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October 08, 2012

Enhanced Polycom RealPresence Platform Optimizes Video Collaboration

By Shamila Janakiraman
TMCnet Contributor

Polycom (News - Alert), a specialist in open standards-based unified communications (UC), announced new enhancements to the Polycom RealPresence Platform optimizing it for video collaboration from private, public, and hybrid clouds.

Also, the RealPresence Platform will become more universally accessible by ensuring multi-vendor interoperability after the enhancements are made. It will eliminate barriers to access, and deliver a cost effective solution for enterprises to video-enable their organizations. It will also help service providers extend from Video-as-a-Service (VaaS) to expanded Video Collaboration-as-a-Service (VCaaS) offerings via Polycom-powered clouds.

 “At Polycom, we continue to bolster our RealPresence Platform software infrastructure with interoperability enhancements designed to ensure customers are future-proofed and able to quickly leverage trends such as BYOD, mobile computing, and social networking that offer new opportunities to extend enterprise-grade video conferencing to the masses,” said Sudhakar Ramakrishna, president of Products and Services, Polycom.

Polycom released an open standards-based Scalable Video Coding (SVC) protocol that is capable of augmenting the capacity for HD multipoint video calls to ensure greater scalability, and reduction in TCO, besides offering backwards- and forwards-compatibility.

Officials announced the release of Polycom RealPresence Collaboration Server 800s, Virtual Edition, an optimum multi-protocol, integrated software MCU that can run on industry-standard servers.

To further enhance its offering, Polycom also introduced RealPresence CloudAXIS Suite which is an extension of the RealPresence Platform. Customers will be able to reliably extend enterprise-grade video collaboration to users of Skype, Facebook, Google (News - Alert) Talk, and business video and UC applications using a browser for B2B and B2C video conferencing.  

Polycom strives to deliver open standards-based interoperability and backwards- and forwards-compatibility for protecting customers’ investments and to eliminate roadblocks that are encountered in the ubiquitous adoption of video collaboration.

“With today’s announcements, Polycom is delivering several industry firsts, such as the first open standards-based SVC implementation, which boosts multipoint capacity by 3X and works with other popular standards so that customers don’t need to rip and replace their current investments or buy expensive gateways required by competitive SVC offerings,” added Ramakrishna.

Recently, Polycom announced that it is offering a royalty-free license for an interoperable implementation of H.264 Scalable Video Coding, or SVC, software technology. This will minimize the investment required to efficiently distribute video across networks and devices, said officials.

Edited by Brooke Neuman


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