Polycom to offer video-as-a-service over cloud

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NEW DELHI, INDIA: Unified communications company Polycom Inc. detailed its strategy to enable service providers to offer cloud-delivered, video-as-a-service (VaaS) solutions to its customers.


As part of today’s announcement, Polycom unveiled Polycom RealPresence Cloud, an offering to enable service providers to bring VaaS offerings. In India, Polycom is working with Airtel to deliver the video collaboration solutions.

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The new offering is designed to accelerate the penetration and adoption of Polycom video collaboration solutions among SMBs (small to medium sized businesses) and enterprises who want either a hybrid solution of both premises-based video collaboration solutions and video on demand, or a pure VaaS solution, says the company in a release.


“Polycom RealPresence Cloud is a key component to our vision of making video collaboration ubiquitous. Service providers are critical partners to drive video collaboration growth through VaaS offerings, which will dramatically lower the up-front investment for SMBs and enterprises, enabling them to reap the benefits of video collaboration,” said Andy Miller, President and CEO, Polycom.

RealPresence Cloud solutions encompass a fully managed multipoint video service that supports a multitude of connectivity options between standards-based room, mobile, PC and web-based endpoints, as well as Microsoft Lync 2010, IBM Sametime and endpoints supporting the non-standard TIP protocol, it adds.

This solution leaverages Polycom's RealPresence Network (formerly the Halo/HVEN network acquired from HP in 2011).

The Polycom RealPresence Platform provides an open standards-based foundation for integrating the diverse UC applications and infrastructure in most enterprise environments - from video endpoints to mobile devices to UC communications infrastructure from Microsoft, IBM, BroadSoft, Juniper and Siemens, to name a few.