Polycom deepens partnership with HP, Microsoft

by CXOtoday Staff    Mar 23, 2010

Polycom has expanded its partnerships with Microsoft and HP, which will enable organizations to choose best-of-breed unified communications (UC) solutions, rather than get locked into a single-vendor platform. This partnership also reinforce that High Definition (HD) voice and video communications solutions are now considered mission-critical business tools in UC environments, and that visual communication is set to go mainstream within two to three years.

Under the expanded agreement with HP, Polycom video and voice solutions for UC and stand-alone operation will be sold and delivered through HP as part of the company’s Unified Communications and Collaboration Services (UCCS) portfolio. This will enable organizations to leverage HP’s global presence for evaluating, designing, implementing and supporting communications systems that deliver a consistent, high-quality experience between all locations to ensure maximum benefits and rapid return on investment. The companies will also deliver interoperability between Polycom’s line of standards-based telepresence and video conferencing solutions and HP Halo telepresence.

"We are excited to expand our relationship with HP and to leverage the synergies with other Polycom Open Collaboration Network partners to deliver seamlessly interoperable UC solutions and services to customers," said Bob Hagerty, CEO of Polycom.

Under the expanded relationship with Microsoft, Polycom and Microsoft will jointly develop and deliver an extended portfolio of UC solutions that will enable more effective collaboration for its customers. Polycom is introducing three new CX series phones, network-based IP phones, which include two handsets and the industry’s first and only IP conference phone optimised for Microsoft Communicator "14." The new phones are also the first Microsoft-optimised phones to feature Polycom HD Voice technology and offer the most robust feature set of any endpoints designed for Communications Server "14."

"Our customers are looking for flexible solutions that integrate seamlessly and are highly reliable. Polycom is working to expand its offering of fully integrated end-to-end solutions for Microsoft environments as well as develop next-generation communications that will result in higher productivity and enhanced collaboration for businesses around the globe," said Kirk Gregersen, senior director of communications server marketing at Microsoft.