Polycom(R) RealPresence(TM) Ready and New Cloud Offerings Powered by Polycom UC Software Make Business-Grade Video More Flexible and Affordable Than Ever for SMBs
PLEASANTON, CA, Jul 18, 2011 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) --
Polycom, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLCM), a global leader in unified
communications (UC), today announced new video offerings designed for
small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) that make it easier than
ever to purchase, install, and operate high-quality, business-grade
video collaboration solutions from Polycom. Today, Polycom introduced
Polycom(R) RealPresence(TM) Ready, its new comprehensive open video
collaboration solution optimized for SMBs that delivers the highest
quality video collaboration at the lowest total cost of ownership
(TCO). Polycom is also introducing with its partners new cloud-based
offerings powered by the Polycom(R) UC Intelligent Core(TM) software
platform to deliver affordable and secure video solutions on demand.
Tailored for the tighter budgets and leaner staffs of emerging
companies, these cost-effective solutions are integral to Polycom's
strategy to offer SMBs a fast on-ramp to the benefits of video
collaboration and a flexible expansion path in line with their
"Polycom has built a strong business in the SMB market over many
years with tens of thousands of customers across many industries that
choose Polycom for our commitment to interoperability, highest
quality and lowest TCO," said Susan Hayden, executive vice president,
Polycom. "As the demand for affordable and easy-to-use video
solutions continues to grow, we're doubling down on our SMB
initiatives and accelerating the pace at which we'll bring innovative
software solutions to market -- delivered on premises or from the
cloud to any end point: room systems, desktops and mobile, while
ensuring the best video experience at the most compelling price
point. When customers choose Polycom open solutions, they can be
assured that all their communications systems will work together
seamlessly today and as their businesses grow."
Polycom Video Solutions: The Best Choice for SMBs
RealPresence Ready is a comprehensive video solution for SMBs that
delivers business-grade performance in terms of quality, reliability,
security, and scalability at an affordable price and with the
ease-of-use that growing businesses need. Demonstrating Polycom's
commitment to assuring interoperability with open standards-based
solutions, RealPresence Ready is fully backward and forward
compatible with any communications system customers have today or may
purchase in the future.
-- Comprehensive and easy to use. Makes it easy to purchase, deploy and
manage business-grade video with a complete system that includes two
Polycom HDX(R) 6000 room systems, one Polycom HDX(R) 7000
system, and five Polycom Telepresence m100 software licenses.
-- Business-grade quality, security, reliablity. Delivers high-quality,
reliable and secure conversations with Polycom UltimateHD(TM)
technology and patented innovations that ensure great experiences even
in congested networking environments. Polycom video is the highest
quality available with the lowest consumption of network resources --
using H.264 coding and compression technology that delivers life-like
video experiences while consuming up to 50 percent less network
bandwidth than alternative products.
-- Cost-effective for the lowest TCO. Combining a competitive entry-level
price with the lowest total cost of ownership, Polycom RealPresence
Ready can be financed for less than the cost of one business trip per
month. Polycom solutions are modular so that SMB customers can add
innovative components such as Polycom(R) Eagle Eye Director,
Polycom telepresence m500 for tablets, and Polycom VVX(R) 1500
business video phone down the road -- bringing the full Polycom video
experience to SMBs as they expand. To assure interoperability with
other systems and products that SMBs may have in place, Polycom
systems are based on open standards and provide native integration
with industry-leading partners and products, including Microsoft Lync.
With Polycom, SMBs can interoperate with the broadest range of video
collaboration systems, and be assured of a cost-effective growth path.
"There's something about seeing the person you're working with that a
voice alone can't provide," said Gene Crosby, chief operating officer
at Jackson Spalding, an Atlanta, Georgia-based firm of 80 creative
professionals who develop advertising, media, and public relations
campaigns. "We need to be able to communicate face-to-face,
internally and with our clients, even if we aren't in the same place.
When looking for affordable, high-quality and secure video
conferencing capabilities, we needed to weigh the investment
carefully. Choosing Polycom telepresence solutions was easily the
smartest purchase we made last year, and we've seen amazing results.
Polycom improves our productivity and the work we do, and our
employees and clients feel much more engaged."
Polycom's Go-To-Market Ecosystem Expanding to Meet Growing Demand
Polycom's SMB customer base is growing from virtually
every corner of the SMB market, across a wide variety of industries
including financial services, manufacturing, professional services,
education, retail, non-profit, and media and entertainment. Polycom
continues to aggressively build out its successful telesales program
to reach more SMB customers and to simplify the purchasing and
deployment of video communications systems through VARs and service
providers. Polycom's partner ecosystem and open collaboration network
include thousands of partners and resellers with deep expertise in
meeting the unique needs of SMBs around the world, offering
flexibility and choice in products and services that customers can be
assured will interoperate.
Polycom also works with companies such as Regus to enable travelers
and businesses of all sizes to reserve Polycom-equipped video
conferencing rooms. This service is especially helpful for SMBs with
mobile employees or offices that do not have dedicated video
conferencing space and limited IT resources, providing yet another
affordable deployment option for SMBs.
Cloud Solutions from the Polycom Ecosystem
Launching this week, a
new cloud-based "Virtual Room" service from 8x8, Inc., enabled by the
Polycom UC Intelligent Core software platform, will include Polycom
HDX video solutions and Polycom VVX business media phones. 8x8's
"Virtual Room" service allows users to join meetings via video and
audio devices as well as web telephony and smart mobile phone
Another new offering from Polycom's ecosystem is BroadSoft's
BroadCloud(TM) Video service, a cloud-based, hosted infrastructure
that integrates with existing service provider offerings and Polycom
UC solutions to create more video conferencing service-option
packages for SMBs to choose from. Additional Polycom service provider
partners plan to announce cloud-based video solutions in the coming
Polycom, in concert with the Open Visual Collaboration Network, is
also working with many partners and service providers to offer
cloud-based video conferencing services to companies of all sizes
with a common vision to make video collaboration between people and
devices as simple and reliable as making a phone call -- regardless
of network, provider, end-point or technology.
Polycom UC Solutions
Polycom UC solutions bring people face-to-face,
creating a highly collaborative environment that significantly
improves learning, retention, and engagement as well as overall
productivity and efficiency. Polycom helps companies of all sizes, in
all industries, become high-performance workplaces where people
collaborate on-demand between any location, over any network, with
their device of choice to enable UC Everywhere(TM) by Polycom.
Polycom UC offerings include HD voice and video solutions for
personal, mobile, group, and immersive telepresence experiences --
using up to half the video bandwidth required by other solutions. The
UC Intelligent Core technology is the only platform that connects up
to 75,000 devices and enables 25,000 simultaneous calls with 100
percent auto-failover, providing the best-in-class user experience.
With a broad ecosystem of strategic partners, Polycom provides the
most comprehensive, reliable, and scalable collaboration platform for
managing and delivering UC solutions to employees, partners and
suppliers -- on premises or from the cloud.
RealPresence Ready is available today in North America with prices
starting at US$17,999 and service options starting at $2,385. For
more information, call 1-800 POLYCOM (765-9266).
Polycom, Inc. is a global leader in unified
communications solutions with industry-leading telepresence, video,
voice, and infrastructure solutions built on open standards. Polycom
powers smarter conversations, transforming lives and businesses
worldwide. Please visit www.polycom.com for more information or
connect with Polycom on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
NOTE: The product plans, specifications, and descriptions herein are
provided for information only and subject to change without notice,
and are provided without warranty of any kind, express or implied.
Polycom reserves the right to modify future product plans at any
time. Products and related specifications referenced herein are not
guaranteed and will be delivered on a when and if available basis.
Copyright 2011 Polycom, Inc. All rights reserved. POLYCOM(R), the
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SOURCE: Polycom, Inc.
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