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February 8, 2010

Polycom expands video integration for Microsoft unified communications environments

To deploy, managed and use telepresence HD video conferencing and desktop video collaboration within Microsoft UC environments

By CBR Staff Writer

Polycom has expanded its integrated visual communication offerings for Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 and Microsoft Exchange with capabilities that enable organisations to deploy, manage and use Polycom telepresence, high-definition (HD) video conferencing and desktop video collaboration within Microsoft unified communications (UC) environments.

The company said that the new offering enables users to incorporate telepresence, unified voice/video conferences and desktop video collaboration into meetings and enable invited participants to join with a single click of the mouse. In addition, users can record video meetings and can create HD video content such as training materials, company announcements, customer support videos, etc. by leveraging the Polycom video endpoints as recording capture stations.

The Polycom infrastructure platform supports unified voice and video conferences allowing people to join video-enabled meetings by phone. The meeting invitation can also include dial-in information for participants outside of the company, including necessary gatekeeper codes, simplifying inter-company visual collaboration.

According to Polycom, the new developments in the integrated offering for Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 include, scalability of Polycom Distributed Media Application (DMA) to Microsoft environments; HDX endpoint provisioning that allows administrators to provision and manage a network of Polycom HDX systems in Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 environments.

The enhancements to the HDX user interface allow presence-enabled contacts, including contact groups, to be shared between Polycom HDX endpoints and Microsoft Office Communicator clients (in companion mode). The HDX systems support SRTP, providing system-wide security including authentication, signaling and media encryption, the company said.

In addition, the Polycom HDX and RMX systems will support interactive connectivity establishment (ICE), a standardised NAT/Firewall traversal method for SIP clients, flexibility for SOHO workers working to be able to communicate with teammates inside the corporate network, or for companies with federated office communications servers to enable inter-company communications.

Joe Sigrist, senior vice president and general manager of video offerings at Polycom,said: Polycom is accelerating efforts with Polycom Open Collaboration Polycom Open Collaboration Network (POCN) Networkpartners like Microsoft to deliver integrated unified communications and collaboration solutions that provide open interoperability, flexibility and investment protection.

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