Polycom Ships First Wave of Industry Transforming Video Collaborations Solutions Announced in October at Polycom Strategy Day

  Polycom Ships First Wave of Industry Transforming Video Collaborations
  Solutions Announced in October at Polycom Strategy Day

  *Polycom®RealPresence® Platform enhancements includeindustry’s firstopen
    standards-based SVC (Scalable Video Coding), with 3X HD multipoint video
    call capacity for greater scalability, dramatically lower TCO, superior
    performance, and backwards- and forwards-compatibility to protect customer
    investments—all available through a software update
  *Polycom® RealPresence® Collaboration Server 800s, Virtual Edition, the
    industry’s first multi-protocol (SVC and AVC), integrated software MCU
    that runs on industry-standard servers
  *Updated Polycom® RealPresence® Desktop 2.0 Software for PCs and laptops,
    and Polycom® RealPresence® Mobile 2.0 for tablets and smartphones includes
    new Polycom user interface (UI) for ease of use and now support both AVC
    and SVC protocols
  *New Polycom® RealPresence® Group Series solutions leverage new UI,
    patent-pending SmartPairing™ technology, and offer the industry’s best HD
    video (up to 1080p60 resolution), content sharing, crystal-clear audio
  *Polycom extends firewall traversal and security options with Polycom®
    RealPresence® Access Director™, vastly improving capacity and supported
    protocols for improved B2B and B2C connectivity
  *New mid-market solutions make feature-rich video collaboration more
    affordable, and easier to use and manage

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- December 18, 2012

Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM), the global leader in open standards-based
unified communications and collaboration (UC&C), today announced general
availability of a wave of breakthrough solutions unveiled on October 8 that
are designed to accelerate widespread adoption of video collaboration.

The solutions available for purchase today deliver the industry’s best
end-to-end solution and include: the first open standards-based SVC support
through enhancements to the Polycom® RealPresence® Platform; Polycom®
RealPresence® Collaboration Server 800s, Virtual Edition – the industry’s
first multi-protocol, integrated software MCU that runs on industry-standard
servers; new and updated video collaboration endpoints including Polycom®
RealPresence® Desktop 2.0 software (for PCs and laptops), Polycom®
RealPresence® Mobile 2.0 software, and Polycom® RealPresence Group® 300 and
500 solutions; and Polycom® RealPresence® Access Director™ technology.
Polycom® RealPresence® Collaboration Server 800s, Virtual Edition, along with
various new customized Platform offerings and next-generation Polycom®
RealPresence® video endpoints, are part of a new mid-market portfolio.

The announcement furthers Polycom’s aggressive initiative to bring to market
next-generation UC&C solutions refined over two years of intensive R&D.
Delivered on schedule, Polycom’s new solutions offer the highest quality audio
and video experience across an array of infrastructure components and user
environments.

“In October, Polycom’s announcements of breakthrough solutions raised the bar
on enabling people to collaborate face-to-face over video, securely and
reliably, no matter where they are located or what device or platform they
want to use,” said Sudhakar Ramakrishna, President of Products and Services,
Polycom. “Now we’re delivering on the vision we set out just a few weeks ago
by bringing to market UC&C solutions that are simple to use, built around open
standards, designed for enterprises and mid-sized companies, and giving users
the best video collaboration experience. Furthermore, for the first time in
the industry, we are enabling mixed SVC and AVC video environments without a
gateway, allowing customers to increase scalability and dramatically reduce
TCO.”

SVC Support on RealPresence Platform

Polycom is helping to make quality video collaboration accessible and
ubiquitous by incorporating support for the industry’s first implementation of
open standards-based H.264 Scalable Video Coding (SVC) technology into the
Polycom RealPresence Platform. Polycom’s native support for SVC on the
RealPresence Platform delivers 3X HD multipoint capacity for greater
scalability and dramatically lower TCO, higher quality video performance, and
long-term investment protection by providing backwards- and forwards-
compatibility and interoperability without the need for expensive gateways or
hardware. Scalability is important to customers as they bring video
collaboration to more employees and onto more devices, such as PCs and
tablets.

“Every day, more of our employees discover that communicating and
collaborating face-to-face over video helps them get more done sooner, and
improves their work-life balance by reducing business travel,” said Dan Van
Roekel, Telehealth Technology Manager at Sanford Health, the largest medical
facility in the Fargo, North Dakota and Sioux Falls, South Dakota regions,
dedicated to the work of healing. “Now we’re able to upgrade our Polycom
RealPresence infrastructure to support SVC. This is huge, not only because it
is interoperable with our current video investments and gives us much more
capacity, but because it also allows us to deliver the best quality video
experience across all our user environments, including desktops, mobile
devices, and group video systems.”

The open standards-based SVC algorithm provides a multi-layered data structure
that allows systems to adapt to networks to enhance the resolution, frame
rate, and quality of video streams, and increase error resiliency, all without
requiring excessive bandwidth or administrative intervention. This includes
SVC enabling a video stream to be reduced in size automatically if there is a
reduction in throughput (e.g., a connectivity bottleneck), allowing the viewer
of a video meeting to keep the connection at a slightly lower resolution
instead of getting a pause or a video freeze.

SVC support is available through software updates to components of the
RealPresence Platform, including Polycom® RealPresence® Collaboration Server
7.8 (RMX), Polycom® RealPresence® Virtualization Manager 5.1 (DMA), and
Polycom® RealPresence® Resource Manager 7.1 systems.

New Mid-Market Solutions

To address the unique needs of mid-sized organizations – including support for
SVC and future protocols, and the ability to accommodate desktop and mobile
environments – Polycom is delivering solutions configured and priced for
organizations starting out with video, but still offering scalability to add
users as companies grow.

  *Polycom RealPresence Collaboration Server 800s, Virtual Edition. Polycom
    has delivered Polycom RealPresence Collaboration Server 800s, Virtual
    Edition – the industry’s first multi-protocol, integrated software MCU
    that runs on an industry-standard server, connecting video systems using
    the open standards-based SVC protocol with video systems using other
    protocols, such as AVC, to the same meeting without expensive gateways or
    extra licenses that add cost and induce risk. The open-standards based SVC
    solution is backwards- and forwards- compatible, and results in a 3X HD
    multipoint video capacity increase for greater scalability and
    dramatically lower TCO. The solution is ideal for mid-sized enterprises as
    well as larger organizations with branch offices and represents a
    significant step forward in delivering virtualized video collaboration
    from the datacenter for even greater flexibility and ROI.
  *Support 100 Devices with RealPresence Resource Manager. The mid-market
    version of the Polycom RealPresence Resource Manager system allows smaller
    organizations to cost-effectively provision, monitor, and manage their
    video collaboration network.
  *Support 50 Concurrent Calls with RealPresence Virtualization Manager.
    Organizations now can intelligently route up to 50 concurrent voice and
    video calls based on priority, bandwidth availability, and class of
    service in an affordable mid-market configuration of the Polycom
    RealPresence Virtualization Manager 5.1 (DMA) system.
  *Polycom portfolio of mid-market solutions also includes various endpoints
    such as the new RealPresence Group 300 solution for huddle rooms;
    RealPresence Desktop 2.0 software for PCs and laptops, and RealPresence
    Mobile 2.0 software, delivering easy-to-use video solutions at affordable
    prices.

Polycom RealPresence Desktop 2.0, RealPresence Mobile 2.0, and RealPresence
Group Series

Updated Polycom RealPresence Desktop 2.0 software for PCs and laptops and
Polycom RealPresence Mobile 2.0 software for tablets and smartphones extend
video beyond conference rooms, enabling organizations to deliver video
collaboration to more users in more environments. The updated software
applications feature the new Polycom user experience, Polycom UX™, the
industry’s best user experience with more than 20 new user innovations and
features, including a completely redesigned UI. Through the Polycom
RealPresence Platform, the RealPresenceDesktop and RealPresenceMobile
solutions are SVC-enabled.

  *PolycomRealPresenceDesktop 2.0is affordable, enterprise-quality video
    collaborationsoftware application for PCs and laptops. The system
    includes features such as corporate directory search for other video
    users, the ability to select a specific application for content sharing,
    and far-end (remote) camera control.
  *Polycom RealPresenceMobile 2.0is Polycom’s award-winning software
    application that lets customers securely extend the use of video
    collaboration beyond the conference room to easily connect tablets and
    smartphones (iOS and Android devices) with other standards-based video
    systems. Now available for more than a dozen devices, the updated app
    includes the new patent-pending Polycom SmartPairing™ technology
    wirelessly connects Apple iPads to the RealPresence Group Series and
    enhanced HDX 3.1 series, letting users control video meetings with their
    tablets and transfer a live video call from their tablet to a big screen
    with the swipe of a finger (watch a related video). For iPad users,
    additional features include content sharing and far-end camera control
    (seevideo and related press release).

"Polycom's latest solutions really stand out. RealPresence Mobile 2.0 software
is so easy to install and use, and it's integrated with Active Directory, and
everyone on staff has an Active Directory account, so setting up a video call
is no big deal," said Steve O’Brien, director of data center operations,
Jefferson County (Jeffco) Public Schools. "In the past three days, 51 percent
of the people who logged into a video conference were using the RealPresence
Mobile 2.0 app on an iPad, and 49 percent were using RealPresence Desktop 2.0
solutions. Once people see how this makes their own lives better, more often
than not, they're downloading the RealPresence Mobile app, asking for a
software license for their PC, or wanting to use a room video system.”

(Read full customer press release)

Last month, Polycom made available the 300 and 500 models of the new Polycom
RealPresence Group Series, designed for smaller environments such as “huddle”
rooms, and medium-sized areas such as classrooms and conference rooms,
respectively. The new RealPresence Group Series solutions also feature the new
Polycom user experience, the Polycom UX, including the new UI, SmartPairing
technology capabilities, and the industry’s best HD video (up to 1080p60
resolution), content sharing, and crystal-clear audio.

Polycom RealPresence Access Director

With the availability of the new Polycom RealPresence Access Director
solution, Polycom makes it easier for users, inside or outside the firewall,
to video conference safely with anyone in the organization, whether they are
in a secure environment at the office or an unsecure environment at home or on
the go. Integrated with the RealPresence Platform virtualization and resource
management solutions, RealPresence Access Director brings cost-effective,
highly scalable conferencing to applications such as B2B, B2C, and
intra-company collaboration.

Availability

RealPresence Collaboration Suite 800s, Virtual Edition is now available.
Polycom RealPresence Desktop software is available for PC users today and will
be available for Mac users in 2013. Polycom RealPresence Mobile 2.0 software
is available today as a free download from the Apple AppStore™andGoogle
Play; support for SmartPairing will be available on the iPad® 2 and the new
iPad later this month. RealPresence Access Director is available in
configurations that scale from medium office to large enterprise environments.
RealPresence Group 300 and 500 solutions have been available since November.
The midmarket versions of the RealPresence Resource Manager and the
RealPresence Virtualization Manager systems are now available. Contact your
local Polycom sales representative or channel partner for pricing information.

About Polycom

Polycom is the global leader in open standards-based unified communications
and collaboration (UC&C) solutions for voice and video collaboration, trusted
by more than 415,000 customers around the world. Polycom solutions are powered
by the Polycom® RealPresence® Platform, comprehensive software infrastructure
and rich APIs that interoperate with the broadest set of communication,
business, mobile and cloud applications and devices to deliver secure
face-to-face video collaboration in any environment. Polycom and its ecosystem
of over 7,000 partners provide truly unified communications solutions that
deliver the best user experience, highest multi-vendor interoperability, and
lowest TCO.Visit www.polycom.com or connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, and
LinkedIn to learn how we’re pushing the greatness of human collaboration
forward.

NOTE: The product plans, specifications, and descriptions herein are provided
for information only and subject to change without notice, and are provided
without warranty of any kind, express or implied. Polycom reserves the right
to modify future product plans at any time. Products and related
specifications referenced herein are not guaranteed and will be delivered on a
when and if available basis.

© 2012 Polycom, Inc. All rights reserved. POLYCOM®, the Polycom logo, and the
names and marks associated with Polycom’s products are trademarks and/or
service marks of Polycom, Inc. and are registered and/or common law marks in
the United States and various other countries. All other trademarks are
property of their respective owners.

This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the
"safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of
1995 regarding future events, including statements regarding product
availability and Polycom's new solutions transforming the video collaboration
industry and accelerating widespread adoption of video and universal access.
These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that
may cause actual results to differ materially, including the impact of
competition on our product sales and for our customers and partners; the
impact of increased competition due to consolidation in our industry or
competition from companies that are larger or that have greater resources than
we do; our ability to bring our new products and offerings to market in a
timely manner due to engineering, manufacturing or other delays; changing
market demands; potential fluctuations in results and future growth rates;
continuing disruption to the business due to the realignment of the North
America sales organization; risks associated with general economic conditions
and external market factors; the market acceptance of our products and
changing market demands, including demands for differing technologies or
product and services offerings; our ability to successfully integrate our
acquisitions into our business; possible delays in the development,
availability and shipment of new products; increasing costs and differing uses
of capital; changes in key personnel that may cause disruption to the
business; our inability to achieve the expected results from adjustments being
made to our expense profile; the impact of restructuring actions; and the
impact of global conflicts and changing laws that may adversely impact our
business. Many of these risks and uncertainties are discussed in the Company's
Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2012, and in
other reports filed by Polycom with the SEC. Polycom disclaims any intent or
obligations to update these forward-looking statements.

Contact:

Polycom, Inc.
Ellen Topp, +1 408-586-4041
ellen.topp@polycom.com
 
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