Polycom releases RealPresence Ready for SMEs

| July 19, 2011

Polycom has released what it calls a “comprehensive video solution” for small and medium businesses. The package, named Polycom RealPresence Ready, consists of two Polycom HDX 6000 room systems, one Polycom HDX 7000 system, and five Polycom Telepresence m100 software licenses.

According to Polycom, the new solution now “delivers high-quality, reliable and secure conversations with Polycom UltimateHD technology and patented innovations that ensure great experiences even in congested networking environments.”

Polycom added that its video communications gives the highest quality available with the lowest consumption of network resources – using H.264 coding and compression technology that delivers life-like video experiences while consuming up to 50% less network bandwidth than alternative products.

The RealPresence Ready solution is available in North America with prices starting at US$17,999 and service options starting at US$2,385, which according to Polycom, offers the lowest total cost of ownership for high quality video conferencing systems and can be financed for less than the cost of one business trip per month.

Other options are available for RealPresence Ready, including the Polycom Eagle Eye Director, Polycom telepresence m500 for tablets, and Polycom VVX 1500 business video phones.

“There’s something about seeing the person you’re working with that a voice alone can’t provide,” said Gene Crosby, chief operating officer at Jackson Spalding, an Atlanta, Georgia-based firm of 80 creative professionals who develop advertising, media, and public relations campaigns. “We need to be able to communicate face-to-face, internally and with our clients, even if we aren’t in the same place. When looking for affordable, high-quality and secure video conferencing capabilities, we needed to weigh the investment carefully. Choosing Polycom telepresence solutions was easily the smartest purchase we made last year, and we’ve seen amazing results. Polycom improves our productivity and the work we do, and our employees and clients feel much more engaged.”

Meanwhile, Polycom also revealed several new services in the cloud by its partners.

First, a new cloud-based “Virtual Room” service from 8×8, Inc., enabled by the Polycom UC Intelligent Core software platform, will include Polycom HDX video solutions and Polycom VVX business media phones. 8×8’s “Virtual Room” service allows users to join meetings via video and audio devices as well as web telephony and smart mobile phone clients.

Another new offering is the BroadCloud Video service, a cloud-based hosted infrastructure that integrates with existing service provider offerings and Polycom UC solutions.

Press release: Polycom(R) RealPresence(TM) Ready and New Cloud Offerings Powered by Polycom UC Software Make Business-Grade Video More Flexible and Affordable Than Ever for SMBs.

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