Intel's Unite collaboration service comes to the cloud

Intel announced its Unite Cloud Service this week, promising to offer more choice with its existing Unite platform. The idea is to make meetings more productive, with Intel citing 71% of senior managers saying that meetings are "unproductive and inefficient".

The cloud service works mostly the same as the on-prem collaboration service, but it's in the cloud. You can still use it to share content and files wirelessly and securely in a meeting room, and it supports remote users and guests.

"Intel Unite is in a unique position to unify the collaboration experience for businesses, by providing a common, easy user experience in every collaboration space," said Jason Goecke, Intel vice president and general manager of Intel Unite, Intel Client Computing Group. "The new Intel Unite Cloud Service makes our collaboration vision accessible to organizations of all sizes to have flexibility, convenience and choice when deploying the Intel Unite solution, whether that is in the cloud or on premise."

The big difference about a cloud solution is that it's easier for IT teams to manage. They won't have to manage a PIN server anymore; instead, that functionality happens in the cloud. That means lower costs and less overhead.

Intel Unite is built on the company's vPro platform, which means that it has "built-in security, stability and manageability features". It works with all of the big meeting room solutions, such as Skype for Business, Cisco WebEx, and Zoom. The service will be available on June 12.

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