Polycom UC Intelligent Core Enables Cisco Video Conferencing Interoperability

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Polycom's UC Intelligent Core solution breaks down barriers between vendors' unified communications infrastructures.

Cisco users longing to integrate Polycom products into their unified communications infrastructures need wait no longer.

Polycom’s UC Intelligent Core solution now enables interoperability with other vendors’ solutions, including the closed Cisco telepresence system based on the Telepresence Interoperability Protocol (TIP), the company announced.

The UC Intelligent Core platform lets users deploy multi-vendor UC solutions and protect investment in third-party systems by allowing integration with new products from other vendors across consumer, mobile, SMB and enterprise devices, platforms and networks. The system also allows service providers to deploy cloud-based UC telepresence services for suppliers, partners and customers.

"Cisco customers have told us for years that they’ve been imprisoned by a closed telepresence platform that builds a wall around their UC environment and keeps out non-Cisco users. Today, all that changes," Andrew Miller, CEO of Polycom, said in a statement.

"With its unparalleled support of open standards, the Polycom UC Intelligent Core solution liberates these customers and gives them more options for collaborating and expanding their UC environments than ever before, without having to sacrifice their existing systems. Breakthroughs like this are fundamental to our vision of UCEverywhere."

Polycom said its solution will allow customers to save money. A midsize enterprise will spend up to $2.1 million less in the first year on a "typical Polycom telepresence deployment" compared to a "comparable Cisco telepresence deployment," including equipment, bandwidth, services and maintenance, the company said.

Motorola Mobility has deployed Polycom systems, and corporate vice president and CIO Walter F. Oswald said the interoperability with TIP has been valuable to the company.

"Telepresence provides tremendous value to our business in terms of improved collaboration and productivity, but that value would be much greater if we were able to easily connect our Polycom telepresence systems to B2B partners with Cisco telepresence systems," he said in a statement.

"We are elated that Polycom will release new software to enable that connection, to protect our multi-million dollar investment, to reduce our ongoing operating expenses, and to provide us the opportunity to continue to deploy Polycom telepresence systems."

Polycom announced that it plans to begin support for interoperability with TIP beginning in the second quarter of 2011.