[AG-L] Video Collaboration futures - EVO and Access Grid
rob.cook at qcif.edu.au
Mon Jun 25 02:31:36 UTC 2012
Dear EVO and Access Grid users
Many thanks for your continuing support and use of the EVO and Access Grid video-collaboration services. After 30th June these services are no longer funded through Commonwealth programs. QCIF, as the national provider of EVO and provider of support services for Access Grid, is providing a pathway that will allow users to continue to benefit from video-collaboration at a reasonable cost. Services available for the immediate future are:
* QCIF will continue the current EVO service until 31st October this year free of charge;
* QCIF will provide SeeVogh, an improved EVO service, as a trial free service from 1 August 2012 to 30th June 2013;
* AARNet plan to provide a personal video conferencing service in their future AARNet Anywhere product;
* From 1st July QCIF and UQ will continue the Access Grid service indefinitely at a lower level of technical support.
All QCIF services will be available to all Australian research and education users and will be free of charge until further notice.
The EVO service will be discontinued from 1st November and we recommend that existing users transition to SeeVogh before that date. SeeVogh has been adopted by Internet2 in the US and is becoming a mainstream service for the research sector.
As you may have heard Access Grid is no longer supported by Argonne National Labs. However there is very active community support worldwide including several Australasian institutions. Also Chris Willing at the University of Queensland will continue to maintain the APAG Venue Server and Unicast Bridge for the Australian community.
More information will be posted on the QCIF website shortly or contact Jason Bell (<mailto:j.bell at qcif.edu.au>j.bell at qcif.edu.au<mailto:j.bell at qcif.edu.au>) for more details of the QCIF video-collabration services. And continue to enjoy EVO and Access Grid.
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