The NORDUnet operated Zoom service

Zoom is an easy-to-use high-definition virtual meeting service designed to meet the needs of today’s mobile Student and Educators.

Users can quickly connect to meetings with up to 100 participants and easily share content with a range of integrated tools using PC, Mac, iOS or Android devices. The NORDUnet Zoom partnership provides licensing with educational discounts, tied to the use of NORDUnet provided infrastructure to support the Zoom cloud service. Zoom can be integrated with learning management systems utilising a simple “URL Click to Call” function making it easy for educators to create virtual classrooms that are accessible across a range of devices, including laptops, tablets and smartphones. Because Zoom allows guests to easily join meetings, it is also a game-changing collaboration platform for researchers working with partners across institutions.

The NORDUnet Zoom video and web conferencing service is based on the Zoom on premise solution and supports the available options and features as described further below.

Connecting to the Zoom service:

This is a true cloud service where each organisation subscribing to the service will get its own virtual instance of the service.

Each virtual instance of the service will get its own meeting connector in order to be able to connect SAML and integrate other Zoom services that uses a shared secret. A meeting connector is a virtual host that is set up in the NORDUnet on premise Zoom environment. This is done so that no video traffic or other information will leave the Nordics, except for license validation

There are two deployment models

  • Dedicated - The institutions will be able to manage their instances of Zoom, meaning each institution is responsible for setting up new users, SAML and other integrations etc.
  • Shared – Multiple institutions will share the same virtual instance and generic SAML integration. The Instance will need to be centrally managed by the local NREN. Integration options will be limited.

Features and options

  • High definition videoconferencing and application/desktop sharing.
  • Ultra simple interface and “click to join” meetings.
  • 25 participants meetings.
  • 100 participants large meetings.
  • 1000 participants Webinar.
  • SIP/H323 videoconference dial-in.
  • Voice-only phone dial-in.
  • iOS, Android, Mac and PC clients.
  • Works well at low bandwidth including 3G.
  • Recording to local .mp4.

Other features for organisations with a dedicated instance include:

  • Cloud reporting and APIs.
  • Business IM
  • Zoom rooms
  • Vanity URL for branding and SSO

 

Additional Information

Zoom comes with a long list of integration possibilities, for both LMS systems and media management etc., the full list can be found here… https://zoom.us/integrations

Detailed information about setting up the various integrations is available. https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/categories/200108426-Integration

 

Generic information about the various features and options can be found at the Zoom website

https://zoom.us/

Dedicated information aimed at the education sector https://zoom.us/education

Technical information about the on premise deployment

https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/categories/201146653-On-Premise

To get started there is a wealth of free information, online training and tutorials available

https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/sections/201740096-Training

This includes

Watch Recorded Training Sessions

 

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