Polycom Announces Multipoint Conference Platform

by CXOtoday Staff    Oct 23, 2009

Polycom announced two new video and media infrastructure products aimed at providing enterprises with large-scale voice and video conference bridging, recording and media streaming capabilities.

The RMX 4000 is a multipoint conference platform, or multipoint control unit (MCU), of massive scale that can serve as a voice and video conferencing bridge for large enterprises and service providers.

With 1,600 ports in a single chassis with a single management backplane and redundant power supplies, it can manage up to 160 simultaneous high-definition (HD) 720p video calls, 1,600 audio calls, or a combination of the two. This represents a doubling of the capacity of Polycom’s prior top-line video and audio bridge product, the RMX 2000. The RMX 4000 also adds support for 1080p HD video conferencing.

Ira Weinstein, senior analyst and partner with Wainhouse Research, said the RMX 4000 is "all about scale," filling a gap in Polycom’s product line for enterprises that want to manage massive video conferencing deployments, particularly a mix of telepresence, high-definition video conferencing and desktop video conferencing. The RMX 4000 gives enterprises an alternative to the Tandberg Codian Media Service Engine (MSE) 8000, an MCU that offers 180 ports of HD 1080p multipoint ports and up to 720 standard definition multipoint ports.

A unique aspect of the RMX 4000 is its new flexible port capacity feature. This allows an enterprise to allocate port capacity based on the endpoints users have. Other MCUs simply allocate a minimum number of ports to each bridge, regardless of whether the users on the bridge are using HD or standard-definition devices. With a more flexible port allocation, an enterprise can get more efficient port usage.

Polycom also announced a new large-scale media recording and streaming server, the RSS 4000, which can record up to 15 simultaneous streams of audio and video calls ranging up to 1080p HD video quality. The previous product, the RSS 2000, could record only two simultaneous streams.

Both the RSS 4000 and the RMX 4000 are currently in a limited beta release, but Polycom will begin shipping the product to customers in November.