The company on April 19 also will release Video SmartStart, which will provide the tools customers need to run CloudAXIS; the tools include the RealPresence platform, and implementation and adoption services. Video SmartStart 100 works for up to 100 users, while Video SmartStart handles up to 500. SmartStart is available as a capex purchase or on an opex-based three-year lease.
Enterprises have been able to buy CloudAXIS since March 31, Polycom noted, and only through channel partners.
CloudAXIS lets Polycom users, from an Internet browser, extend enterprise-quality conferencing to people using third-party video services including Skype, Facebook and Google Talk on laptops, smartphones and tablets. At the same time, the RealPresence platform comes with other new features including HD and SmartPairing, where Polycom’s RealPresence app will connect a mobile device to the Polycom conference room phone.
The development reflects the overall trend of vendors opening their technologies to work with consumer and rival video services.
“We are delivering on our vision and promise to make enterprise-grade video collaboration ubiquitous and available to anyone, which we believe will help drive a network effect of video and transform how people and industries collaborate and work,” said Andy Miller, president and CEO of Polycom.
CloudAXIS soon will work with the Macintosh operating system, Polycom said.