Polycom announces multi-vendor exchange

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While many forecast a closer link between Polycom and HP, the majority opinion was that HP would acquire Polycom. Such is the land-grab nature of the VC market now that it makes sense to partner with large organisations that can combine to impose de facto standards. In hooking up with HP in the way it has, and with its ongoing development of the visual communication of Microsoft’s Lync, Polycom has put itself in poll position.

New Polycom led initiative makes mutli-vendor calls easier.

Alongside the announcement of the HP acquisition, Polycom showed how it would utilise its position as the preferred partner of two of the world’s IT giants with several new developments.

The company announced that it has persuaded a number of leading service providers from around the world to encourage broader visual communications adoption by enabling interoperability and global business-to-business (B2B) connectivity for telepresence and videoconferencing.

Called the Open Visual Communications Consortium  (OVCC) a new alliance will provide connectivity across service provider networks, making it easier for businesses, governments and other organisations using telepresence and video conferencing to connect with each other whenever they want without networking problems. OVCC will be the first to establish a global standards-based, multi-vendor, multi-network visual communication exchange, unlike Cisco’s which was dismissed as ‘single vendor’.

As a proof of concept, OVCC members are said to have demonstrated the first multi-vendor high-definition (HD) telepresence call to join 18 standards-based systems across 12 service provider networks on January, 28, 2011. Polycom UC Intelligent Core technology provided the infrastructure for the multi-site call.  OVCC is focused on connecting the estimated 2 million standards-based video systems in use today.

OVCC will open to new members beginning in the second half of 2011. The initial OVCC capabilities are expected to launch mid-year 2012.

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