Polycom is stepping up its game and using the time leading up to the close of the Cisco-TANDBERG transaction to its fullest advantage.
The last few months have seen updates to its technology alliances - Avaya, Juniper, LifeSize and Siemens. Polycom has been both strengthening its offerings to compete with the inevitable Cisco-TANDBERG combination, and strengthening the offerings of Cisco's UC and networking competitors to minimize any product or technology gap that the acquisition might actually create.
Earlier this week, Polycom announced a new marketing initiative called UltimateHDTM which delivers a simpler product definition for the HDX line as part of a complete refresh of the firm's bread-and-butter room video conferencing lineup. The HDX (6000, 7000, 8000 and 9000 models) now includes the following capabilities as INCLUDED:
Multipoint conferencing requires additional hardware.
Polycom also announced the HDX 6000 View Media Center which includes a camera, 42" LCD monitor, tabletop stand, high fidelity 60-watt sound system with subwoofer, integrated microphones and IR remote control for $9,999 MSRP.
The HDX 6000 standard package is $4,999 MSRP which can include an electronic zoom camera (versus optical zoom), microphones and codec. Monitors and stands extra.