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October 02, 2006

Polycom to Support IPv6 Networks

By Johanne Torres, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Polycom announced on Monday that it will now provide support for IPv6 on the company’s video communications systems and network infrastructure products, including video endpoints, multipoint control unit (MCUs), management products, and an IPv4 to IPv6 Application Layer Gateway (News - Alert) (ALG). The support will be available by mid-2007.

“The growth of IP-based communications and the broadening adoption of video conferencing into applications such as personal desktop video is creating the need to support the next generation Internet infrastructure,” said Polycom’s (News - Alert) senior vice president and general manager of network systems Joe Sigrist in a statement. “Polycom’s native IPv6 support and ALG solution will enable a natural transition to the next generation network, providing customers with an effective way to migrate to IPv6 without abandoning their investment in IPv4 network components or video conferencing systems.”

The Polycom IPv6 ALG system will provide migration and support between IPv4 and IPv6 networks and its components, including the company’s MGC and VSX suite of products. The IPv4 -IPv6 ALG are also able to convert the media and control messages between the two standards, allowing its conferencing components to carry direct communication. The system will also be applicable for H.323 and SIP.

Today’s news follows Polycom’s announcement about it achieving U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) PBX1 certification for Polycom IP Phones with the Sphere Communications (News - Alert) Sphericall IP PBX (News - Alert).

Polycom’s suite of SoundPoint IP desktop phones are software upgradeable and support a combination of hard and soft keys with a large graphical display, making it easier for users to transition to a VoIP environment. Sphericall IP PBX is an open, software-based system that runs on multi-vendor networks and scales to 30,000 ports per system.

Polycom, Inc.

What’s the number one VoIP conference in terms of attendance? What’s the leading VoIP expo for exhibitors in terms of lead generation? And which VoIP industry event will feature special attractions for service providers, resellers, and the enterprise and SMB market as well as an overview on the Future of IP Telephony? Answer: INTERNET TELEPHONY Conference & Expo, WEST, which runs October 10-13, 2006. See you in San Diego!


Johanne Torres is contributing editor for TMCnet and INTERNET TELEPHONY magazine. To see more articles by Johanne Torres, please visit her columnist page.


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