Polycom and Meetrix to Offer Cloud-Delivered Social Video Collaboration Solutions

Mon Jan 28, 2013 8:30am EST

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Polycom RealPresence Platform software and Meetrix UC in the Cloud for IBM
Sametime deliver unified communications integrated with video collaboration as a
ORLANDO, Fla.--(Business Wire)--
Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM), the global leader in open standards-based unified
communications and collaboration (UC&C), and Meetrix, a cloud enabler and
integrator, today announced they have formed a partnership to integrate their
respective solutions to offer customers cloud-delivered social video
collaboration services. The partnership integrates Meetrix`s unified
communications cloud service for IBM Sametime and Polycom`s video infrastructure
software (either on-premises or cloud-delivered from a service provider) to help
customers securely and reliably connect, communicate, and collaborate visually
through their cloud-delivered social business app. 

Meetrix`s flagship offering, Meetrix UC in the Cloud for IBM Sametime, delivers
"Sametime as a Service" - a service that manages the IBM Sametime solution for
customers from the cloud. Meetrix UC in the Cloud for IBM Sametime can be
deployed in hours for small and medium businesses or, in the case of larger
enterprises, a few days, giving customers instant access to the benefits of IBM
Sametime. The Polycom RealPresence Platform, the most comprehensive software
infrastructure for universal video collaboration, enriches the social
collaboration experience by allowing IBM Sametime and IBM Connections users to
collaborate in secure multi-party or point-to-point video calls. The
RealPresence Platform software infrastructure, whether installed on-premises or
delivered as a service from the cloud, connects users across any environment -
immersive video suites, conference rooms, work and home offices, and
smartphones, laptops and tablets. 

"We`ve offered integration with IBM Sametime for years but as more customers -
especially small and midsized companies - explore cloud strategies, we`re
excited to partner with Meetrix, a real innovator in this space," said Steve
Pattison, Vice President of Business Development, Polycom. "The Meetrix UC in
the Cloud for IBM Sametime service allows customers to deploy IBM Sametime
almost instantly, and when you integrate Polycom RealPresence video solutions
into the social business environment, customers can keep their upfront costs
down, leverage their existing investments, and quickly realize a return on their
investment from the increased productivity of face-to-face collaboration." 

"We are excited to team with a prestigious partner such as Polycom," said Lee
Fawcett, Chief Executive Officer, Meetrix. "We`ve heard from our customers that
enterprise-class UC delivered from the cloud is needed, and our joint solution,
whether the video infrastructure is on-premises or delivered from the cloud,
offers the best-in-class UC and video solution-set available today." 

The offering is available globally for existing Polycom RealPresence Platform
and Meetrix UC in the Cloud for IBM Sametime customers at no additional
integration or application cost. For more information on the integration, please
contact your local Meetrix sales rep or sales@meetrix.us. 


Meetrix will be demonstrating the offering next week at TEAM Polycom 2013,
Polycom`s annual sales and partner conference, in Vancouver, Canada, February
4-7, 2013. In booth #41, Meetrix will show Meetrix UC in the Cloud for IBM
Sametime integrated with the Polycom RealPresence Platform software

Separately, Polycom will be demonstrating its integration with IBM Sametime at
IBM Connect 2013, January 27-31, 2013, in Orlando, Fla. At pedestals B21-B23,
Polycom will demonstrate the RealPresence Platform solution integration with IBM
Sametime, featuring the Polycom RealPresence Mobile 2.0 software application for
Apple iOS and Android devices and the newly announced Polycom RealPresence Group
series. The RealPresence Group series is the next-generation HD video
collaboration systems for budgets of all sizes which feature the new Polycom
user experience (Polycom UX software), patent-pending Polycom SmartPairing
technology (wirelessly connects Apple iPads to RealPresence Group series and
Polycom HDX systems), the industry's best HD video and content-sharing (up to
1080p60 resolution), and crystal-clear audio. 

The Polycom RealPresence Platform

The RealPresence Platform software infrastructure provides reliability, security
and industry-leading scalability, and interoperates with the broadest range of
communications applications. The RealPresence Platform software was recently
enhanced to include the industry`s first open standards-based SVC (Scalable
Video Coding), with 3X HD multipoint video call capacity for greater
scalability, dramatically lower TCO, superior performance, and backwards- and
forwards-compatibility to protect customer investments-all available through a
software update. Additionally, the RealPresence Platform software offers
multi-tenant capabilities and open application programming interfaces (APIs). 

About Polycom

Polycom is the global leader in open standards-based unified communications and
collaboration (UC&C) solutions for voice and video collaboration, trusted by
more than 415,000 customers around the world. Polycom solutions are powered by
the Polycom® RealPresence® Platform, comprehensive software infrastructure and
rich APIs that interoperate with the broadest set of communication, business,
mobile and cloud applications and devices to deliver secure face-to-face video
collaboration in any environment. Polycom and its ecosystem of over 7,000
partners provide truly unified communications solutions that deliver the best
user experience, highest multi-vendor interoperability, and lowest TCO. Visit
www.polycom.com or connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to learn
how we`re pushing the greatness of human collaboration forward. 

© 2013 Polycom, Inc. All rights reserved. POLYCOM, the Polycom 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. 

About Meetrix

Meetrix delivers enterprise-class unified communications, collaboration, and
social business solutions in the cloud for midmarket and SMB/SME (small- and
medium-size businesses/enterprises) customers. Meetrix is an IBM premier
partner, winner of the 2011 IBM Beacon Award for cloud applications and a
finalist for the 2012 IBM CTO Award. 

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.

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Polycom, Inc.
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