Polycom Ships CMA, Desktop

by CXOtoday Staff    Nov 11, 2008

Polycom, a global provider in telepresence, video and voice communications solutions, today announced availability of the Polycom Converged Management Application (CMA), a video network management solution that simplifies the provisioning, management and ease of use for extensive desktop, group and telepresence deployments across organizations.

A key component of the solution is the CMA desktop, a tightly integrated, enterprise-quality desktop video application capable of scaling to thousands of users and supporting high definition (HD) video, voice and content.

Organizations across many industries are embracing visual communication as a competitive means to accelerate decision-making, improve organizational productivity and reduce the cost and carbon emissions associated with travel, said Joe Sigrist, senior vice president and general manager of video solutions at Polycom. We have already shipped more than 100 systems with nearly 45,000 licenses within only a week of being available.”

CMA helps to streamline workflows through centralized management of conferences, devices and systems and provides gate keeping, scheduling and directory management. IT administrators can automate software updates and establish policy-based provisioning of endpoint and infrastructure capabilities, as well as manage bandwidth based on network topology, business requirements and operational needs.

It supports hardware and software endpoints (personal, group, telepresence) and infrastructure systems (conferencing platforms (MCUs), recording and streaming servers, etc.) and is designed to integrate with IT best practices, policies and existing directories via strict adherence to accepted IT standards.

CMA Desktop allows users to see presence details (i.e. online, offline, available, busy, etc.) for software and hardware video devices in their contact list and then connect to other users, or any standards-based video conferencing systems, including personal, room and immersive telepresence solutions. It supports standards-based, visual communication including the ability to receive HD video, HD voice and multimedia content (H.239 content sharing) presentations, videos and images in full, native resolution.

IT administrators can use a standard Microsoft Installer (MSI) file to deploy the client across their campus or can send out as a simple download. This allows them to apply policy-based provisioning for desktop video as part of a common, centralized management application just as they do for other video solutions.
Polycom CMA, which includes seat licenses that can be used for endpoints, infrastructure and CMA Desktop, is now available globally with a starting MSRP of $21,000. The solutions are available through certified channel partners.