ConnectSolutions Announces Strategic Acquisition of Xuggle, Bringing Video-Centric Technology to Real-Time Collaboration

Strategic Acquisition Makes Video-Centric Collaboration a Reality

EMERYVILLE, Calif.--()--ConnectSolutions LLC, a leading provider of web collaboration products, today announced the strategic acquisition of Xuggle, a provider of a proprietary and open-source technology used worldwide to enable advanced, real-time audio and video transcoding and manipulation. With the acquisition, ConnectSolutions’ offerings now take full advantage of the latest advancements in web video technology to enable video collaboration that is affordable and does not require expensive investments in new hardware or network upgrades.

ConnectSolutions today also announced the ConnectSolutions Real-Time Collaboration Platform, a one-stop solution for all types of web collaboration, including one-to-one, group and broadcast communication. (See separate press release.) Xuggle’s Media Server, combined with the Real-Time Collaboration Platform, will empower enterprise and government organizations to collaborate anywhere, anytime with a rich but easy-to-use experience.

“The acquisition of Xuggle, and the integration of Xuggle’s real-time audio and video transcoding capabilities, will greatly enhance the value of the ConnectSolutions offering,” explains Ira M. Weinstein, analyst and partner at Wainhouse Research. “The combined offering will make the ConnectSolutions real-time collaboration platform accessible to users on a variety of platforms and devices including any Flash-enabled PC, iPhones and iPads, and standards-based videoconferencing and telepresence systems.”

Xuggle brings patent-pending video technology and open source technology including the Xuggler Java SDK, which is used by organizations such as BBC and Rosetta Stone. The Xuggle community includes over 350 registered developers with more than 15,000 SDK downloads. As part of the agreement, ConnectSolutions will continue its investment in the Xuggle community and integrate the core technology into its products. The Xuggler SDK will continue to be free as the open-source solution for Java developers to manipulate video and audio streams in real time. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed.

“Adding Xuggle’s underlying video manipulation technologies to our real-time web collaboration products furthers our mission of providing video-centric collaboration for one-on-one, team, and large scale collaboration,” said Michael Fitzpatrick, co-founder and CEO, ConnectSolutions. “As a result, our customers – notably those in the Fortune 1000 and government sectors – will experience more innovative features in the upcoming months.”

As part of the integration of the two companies, Art Clarke, CEO and co-founder of Xuggle, joins the ConnectSolutions’ management team as VP of Engineering. “Xuggle’s mission has been to enable developers with an open source platform to freely transcode audio and video in real-time,” says Clarke. “By joining forces with ConnectSolutions, we will be able to bring our revolutionary audio and video technology to market in new and innovative ways through ConnectSolutions’ industry leading applications while continuing our investment in the Xuggle Open Source Community ensuring future growth of the Xuggle platform.”

About ConnectSolutions

ConnectSolutions is a provider of industry-leading real-time collaboration solutions that can scale to tens of thousands of participants. The company’s products are used by leading enterprise and government entities that require secure, video-centric collaboration between users, regardless of geography. ConnectSolutions is based in Emeryville, CA. For more information, visit www.connectsolutions.com.

Contacts

Big Sky Communications, Inc.
Mary Devincenzi, 408-436-3902
mary@bigskypr.com

Release Summary

ConnectSolutions acquired Xuggle, provider of real-time audio, video transcoding and manipulation technology. ConnectSolutions now uses latest web video technology for affordable video collaboration.

Contacts

Big Sky Communications, Inc.
Mary Devincenzi, 408-436-3902
mary@bigskypr.com