Polycom and IBM Research to cooperate on cloud-based service delivery

Polycom has announced an initiative with IBM Research to co-develop next-generation innovations that are designed to accelerate cloud-delivered video collaboration applications.

Under the initiative Polycom will work with IBM Research to explore and develop technologies that leverage Polycom’s RealPresence platform and real-time video capabilities in the cloud.
"At its heart, this collaboration with IBM is about laying the foundation for more RealPresence innovation in the cloud. Working with IBM, we’re taking a world-class solution and co-developing technologies to help customers – who are increasingly looking to the cloud for video collaboration applications – better communicate, collaborate, and be more productive," said Sudhakar Ramakrishna, President of Products and Services, Polycom. "Customers who choose Polycom will always be at the forefront of the industry because we’re pushing the boundaries of collaboration forward to ensure our customers have the best solutions, both today and in the future. Our work with IBM is yet another step forward in achieving Polycom’s goal of connecting anyone across any environment on any device."
"Together with Polycom, we can help customers prepare for the future of this industry, whether they choose premises-based video solutions or private, public, or hybrid cloud delivery models," said Ken King, vice president of business development for IBM Research. "Ultimately, it’s about helping Polycom develop new, innovative video products on a cloud computing platform that creates solutions across various industry verticals. By co-developing with Polycom, we can help customers collaborate and make decisions more quickly."

Rough translation: Polycom and IBM will be working together to make sure that Polycom's software runs smoothly on the distributed server hardware used to deliver cloud services around the world.