyo communication and collaboration platform is software-based, highly flexible and can be easily customized for individual enterprise and vertical market video conferencing needs. The patented VidyoRouter™ architecture introduces Adaptive Video Layering™, which dynamically optimizes the video for each endpoint leveraging H.264 Scalable Video Coding (SVC)-based compression technology and Vidyo’s IP. Adaptive Video Layering eliminates the MCU and offers unprecedented error resiliency, low latency rate matching thus enabling natural, affordable, high-quality video to work over the Internet, LTE and 4G networks. The platform allows users to quickly leverage the latest hardware innovations, new consumer devices and partner applications that utilize Vidyo’s APIs, such as the recently announced partnership with Philips and AMD in the Healthcare industry. Vidyo has been active driving H.264 SVC and SIP videoconferencing interoperability in various standards bodies since 2005.

About Vidyo, Inc.
Vidyo, Inc. pioneered Personal Telepresence enabling natural, HD multi-point videoconferences on tablets, smart phones, PCs and Macs, room systems, gateways, telepresence solutions and affordable cloud-based broadcast solutions. Headquartered in the US, with 12 additional international offices, the company has more than 225 employees and has to date raised $97M. Learn more at www.vidyo.com, on the Blog or follow @vidyo on Twitter.


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