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Polycom does cloud-based VC deal

Ian McMurray 20 December 2010
Polycom does cloud-based VC deal

Polycom has announced that UK cloud-based solutions provider Outsourcery has chosen the Polycom UC Intelligent Core infrastructure to deliver a new generation of cloud-based voice and video collaboration services for Microsoft unified communications (UC) environments.

When the Polycom solutions are deployed this month, Outsourcery will begin offering its enhanced services to clients via a cloud-based model that allows enterprises, says Polycom, to use the most advanced UC capabilities on a per-user, fixed-cost basis, and without investing in new hardware and infrastructure.

“Deriving maximum value from Microsoft UC environments requires the ability to collaborate with anyone, anywhere, and in the way that allows smarter decisions to be made sooner,” said Mark Seemann, chief technology officer at Outsourcery. “Only Polycom offers a reliable, scalable, redundant platform featuring native integration with Microsoft, which is necessary to achieve our vision for truly integrated cloud-based voice and video collaboration within Microsoft UC environments. With Polycom, we’re creating a new category in the cloud, and we look forward to driving its evolution together.”

According to POlycom, Outsourcery chose its solution because of Polycom’s broad, high-quality portfolio of voice and video solutions as well as its proven and unparalleled integration with Microsoft Lync 2010. Leveraging the Polycom UC Intelligent Core, Outsourcery customers can, entirely from within their Microsoft applications, escalate instant messaging chats or voice calls to video conferences. Though these capabilities are used every day by Polycom customers around the world, delivering them via a cloud-based model is new.

“Outsourcery has long been an innovator in hosted services, and today’s announcement shows that this market leader’s vision is sharper than ever,” said Gary Rider, president of Polycom EMEA (pictured). “As more customers engage with this new service, Outsourcery can build out its Polycom UC Intelligent Core to expand its capacity and feature set. And with Outsourcery at the forefront of cloud-based computing, we expect this remarkable company to even influence the capabilities of future Polycom solutions.”

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