Polycom Unveils Virtualized, Immersive Video Conferencing Solutions
RealPresence One brings together much of Polycom's offerings—including video, voice and content collaboration—into a single software solution that is available on a subscription basis. The solution is aimed at businesses that are looking to implement such technologies for the first time, he said. RealPresence Platform, Virtual Editions offer organizations the individual parts of the RealPresence platform as virtualized software that can run on x86-based industry-standard servers in the data center. The offerings enable organizations to expand or streamline their existing video networks and can help create hybrid networks by being able to run alongside hardware video appliances. They also can interoperate with products from other vendors as well, Antanaitis said. The RealPresence Immersive Studio offering is designed for major video conferences that include participants in disparate locations and that need a high-end, flexible system. The offering includes up to three 84-inch flat panels that make up a "video wall" as well as another 55-inch panel that sits on top that can be used to display documents via Polycom's VisualBoard virtual whiteboard technology. At the same time, the massive system supports the growing bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend by enabling participants to share content from such mobile devices as tablets, smartphones and notebooks. The virtual whiteboard and the other ways participants can share such content as business documents, CAD drawings and blueprints are a key part of the immersive solution, Antanaitis said.Polycom's announcement comes at a busy time in the video conferencing space. Polycom and Microsoft a week earlier announced an expansion of their partnership around the software giant's Lync unified communications platform. The same week, Vidyo announced that it had created a product that will enable users of Google's Google+ Hangouts to connect with audio and video conferencing platforms from other vendors, including Cisco, Polycom and Avaya. The same day, Google announced that it had launched a Chromebox that leverages Google Apps and Google+ Hangouts services to offer a packaged collaboration solution.
"When push comes to shove, content is really becoming the king," he said.