Polycom debuts new UC solutions

Software combines Polycom RealPresence, HP Networking technology, Microsoft Lync

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Polycom debuts new UC solutions Polycom has announced two new interoperable solutions with HP and Microsoft that combine Polycom RealPresence video solutions, HP Networking technology and services, and Microsoft Lync.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  March 27, 2012

Polycom has announced two new interoperable solutions with HP and Microsoft that combine Polycom RealPresence video solutions, HP Networking technology and services, and Microsoft Lync with joint reference architectures.

The two solutions are designed to make it easier to deliver, scale, and manage UC environments that keep employees connected via video, voice, and other communications apps from anywhere.

The solutions bring together elements of UC and video collaboration, from the networking and UC platform to high-quality video infrastructure and systems, enabling businesses to reduce total cost of ownership and allowing end users to participate in face-to-face meetings anytime, across any environment.

"Customers are increasingly realising the benefits of virtual meetings. Polycom and HP are delivering rich communication and productivity-enhanced video and UC solutions that help customers avoid expensive upgrades and enable functionality. Customers can now further reduce complexity and costs, utilise an open platform, and more rapidly tap into the power of visual collaboration," said Giovanni Mezgec, general manager for Lync at Microsoft Corp.

The solutions are designed to reduce the time and resources required to create and maintain an end-to-end UC and video collaboration environment.

By leveraging open-standards to ensure interoperability, the solutions are designed to work with existing infrastructure, reduce complexity, and simplify migration of existing systems and endpoints to the new enterprise solution.

"Video in multiple forms is driving network traffic growth as clients increasingly use video on laptops, smartphones, and tablets in addition to room-based videoconferencing," said Mike Banic, vice president of global marketing, Networking, HP. "The joint Rich Media Communications solution from HP, Polycom, and Microsoft provide clients a scalable, open architecture for easy deployment and simplify management across the UC environment, lowering their total cost of ownership."  

The HP FlexNetwork architecture creates a low latency, high-performing network optimized for video by combining with the Polycom RealPresence Platform with H.264 High Profile technology that uses up to 50% less bandwidth than competitive solutions. When coupled with Polycom Constant Clarity, with patented Polycom Lost Packet Recovery technologies to protect video and voice performance despite bandwidth disruptions, the solutions deliver a truly HD video experience despite fluctuations in bandwidth.

"Together with HP and Microsoft, Polycom is delivering interoperable solutions that are greater than the sum of their parts: they combine best-of-breed video collaboration capabilities and tested interoperability from three industry leaders to make it easier to deliver, scale, and manage all the disparate applications and components of unified communications," said Sue Hayden, executive vice president, Strategic Alliances, Polycom. "We're hearing from organisations around the world that video collaboration is a mission critical part of how they run their businesses. Whether it is speeding time-to-market for a manufacturing company, consulting with a specialist over telemedicine, or supporting distance learning, our compelling solutions are changing how people collaborate and work."

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