named “Hot Vendor” by Aragon Research

Agora Logo (PRNewsFoto/Agora, Inc.) (PRNewsFoto/Agora, Inc.) has been named a Hot Vendor for Unified Communications and Collaboration Platform as a Service by Aragon Research, a high-tech research and advisory firm based in Silicon Valley, which delivers high impact thought leadership, interactive research and advisory services that help enterprises make better technology and strategy decisions.

The report, Hot Vendors in Unified Communications and Collaboration Platform as a Service 2016, by Jim Lundy, Aragon Research Founder, CEO and former Gartner Distinguished Analyst, selected three new communications PaaS providers that allow today’s mobile and web developers to build and deploy new bleeding-edge contextual collaboration apps (see announcement).

 “The need for digital businesses to accelerate collaboration with their customers is driving explosive growth for Communications Platform as a Service. Mobile Collaboration apps are making it easier for people to interact with customers, colleagues and partners on any device, without barriers. is an Aragon Research Hot Vendor for UCC-PaaS in 2016 due to their ability to deliver quality of experience for HD Voice and Video Communications on a global scale leveraging their back-end network and mobile optimizations.”

Jim Lundy, Founder, CEO and Lead Analyst, Aragon Research

As readers of this blog know, is totally focused on delivering the best cloud platform for global video and voice over the Internet in a way that truly tackles the quality challenges of today’s global and mobile world. So we are pleased and honored to be recognized for this by Aragon Research. Our investments to ensure quality of experience for all apps include a global virtual network spanning over 80 data centers that routes around Internet bottlenecks, together with a cross-platform video chat SDK optimized for different mobile devices and the challenges of the “mobile last mile”.

Aragon highlighted that the growing worldwide experience of easy click-to-video in consumer apps will now cause an explosion of video-enabled business applications. They emphasized that application providers are looking for flexibility and the ability to tightly embed real-time communications into their applications, both for consumers and businesses. This is all good news for and directly matches our experience of working with global customers!

Disruptive Cloud Economics

The Communications Platform as a Service (CPaaS) approach also introduces a disruptive cloud economic model for integrating video and voice into the next generation of applications. Application developers simply use our cross-platform SDK and everything else is taken care of behind-the-scenes in our cloud with nothing else to deploy. There is no up-front licensing, capital expense or long-term commitments and we provide free access for developers to SDKs and global communications services. Pricing is a very simple pay-as-you-go model with 1 million global voice minutes costing only $990 and 1 million global video minutes costing only $3,990. This dramatically lowers the cost basis for real-time communications by an order of magnitude compared with traditional communications product/service licensing models.

So we are ready to help you build innovative new applications where integrated video and voice communications is made easy through our global communications platform.

Next Steps

Developers can sign up for free to download SDKs and documentation. Still researching? Please watch our introduction video below and take a look at our Infographic and architecture blogs, and product information. Please contact us for a discussion on your real-time communication needs.