Polycom, Inc. has announced breakthrough solutions that are designed to transform the industry, accelerate mass adoption of video collaboration, and fuel new growth opportunities for the company in both existing and new markets. Polycom expects the market to grow to nearly $12 billion in 2015, at a 16% CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate).
Industry First: Polycom® RealPresence® CloudAXIS™ Suite, a new extension to Polycom® RealPresence® Platform, lets customers extend enterprise-grade video collaboration to users of Skype®, Facebook®, Google Talk™, and other business video applications via a browser, for B2B and B2C video conferencing with the highest quality, reliability and security
Powerful RealPresence Platform enhancements include industry’s first open standards-based SVC, providing 3X HD multipoint video capacity for greater scalability and dramatically lower TCO, superior performance, and backwards- and forwards-compatibility for investment protection—all available through a software update
The new Polycom user experience (Polycom UX™) delivers the industry’s best user experience with more than 20 new user innovations and features, including a completely redesigned UI and the industry’s most lifelike HD image quality (up to 1080p60 resolution), patent-pending Polycom® SmartPairing™ technology, and innovative only-from-Polycom video, content sharing, and audio features, all while minimising IT management and support requirements
Polycom® RealPresence® Collaboration Server 800s, Virtual Edition, is the industry’s first multi-protocol, integrated software MCU that runs on industry-standard servers
Superior user experiences offered on next-generation video endpoints including new Polycom® RealPresence® Group Series products, new ultra-slim Polycom® RealPresence® VisualEdge™ Executive Desktop offering, and Polycom RealPresence software for PCs and mobile devices
New portfolio of mid-market solutions make feature-rich video collaboration more affordable, and easier to use and manage
Today’s announcements are the culmination of over two years of R&D efforts focused on augmenting Polycom’s portfolio and removing the impediments to video adoption by making video collaboration easier to use and manage, universally accessible, more scalable at a lower cost, more affordable for small to medium-size enterprises, more interoperable, and more sleek and powerful for business users on their desktop.
“Our passion at Polycom is to make video collaboration simple to use and available to everyone. Today, we are introducing breakthrough solutions that we believe take ease of use and universal access to exciting new levels, while extending and protecting investments customers have made in Polycom’s interoperable, open standards-based platform and solutions,” said Andy Miller, CEO, Polycom. “We believe this launch of next-generation video solutions will set a new industry standard for best user experience for both end users and IT administrators, and will also provide a seamless and extensible path for customers to fully video-enable their organisations. We also believe these new solutions will significantly expand our addressable market opportunity and accelerate growth for Polycom and our partners, within our installed base, and from new market opportunities within small-to-medium enterprises, and through new OEM distribution models.”
“A number of impediments have hampered the mass adoption of video conferencing including too many closed video ‘islands’ and the limited scalability of traditional video solutions,” said Ira M. Weinstein, senior analyst and partner, Wainhouse Research. “With this set of announcements, Polycom is tackling these adoption barriers head-on by making video conferencing easier to deploy, easier to use, and easier to scale without forcing forklift upgrades. This is the type of innovation and vision that made Polycom an early market leader in video collaboration. Make no mistake — we are seeing Polycom 2.0.”
Polycom’s innovative new portfolio of offerings includes:
Polycom® RealPresence® CloudAXIS™ Suite – Universal Access to Enterprise-Grade Video Collaboration
In a move that is intended to provide universal access to enterprise-grade video collaboration to hundreds of millions of people, Polycom unveiled RealPresence CloudAXIS Suite, which lets Polycom customers extend enterprise-grade video collaboration to users of Skype, Facebook, Google Talk, and other business video applications via a browser. RealPresence CloudAXIS is a suite of software that runs on the Polycom RealPresence Platform in private enterprise clouds or public cloud deployments (available in both an enterprise and partner/service provider edition), and securely extends enterprise-grade video and content collaboration outside the firewall to any business (B2B) and consumer (B2C) via a browser to enable truly ubiquitous video collaboration at the highest quality, reliability and security. RealPresence CloudAXIS Suite is ideal for Polycom partners and service providers to expand from offering Video-as-a-Service (VaaS) to Video Collaboration-as-a-Service (VCaaS) – adding applications such as recording and streaming, web conferencing, and collaboration tools such as digital whiteboards—thus creating greater customer value and new revenue streams.
Polycom RealPresence Platform Delivers 3X HD Video Capacity via Open Standards-Based SVC, and removed ‘industry’ First Multi-Protocol, Integrated Software MCU for Industry-Standard Servers
Powerful enhancements to the RealPresence Platform include support for the industry’s first implementation of open standards-based Scalable Video Coding (SVC) technology. This implementation delivers 3X HD multipoint capacity for greater scalability and dramatically lower TCO, higher quality video performance across devices, and breakthrough interoperability for backwards- and forwards-compatibility.The significant boost in capacity is important as customers bring video to more users, and as trends such as BYOD (bring your own device), mobile computing, and social networking extend enterprise-grade video conferencing to the masses.
“Microsoft is enthusiastic to see Polycom’s licensing of open standards-based SVC technology as it provides the foundation to deliver interoperable solutions that our joint customers demand,” said Warren Barkley, General Manager Lync Customer and Partner Engineering, Microsoft.
Polycom also introduced Polycom® RealPresence® Collaboration Server 800s, Virtual Edition, the industry’s first multi-protocol, integrated software MCU that runs on industry-standard servers. The Collaboration Server 800s, Virtual Edition – which also delivers open standards-based SVC that results in 3X HD multipoint video capacity for greater scalability, dramatically lower TCO, and superior performance – is ideal for mid-sized enterprises and larger organisations with branch offices.
Polycom UX™ – The Industry’s Best User Experience
The new Polycom UX delivers the industry’s best video collaboration experience with more than 20 new user innovations and features, including a completely redesigned UI and the industry’s most lifelike HD image quality (up to 1080p60 resolution), patent-pending Polycom® SmartPairing™ technology, and innovative only-from-Polycom video, content sharing, and audio features. The Polycom UX is designed to drive a superior experience and ease of use for users to increase adoption, while minimising IT management and support, keeping IT costs down and usage up for better TCO. Features include:
Simple and intuitive new UI. The new UI delivers a simple, intuitive and elegant user interface that will be visually and functionally consistent across Polycom’s next-generation video collaboration solutions.
Only from Polycom, the industry’s first SmartPairing software. Patent-pending Polycom SmartPairing technology, built into Polycom® RealPresence® Mobile 2.0, wirelessly connects Apple iPads to the new Group Series, enhanced HDX 3.1 series, and RealPresence® VisualEdge™ products, letting users control video meetings with their tablets and transfer a live video call from their tablet to a big screen with the swipe of a finger.
Best-in-class video and audio quality. Polycom UX delivers the highest quality resolution (up to 1080p60 resolution) video for the industry’s most lifelike visual quality, and also features Polycom’s legendary HD audio technology, including the new patent-pending Polycom NoiseCancel™ technology, which heightens collaboration by automatically eliminating unwanted or distracting noises.
Superior User Experiences on Next-Generation Video Endpoints: New Polycom RealPresence Group Series, New Ultra-Slim RealPresence VisualEdge Executive Desktop, and Updated RealPresence Software for PCs and Mobile Devices
Polycom’s next-generation video collaboration endpoints range from new systems for rooms of all sizes, to a sleek and powerful executive desktop system, to enhanced software for PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones—all providing a best-in-class user experience (Polycom UX) via a completely redesigned user interface and the industry’s most lifelike HD image quality (up to 1080p60 resolution), and supporting the first open standards-based SVC protocol when powered by the Polycom RealPresence Platform.
Polycom® RealPresence® Group Series (300, 500 and 700) – the next-generation HD video collaboration systems for both rooms and budgets of all sizes.
Polycom RealPresence VisualEdge – delivers ultra-slim (less than 1” thick) and sleek design, along with powerful executive desktop video collaboration experiences with the highest video resolution (up to 1080p60) and largest screen (27”) in its category, and can serve as a PC display.
Updated Polycom RealPresence Desktop 2.0 software for PCs and laptops (Windows and Mac OS X) and Polycom RealPresence Mobile 2.0 for tablets and smartphones (iOS and Android devices) extends video beyond conference rooms, enabling organisations to deliver video collaboration to more users in more environments.
The majority of products will be available by December 2012, with the remainder in the first half of 2013. For further details, please see www.polycom.co.uk