Polycom unveils new interoperable solutions with HP and Microsoft
Apr 04, 2012 (Datamonitor via COMTEX) --
Polycom, Inc., a provider of open standards-based unified communications, or UC, has unveiled 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 HP FlexNetwork architecture creates a low latency network optimized for video by combining with the Polycom RealPresence Platform with H.264 High Profile technology. 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 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 organizations 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."
The solutions can be delivered via: HP and Polycom Rich Media Communications solution - Combines Polycom RealPresence video solutions built on the Polycom RealPresence Platform; and HP AppSystem for Microsoft Lync with Polycom RealPresence Video - For environments built on the Microsoft Lync UC platform.
The Polycom RealPresence Platform offers resource allocation and interoperability to drive savings. Polycom solutions use open standards to ensure all the elements in a UC environment can work together. This gives customers the freedom to choose best-of-breed solutions for instant messaging, presence, call control, web conferencing, video collaboration, and mobile video with the assurance they'll not only work together but also with existing systems and new ones, the company said.
"As a large organization with many international partners, we needed to connect our diverse communities with technologies that would help save time and costs," said Steve Grive, director, Information Communications Technology, University of the West of England. "With HP's help, we were able to use Polycom video solutions and Microsoft UC to transform communications across our global network, as well as between students and staff for an enhanced learning experience."
"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."
"Customers are increasingly realizing 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, utilize an open platform, and more rapidly tap into the power of visual collaboration," said Giovanni Mezgec, general manager for Lync at Microsoft Corp.
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