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Polycom, Inc.

October 29, 2009 16:05 ET

Polycom RMX 4000 Awarded Best Infrastructure Product at AdvancedTCA Summit 2009

Using AdvancedTCA Platform, Polycom Solution Enables Enterprise-Wide and Business-to-Business Visual Communication Services With Unrivaled Quality, Scale and Reliability

SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwire - October 29, 2009) - AdvancedTCA Summit 2009 - Polycom, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLCM), the global leader in telepresence, video and voice communication solutions, today announced that its new Polycom RMX™ 4000 real-time media conferencing platform was awarded Best Infrastructure Product at the AdvancedTCA® Summit 2009 Best of Show awards ceremony held last night at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

Addressing the rapid adoption of visual communication across industries and the increasing scale of deployments, the Polycom RMX 4000 is the industry's most scalable and reliable multipoint conferencing platform capable of supporting hundreds of simultaneous HD video calls and more than a thousand video and audio conference calls. The platform for multi-point collaboration and multi-network connectivity for telepresence, video and voice conferencing enables large organizations, government agencies, educational institutions, healthcare networks and service providers to deliver enterprise-wide and business-to-business video services with unrivaled quality, scale and reliability.

The Polycom RMX 4000 leverages a carrier-grade Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture (AdvancedTCA) platform that features a unique, unified design. Four media processing cards share the same management system and high-speed backplane, allowing processing resources to be shared seamlessly as a unified system. This provides support for large conferences without cascading to multiple bridges, which equates to lower latency and superior overall quality and performance.

"Leveraging the AdvancedTCA platform allows us to deliver a carrier-grade solution that has significant scalability, performance, reliability and administrative advantages over competing systems," said Joe Sigrist, senior vice president and general manager, Video Solutions, Polycom. "We designed our video network infrastructure solution with a clear focus on where the technology is heading in terms of processing requirements, network scalability and IT administrative concerns, and also in how video will integrate into broader UC platforms and into business processes moving forward."

"We are excited to award the Polycom RMX 4000 as the AdvancedTCA Summit 2009 Best Infrastructure Product for the unique way in which Polycom uses the AdvancedTCA platform to provide solutions to its customer base," said Ernie Bergstrom, AdvancedTCA Summit Chairman. "The elegantly designed Polycom RMX 4000 gives IT organizations a highly-scalable, carrier-grade platform for video communication that can be easily deployed and managed along with their other core communications and network systems."

The Polycom RMX 4000 is the latest addition to Polycom's video network solution that offers the most comprehensive visual communication environments from desktop video to immersive telepresence and the most redundant infrastructure systems to video-enable organizations of all sizes with varying application needs. Based on established standards and open interoperability, the Polycom solution can be deployed within any unified communications (UC) environment and features integration with leading UC platforms from Microsoft, IBM, Avaya, Nortel, BroadSoft and others.

Organizations of all sizes and across industries are adopting visual communication to enable people and teams to work more effectively and efficiently across distances both within and across organizations, which can lead to reduced operating costs by replacing the need to travel and reduced travel-associated carbon emissions. The value of the video conferencing market is set to post a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17.8 percent between 2008 and 2013, rising from $3.8 billion to $8.6 billion according to Gartner, Inc.(1)

Polycom RMX 4000 Highlights:

--  Delivers multi-point collaboration and multi-network connectivity for
    video, voice and unified voice and video conferencing.
    
--  Supports customers' current and future needs with unmatched
    performance and scale for the latest telepresence, HD video conferencing
    and desktop video collaboration applications and unrivaled flexibility and
    cost-effectiveness for supporting existing investments in video
    conferencing systems.
    
--  Optimizes the experience for all participants in a call by transcoding
    resolutions, frame rates and layout options, and connecting multiple
    networks.
    
--  Extends the most scalable multi-point conference platform in the
    industry -- capable of supporting hundreds of compute-intensive HD
    telepresence calls (including full 1080p) and more than a thousand video
    and audio conferences, when paired with the Polycom Distributed Media
    Application™ (DMA™) 7000, a unique network application that
    centralizes call control for RMX bridges and provides further failover
    redundancy -- virtualizing all bridge resources into a single pool and
    dynamically distributing bridge calls onto RMX bridges based on available
    or required resources.
    
--  Offers flexibility of management -- can be deployed centrally or in a
    distributed network environment with the Polycom DMA 7000 for greater
    scale, redundancy, centralized provisioning, and simplified network
    administration.
    
--  Provides both flexible and fixed resource allocation, allowing
    optimization as network requirements change. Allows customers to cost-
    effectively support existing systems as they migrate from traditional video
    conferencing to HD telepresence.
    
--  Shares the same code base as the Polycom RMX 2000®, also based on
    and AdvancedTCA platform, ensuring seamless feature and functionality
    support. The RMX 4000 and the RMX 2000 also share licenses, media and E1/T1
    cards, software versions, telepresence and encryption licenses.
    
--  Features in-system redundancy with redundant power supplies with AC or
    DC option.
    
--  List price for RMX 4000 HD ports is nearly 40 percent less expensive
    than nearest competitor.
    

Pricing and availability:

The Polycom RMX 4000 is planned for worldwide availability in Q409 with a North America list price starting at US$152,000.

Product Background / Images

-- Polycom RMX 4000 Product Page

-- Video of Frost & Sullivan analyst Roopam Jain explaining advantages of the Polycom RMX, DMA solution

-- RMX 4000 images on Flickr

About Polycom Visual Communication Solutions

--  Polycom provides the most comprehensive video network infrastructure
    solution, including Polycom Converged Management Application™ (CMA™)
    for centralized management, provisioning, call control, scheduling and
    video presence; Polycom RMX real-time media conferencing platform for
    multipoint, multi-network conferences; Polycom Distributed Media
    Application (DMA) 7000 distributed network application server for
    centralized call control across multiple RMX bridges and failover
    redundancy; Polycom Video Border Proxy™ (VBP™) network-aware firewall
    traversal systems; and the Polycom RSS™ and Video Media Center™
    (VMC™) platforms for recording, streaming and video content management.
    
--  Polycom's video network infrastructure solution is complemented by
    best-in-class visual communication endpoints, including Polycom
    RealPresence Experience (RPX) and Polycom Telepresence Experience (TPX)
    immersive telepresence rooms, Polycom HDX room and personal telepresence
    systems, the highly scalable Polycom CMA Desktop video collaboration
    application, and industry specific telepresence solutions for healthcare,
    education, telejustice, integrated room environments and more.
    
--  Polycom is the industry leader in telepresence and video conferencing,
    having shipped nearly 70,000 telepresence solutions through Q3 2009 and
    nearly one million video conferencing systems to date.
    

Recent Announcements:

-- NATO Armed with Polycom Telepresence for Global Collaboration

-- Expanded Polycom Infrastructure Solution Helps Organizations Unlock Benefits of Visual Communication

-- 7 Habits Author, Stephen Covey, Transported Anywhere, Anytime with Polycom Telepresence

About Polycom

Polycom, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLCM) is the global leader in telepresence, video, and voice solutions and a visionary in communications that empower people to connect and collaborate everywhere. Visit www.polycom.com for more information and follow us on Twitter @AllAboutPolycom.

(1) Gartner, Inc. "Dataquest Insight: Videoconferencing Products and Services Market Forecast, Worldwide, 2007-2013," September 28, 2009, ID# G00171041

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