Polycom, IBM Team for Video-as-a-Service Development
Together, the companies will work together to develop technologies around the Polycom RealPresence platform and real-time video collaboration in the cloud. The reason? According to Polycom and IBM Research, more businesses are evaluating the use of video-as-a-service (VaaS) through private, public and hybrid clouds. It’s not surprising, considering the ease, simplicity and costs VaaS promises over on-premise solutions.
The plan, according to the companies, is to create solutions that focus on communications enabling business processes (CEBP). The goal is to work toward ensuring RealPresence video solutions perform optimally in even the most rigorous cloud environments. Additionally, the companies have plans to develop interoperability between standard and non-standard video environments. They also plan to give some special attention to video-enabled mobile social collaboration.
Everything about the partnership announcement is futuristic. Polycom and IBM Research have high hopes of pushing the boundaries of VaaS.
This isn’t the first time IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Polycom have partnered, and this new announcement simply builds on their historical strategic alliance.
“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 at Polycom, in a prepared statement.
Over the next few years, it’s likely cloud-based video collaboration services will continue to gain a following. Polycom and IBM are positioning themselves as leaders in the space, and although there will be much competition, the RealPresence platform may have a good shot at becoming one of the key enablers of VaaS. Time will tell.