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Polycom releases cloud-ready collaboration tech

Today organisational networks have to operate efficiently on-premises, in hybrid deployments and in the cloud more than ever before.

In order to fulfil these needs, Polycom is introducing an industry-first software solution that provides customers of all sizes with cloud-ready collaboration technology.

Polycom RealPresence Clariti, the collaboration infrastructure software, supports the broadest selection of collaboration ecosystems and a licencing model that now includes subscription and perpetual models.

Customers will have multiple options for deploying the RealPresence Clariti solution, including on-premises, through hybrid or hosted Internet as a Service (IaaS) offerings from partners, or directly in their own cloud networks, Polycom says.

Deployment through a simple per-user pricing model helps make the solution suitable for a wider range of customers, large and small, and allows for more flexible deployments, the company says.

The RealPresence Clariti solution includes Polycom RealConnect capability, allowing both Skype for Business users and those who use other platforms to connect without altering each native experience.

“As visual collaboration enters the hyperconnected phase, employees have high expectations of being able to connect from anywhere, and from any device, at any time,” says Ashan Willy, Polycom senior vice president product management and worldwide systems engineering.

“The RealPresence Clariti solution is a simple, easy-to-use collaboration software that provides cloud economics, cloud deployment options, and cloud hybrid capabilities to Polycom’s powerful infrastructure suite,” says Willy.

RealPresence Clariti is the first collaboration infrastructure software solution to offer hybrid cloud bursting, an IaaS offering, as an optional cloud service to ensure a seamless connection during spikes in video collaboration usage – whether planned or unplanned.

Should existing network resources become insufficient to meet collaboration needs, meeting participants are automatically transitioned into secure Polycom cloud resources with no interruption, the company says.

Polycom also is announcing the expanded support for developers to extend capabilities with the new Polycom Sandbox.

This virtual lab will provide access to Polycom’s set of APIs and SDKs so that partners, ISVs, and customers can build applications and integrate visual collaboration directly into their workflows.

Polycom will offer a full set of support tools, including a community-based resource designed to facilitate the open exchange of information in the pursuit of innovative application development and workflow integration.

Polycom RealAccess service delivers insights on various aspects such as ROI, and will give IT administrators valuable analytical information about how employees are using the RealPresence Clariti solution, Polycom says.

Polycom is expanding RealAccess across the entire RealPresence Cloud platform to provide organisations with diagnostic insights and data to help them more effectively manage their collaboration solution. 

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