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Polycom Unveils Software Release with Industry-First Features

June 14, 2011

Polycom customers will soon be able to deploy more devices than ever before, connect earlier to any device, standard or network and enjoy reduced costs thanks to Polycom’s latest software release, the Polycom UC Intelligent Core.

The unified communications leaders’ latest software offers: a robust platform for scalable, reliable video services supporting up to 75,000 devices; the industry's only universal bridge to support broadest range of standards, devices, networks, locations; a catalyst for viral UC usage; provides the only guaranteed class of service with native integration; and simplified administration and set-up to reduce total cost of ownership and speed return on investment.

"The UC Intelligent Core technology is the heart of unified communications and a key component of our UC Everywhere vision, and is continuing to change the industry by delivering unparalleled scalability and interoperability," said Sudhakar Ramakrishna, Polycom chief development officer, in a statement. "We are accelerating the adoption of video collaboration and driving down costs by making the process easier for everyone from the end user to the IT administrator."

The UC Intelligent Core platform turns to the cloud to establish "universal bridging," which supports a vast range of protocols including H.323, TIP, SIP, POTS/ISDN, and RTV, and is ideal for users looking to seamlessly and easily connect multiple organizations. The enhanced UC Intelligent Core solution delivers unprecedented security, scale, reach, access, and availability with lower total cost of ownership than ever before, according to company officials.

The UC Intelligent Core platform differentiates itself in the market by providing maximum access through cloud-based delivery of real-time and on-demand video content and streaming with Polycom's Accordent solutions that natively integrate with Microsoft Lync and SharePoint. Moreover, it works to expand interoperability and standards-based support for UC solutions and third-party devices including support for Microsoft Outlook 2010 and Windows 7, as well as enhancements to support for Avaya Aura networks and Cisco CUCM networks. It also provides load balancing for up to 192 bridges.

Polycom’s latest is the only solution with guaranteed class of service through dynamic Priority Based Communications to ensure a quality experience that maximizes productivity and speeds ROI, according to company officials. The UC Intelligent Core technology, which will be available in quarter three, also helps drive the broader adoption of video by natively integrating with everyday workflow tools such as Microsoft Lync and IBM SameTime.

Carrie Schmelkin is a Web Editor for unified communications. Previously, she worked as Assistant Editor at the New Canaan Advertiser, a 102-year-old weekly newspaper, covering news and enhancing the publication's social media initiatives. Carrie holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and a bachelor's degree in English from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves

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