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Polycom Launches Polycom CX7000, New Room Video Collaboration Solution Interoperable with Microsoft Lync

December 08, 2011

The world of unified communications is marked by a high level of diversity in terms of technologies, platforms and devices being deployed worldwide by enterprises of all sizes for establishing enhanced connectivity. With an aim to enable a smooth integration between different platforms and solutions, a range of advanced solutions are being developed to boost interoperability.

Polycom, Inc., a provider of standards-based unified communications, has announced that its additional Polycom SIP-based wired and wireless voice products will now be interoperable with Microsoft Lync. The company has also launched a new solution named Polycom CX7000, a room video collaboration solution that can be integrated with Microsoft Lync the UC platform that unites voice communications, instant messaging, audio, video and Web conferencing.

Microsoft has verified Polycom CX7000 as the first video collaboration solution ever that has been optimized for Microsoft Lync. Apart from that, Polycom has been testing its Polycom RealPresence Immersive room systems for Microsoft Lync interoperability as well. With the new announcement, enterprises equipped with a multiple number of systems will be able to collaborate through video, voice or content-sharing right from their Microsoft Lync environments.

“We are excited to expand our strategic relationship with Microsoft by extending our broad solution portfolio with interoperability for Microsoft Lync. Polycom’s strategic relationship with Microsoft enables customers across the globe to multiply the return on solution investments they have in place today and will need in the future,” commented Sue Hayden, executive vice president, Strategic Alliances, Polycom. “By directly interoperating with Microsoft Lync across a comprehensive range of HD video and voice solutions, Polycom delivers a true UC experience that enables users to be much more productive and collaborative,” added Hayden.

“The Polycom CX7000 delivers a competitive advantage for us, helping to drive company-wide gains in productivity, efficiency, and innovation,” said JJ Brantingham, partner and CIO at Sebesta Blomberg & Associates, a provider of full-service consulting and engineering services deploying a Polycom CX7000 beta. “The Polycom CX7000 solution simplifies the UC experience and offers seamless HD video. The group document collaboration feature allows multiple people on the team to make edits to a single, shared document while on video, regardless of which office they are in, ensuring we are all literally on the same page.”

In November 2011, Polycom, Inc. announced that it has established a new solution center in Seoul, Korea. The center will provide customers in Korea the opportunity to experience first-hand the benefits of face-to-face collaboration across the full range of Polycom’s UC solutions, from the Polycom RealPresence Platform to HD video and HD Voice solutions for mobile tablets, offices, desktops, meeting rooms and immersive telepresence.

Arvind Arora is a contributing editor for unified communications. To read more of Arvind's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves

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