Polycom Introduces Polycom® RealPresence™ Platform, the Most Comprehensive Software Infrastructure for Universal Video Collaboration

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Polycom RealPresence Platform Interoperates with the Broadest Range of Business, Video, Mobile, and Social Networking Applications

Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM), the global leader in standards-based unified communications (UC), today introduced the Polycom® RealPresence™ Platform – the most comprehensive software infrastructure for universal video collaboration. The Polycom RealPresence Platform (formerly referred to as the Polycom UC Intelligent Core™) is the software infrastructure that powers Polycom’s market-leading HD telepresence and video solutions.

The unique open-standards approach of the Polycom RealPresence Platform ensures integration with hundreds of unified communications and social networking applications, such as Microsoft Lync 2010™, IBM Sametime®, and Jive’s social business platform. In addition, the RealPresence Platform integrates with core networking and security infrastructure to deliver secure collaboration with any number of people across heterogeneous networks with up to 50 percent less bandwidth consumption than other solutions. The Polycom RealPresence Platform also provides security, reliability, management, and massive scalability to support video as a cloud-based service to enterprises, SMBs, and consumers.

“Businesses and governments alike are seeking increased productivity and efficiency through the fast adoption of UC solutions that truly unify multi-vendor communications and collaboration environments. Polycom’s platform, through deep integration with our broad partner ecosystem, enables unified communications that span desktop, mobility, and group settings in a way that’s unmatched in the industry,” said Andy Miller, president and CEO, Polycom. “With our open standards-based platform, innovation-rich devices, broad service offerings, and native application interoperability, Polycom is playing an integral role in enabling what promises to be the network effect of video collaboration for hundreds of millions of individuals worldwide.”

“While many know Polycom for their popular end points, increasingly it’s Polycom’s software that is appealing to customers who need help ‘unifying’ all their UC tools – especially as video collaboration extends beyond their firewalls,” said Rich Costello, Senior Research Analyst at IDC. “Together, the Polycom RealPresence Platform and the broad partner ecosystem around it helps CIOs protect their existing investments in UC and prepare them for future technologies and solutions with a high level of assurance that everything will work together.”

Polycom RealPresence Platform Drives Adoption and ROI
Today’s RealPresence Platform announcement is a key component of Polycom’s software strategy to put the “unified” in unified communications (see today’s related release, “Polycom Unveils Software Strategy to Drive Global Adoption of HD Video Collaboration through Open Standards”). Unified communications requires open standards-based software interfaces and integration so that applications, systems, networks, and video-enabled devices from different vendors can seamlessly interoperate. Ease-of-use enabled by interoperability drives adoption as users come to expect face-to-face collaboration for every conversation, training session, interview, product review, employee on-boarding, sales and partner engagement, company meeting, event, and more. Moreover, the increasing mobility of workers is also adding to the growing demand for more scalable video solutions. The Polycom RealPresence Platform delivers enterprise ease of use and carrier-grade reliability and scalability, already supporting up to 25,000 concurrent sessions and 75,000 device registrations – five times more than Polycom’s closest competitor.

"At TBS, Inc., we continually seek to drive innovation to remain ahead of other media outlets competing for the attention of our global audiences," said Dan Darling, CIO, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. "As we move to the future, the Polycom RealPresence Platform will make it possible for us to deliver our mobility goals across devices and disciplines while meeting our interoperability requirements for the full extent of our media, and pre- and post-production systems."

The Polycom RealPresence Platform Components
The functional modules of the RealPresence Platform include:

  •     Universal Video Collaboration – software for multipoint video, voice, and content collaboration that connects multiple protocols, enabling people and content to connect at the highest quality for the lowest cost.
  •     Video Resource Management – software to centrally manage, monitor, and deliver video collaboration across an organisation.
  •     Virtualization – software for managing and distributing calls across collaboration networks with the scalability, redundancy, and resiliency – up to 25,000 concurrent sessions and 75,000 device registrations on up to 64 video servers – needed for global enterprises and cloud deployments.
  •     Universal Access and Security – software that easily and securely connects video participants inside and outside the organisation while optimising for the best collaboration experience, whether delivered within the enterprise, business-to-business, or business-to-consumer.
  •     Video Content Management – software for secure video capture (recording and playback) as well as content management, administration, and delivery of video content.

Integrating with Broad Partner Ecosystem to Deliver a Complete UC Solution
Integral to the completeness of the Polycom RealPresence Platform is integration with partner solutions in the areas of instant messaging/presence, telephony, Web conferencing, video collaboration, mobile, social media, networking, and security. This gives customers the freedom to choose best-of-breed products and be assured they will interoperate. The platform acts as the central hub in a UC environment and works with communications and business applications from hundreds of vendors, including:

  •     IM/Presence and Video Collaboration – Microsoft Lync and IBM Sametime interoperate with the RealPresence Platform so users can launch video collaboration easily and intuitively from within these popular tools. These solutions enable customers to consolidate video, voice, IM/presence, and other collaboration apps on an enterprise communications platform such as Lync or Sametime. Users can easily and seamlessly access all of their collaboration tools through desktop and mobile devices. In addition, with Polycom’s powerful call processing software, users can dial a common extension regardless of which PBX system or device they are calling from. Connectivity is automatically enabled regardless of protocol standard, device, network, or location, providing the IT manager with a breakthrough tool to meet user needs.
  •     Call Control – Solutions from Avaya, BroadSoft, Cisco, IBM, Microsoft Corp., and Siemens, in addition to many other call control platforms, as well as Polycom’s HD voice solutions. The RealPresence Platform delivers seamless dial plan integration, a unique offering in the industry that provides a tremendous benefit to customer efficiency by connecting endpoints from multiple vendors and consolidating multiple dial-in codes into one.
  •     Web conferencing – Solutions from Adobe, AT&T, Cisco WebEx, Citrix, IBM, Intercall and Microsoft.
  •     Mobile – Solutions for tablets from Apple, Motorola, Samsung, HP and others; and Android, iOS, and Windows Phone 7 platforms
  •     Social – Polycom is integrating HD video solutions into popular social business platforms, and today announced a strategic relationship with Jive to integrate Polycom HD video solutions into Jive’s social business platform, enabling face to face video collaboration (see related announcement from today). The joint solution will allow Jive customers to conduct live video chats, including group video calls, as well as record video meetings or messages for archiving, training and ongoing collaboration.

Partnering for Cloud-Based Delivery of “Video as a Service”
Polycom is also partnering with telecommunications providers to deliver video as a service from the cloud. In June 2011, Polycom and 14 global service providers, including Airtel, AT&T, BCS Global, BT, Cable and Wireless Worldwide, Global Crossing, Glowpoint, iFormata Communications, Masergy, Orange Business Services, PCCW Global, Telefonica, Telstra, and Verizon, announced the Open Visual Cloud Consortium™ (OVCC™) organisation. The broadest visual communications exchange of its kind, the OVCC’s mission is to provide high-quality connectivity across service provider networks to make on-demand video collaboration between any number of people, anywhere, using any network system or device, as simple and reliable as a mobile call or text. OVCC members will be the first to establish a global standards-based, multi-vendor, multi-network visual communication exchange, and members plan to support the full spectrum of video systems from mobile to desktop to room systems and immersive telepresence.

With its unprecedented capabilities for universal video collaboration, resource management, virtualisation management, universal access and security, and video content management, the Polycom RealPresence Platform provides comprehensive infrastructure that enables service providers to deliver complete, secure, and highly scalable UC solutions as a managed service on-premises or from the cloud for enterprises, SMBs, and consumers.

Availability
All elements of the Polycom RealPresence Platform are currently available through Polycom’s certified channel partners. For more information on the RealPresence Platform, go to http://www.polycom.com/products/uc_infrastructure/realpresence_platform/index.html
or call 1-800 POLYCOM.

About Polycom
Polycom is the global leader in standards-based unified communications (UC) solutions for telepresence, video, and voice powered by the Polycom RealPresence Platform. The RealPresence Platform interoperates with the broadest range of business, mobile, and social applications and devices. More than 400,000 organizations trust Polycom solutions to collaborate and meet face-to-face from any location for more productive and effective engagement with colleagues, partners, customers, and prospects. Polycom, together with its broad partner ecosystem, provides customers with the best TCO, scalability, and security – on-premises, hosted, or cloud delivered. Visit http://www.polycom.com or connect with Polycom on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 regarding future events, the future demand for and future availability of our products, and the future performance of the Company, including statements regarding Polycom’s role in enabling the network effect and future adoption of video collaboration for hundreds of millions of individuals, the future availability and shipping of our mobile solutions, our future product offerings and their integration within our partner ecosystem and their solutions and the anticipated benefits of and future plans for the Open Visual Cloud Consortium. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially, including the impact of competition on our product sales and for our customers and partners; the impact of increased competition due to consolidation in our industry or competition from companies that are larger or that have greater resources than we do; potential fluctuations in results and future growth rates; risks associated with general economic conditions and external market factors; the market acceptance of Polycom's products and changing market demands, including demands for differing technologies or product and services offerings; possible delays in the development, availability and shipment of new products, increasing costs and differing uses of capital; changes in key personnel that may cause disruption to the business; any disruptive impact to Polycom that may result from the acquisition of HP's Visual Collaboration Business Unit; the impact of restructuring actions; and the impact of global conflicts that may adversely impact our business. Many of these risks and uncertainties are discussed in the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2011, and in other reports filed by Polycom with the SEC. Polycom disclaims any intent or obligations to update these forward-looking statements.

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.

© 2011 Polycom, Inc. All rights reserved. POLYCOM®, the Polycom “Triangles” logo, and the names and marks associated with Polycom’s products are trademarks and/or service marks of Polycom, Inc. and are registered and/or common law marks in the United States and various other countries. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

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