PLEASANTON, Calif. and BOSTON, VON CONFERENCE & EXPO (booth 629) – Oct. 29, 2007 – Polycom, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLCM), the world‘s leading provider of unified collaborative communications solutions, today announced the availability of ReadiVoiceÂ® 4.0, adding greater scalability, reliability and operational efficiency to the world‘s most widely used solution for on-demand audio conferencing services. Leveraging the new IMS-compliant Polycom Proxias™ application server and development environment, ReadiVoice 4.0 is optimized for the unique technical requirements and operational complexities of on-demand, carrier-grade conferencing services and can help service providers grow and protect audio conferencing revenue and reduce operational costs. The Polycom Proxias platform helps service providers cost-effectively deploy additional highly scalable, revenue-generating rich media conferencing services.
“ReadiVoice is the platform that redefined audio conferencing services to an on-demand model, and today it is the most widely used platform with the world‘s leading service providers running more than 50 million conferencing minutes a day on Polycom infrastructure,” said Joe Sigrist, senior vice president and general manager of video solutions at Polycom. “Moving to the Polycom Proxias architecture introduces the next generation of scale and reliability to audio conferencing and provides a platform that fits seamlessly into IMS or hybrid service provider environments. It also provides unique capabilities for offering differentiated services, accelerating service deployments and increasing service revenues– all while reducing operating expenses and deployment costs.”
The Polycom Proxias application server is a flexible, carrier-class platform that enables service providers to cost-effectively deliver rich-media conferencing services across geographies, organizations and workgroups as part of unified communications environments. The IMS-compliant, SIP platform is future-focused and optimized for on-demand mixed-media (voice, video, content) conferencing and collaboration services providing an unmatched, scaleable foundation for developing and deploying these applications across networks, platforms, and devices with mission critical reliability.
Leveraging this platform, ReadiVoice 4.0 introduces marked improvements to the already industry-leading, high-availability ReadiVoice solutions. The new solution adds greater scalability and resiliency to help service providers grow and protect revenue, helps reduce administrative requirements to lower operational costs, and offers a flexible application development environment for fast and specific customization for delivering differentiated services. ReadiVoice 4.0 features rack-and-stack scalability to support the largest service providers‘ current as well as future conferencing needs.
Unlike traditional conferencing platforms that require service interruption during upgrades, ReadiVoice 4.0 features zero down-time upgrade capabilities; allowing a service provider to accelerate service delivery and reduce costs by maintaining complete service functionality during upgrades. The solution also features redundant and modular components that eliminate single points of failure, simplify growth and reduce the impact of hardware replacement. A simplified architecture and centralized management capabilities also streamline administration and help lower operating costs.
ReaviVoice 4.0 leverages the Proxias application server in conjunction with Polycom InnoVox™ 4000IP media servers to optimize audio conferencing as a core component of next-generation service architectures. By pairing Polycom‘s carrier-class product reliability with future-focused design principles, the solution provides communications and IT strategists with a proven, open, and adaptable structure for leveraging rich media in their organization.
“As the use of audio, video, and web conferencing continues to increase in today‘s enterprises, users need a flexible conferencing infrastructure that can accommodate their growth,” said Ira Weinstein, senior analyst and partner at Wainhouse Research. “With this release, Polycom has transitioned to an IMS architecture that separates call flow and application handling from the media processing engines. The result is a conferencing ecosystem that addresses the efficiency, scalability, and reliability needs of service providers and large enterprises alike.”
Furthering Polycom‘s IMS strategy, the Proxias application server supports ReadiVoice 4.0 today, and will become the platform for multiple collaboration applications, including a highly scalable, manageable, and resilient on-demand video conferencing application leveraging the RMX 2000™ and a conferencing optimized media server for video and unified (voice, video and content sharing) conferencing. These applications will be built within the Proxias application server‘s integrated Application Development Environment, which enables both rapid creation of conferencing applications as well as integration with unified communications environments to deliver a wider range of related applications suited for workers in office, mobile and home office environments.
Pricing and Availability
ReadiVoice 4.0 is now available in North America and EMEA from Polycom. Pricing for the modular systems varies based on capacity. ReadiVoice 4.0 is available at no cost (excluding hardware) for ReadiVoice customers under existing maintenance agreements.
Polycom, Inc. is the worldwide leader in unified collaborative communications (UCC) that maximize the efficiency and productivity of people and organizations by integrating the broadest array of high definition video, wired and wireless voice, and content solutions to deliver the ultimate collaborative experience. Polycom‘s high quality, standards-based conferencing and collaboration solutions are easy to deploy and manage, as well as intuitive to use. Supported by an open architecture, they integrate seamlessly with leading telephony, workplace wireless telephony, and presence-based networks. With its market-driving technologies, best-in-class products, alliance partnerships, and world-class service, Polycom is the smart choice for organizations seeking proven solutions and a competitive advantage from on-demand communications and collaboration. For additional information, call 800-POLYCOM or visit the Polycom web site at www.polycom.com.
Polycom reserves the right to modify future product plans at any time. Products and/or related specifications referenced in this press release are not guaranteed, and will be delivered on a when and if available basis.
Polycom, the Polycom logo and ReadiVoice are registered trademarks and Proxias, InnoVox, and RMX 2000 are trademarks of Polycom in the U.S. and various countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. ©2007, Polycom, Inc. All rights reserved.
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