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Polycom Connects Video Through Chats With RealPresence CloudAXIS

October 08, 2012

For too long, consumers have lamented the inability to communicate across the various video applications. Those days, however, may soon be at an end, as Polycom (News - Alert) has announced an industry first as it revealed the Polycom RealPresence CloudAXIS Suite. This software suite lets Polycom customers add anyone on Facebook, Google Talk, Skype (News - Alert), or other video applications to their own video conference from a Web browser, connecting users across software lines.

Powered by the Polycom RealPresence Platform in private enterprise or public clouds, RealPresence CloudAXIS uses a browser to extend video and content collaboration outside of the firewall to consumers and businesses, while remaining secure. It adds applications such as recording, streaming, web conferencing, and collaboration tools to VaaS suites for greater value, while letting customers create private enterprise clouds for their video collaboration.

With just a click, customers can connect with anyone outside of their organization and firewall without creating any additional risks. The CloudAXIS client collects presence information from all participants on apps such as Skype and Google (News - Alert) Talk, which are then imported to the CloudAXIS global directory. It uses a drag-and-drop interface to invite participants to the call, who then receive a hyperlink in the chat window of their social or video app of choice, which brings them into the video collaboration session through their browser.

It consists of a global directory presence engine, web client that supports HTML5-compatible browsers, and a flexible resource broker. It runs as a virtual edition on industry-standard hardware, and as a part of the RealPresence Platform, it provides the scale, security, and reliability Polycom is known for.

“Today Polycom is transforming the industry with a solution that equips our customers to extend enterprise-grade video collaboration to everyone,” says Polycom CEO, Andy Miller. “We’re removing the impediments that have hampered video collaboration from becoming ubiquitous by allowing our customers to easily add anyone with a browser to their video and content collaboration sessions with the highest quality, reliability and security. Polycom RealPresence CloudAXIS solutions and our rich suite of open APIs give businesses and service providers the extended interoperability on which to build scalable cloud-based video collaboration services that we believe will deliver new value to customers and create significant new growth opportunities.”

While this isn’t exactly inter-video solution communication, it’s a great step towards that. Being able to reach contacts over their messenger of choice removes a lot of hassle and inconvenience, which helps get chats set up quickly. Colleagues and customers won’t have to worry about downloading any new software, since it’s launched from a browser, which provides a level of convenience. No matter how you look at it, it’s a great step forward.

The Polycom RealPresence CloudAXIS Suite will be made available to enterprises in Q1 2013, along with trials for service providers.

Edited by Rich Steeves

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