Polycom has acquired HP's video conferencing unit as part of a wider strategic alliance under which Polycom products will be the sole video products resold by HP.
Under the deal, Polycom will acquire HP's Halo and managed services units, and will take on the management of 425 companies using HP's technology across 36 countries. It will also become the sole supplier of video systems to HP internally.
Sudhakar Ramakrishna, general manager of unified communications at Polycom, reassured HP customers that they will see benefits from the acquisition, which is scheduled to close on 1 August.
"We've already started working out how we can make Halo systems interoperable with all of Polycom's portfolio, and we are building roadmaps to create a complete end-to-end portfolio of products between HP and Polycom," he said.
Polycom will make its video applications available for HP's WebOS platform as the company seeks to strengthen its position in the mobile telepresence market, having previously partnered with Samsung to provide inbuilt applications for its Galaxy Tab.
Shane Robinson, chief technology officer at HP, said that the firm had committed to providing a Polycom application on its TouchPad tablet within the next 90 days, for a third-quarter release.
Polycom also announced an extension to its strategic alliance with Microsoft to develop a desktop- and room-based product called Rally that will sit on Microsoft's Lync platform. Rally will be available from the fourth quarter of 2011.
Gurdeep Singh Pall, corporate vice president at Microsoft, said that Rally will increase desktop workers' use of video by providing integration with Polycom's video technology.
"We've been working together to bring meeting room system unified communications to Lync, and Rally is the next step by bringing together the familiarity of the Lync experience with the high-definition video quality provided by Polycom," he said.
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