Polycom has unveiled a new conferencing service called Clariti that is designed with ease-of-use in mind by offering the ability to be hosted in the cloud and to scale user numbers quickly and easily without any hardware requirements.
The service can be deployed in public cloud environments or via a firm’s own cloud network, as well as on-premise if required, and can be paid for on a subscription model or perpetual basis.
Polycom solutions marketing manager Pat Finlayson told V3 that offering the service in this way is designed to make it as easy as possible for businesses to get up and running with collaboration tools.
“The great thing about Clariti is that customers can deploy it as they want, so they just buy the software licence and that’s it. They get all the extras included if they want them, and they can host it in any environment they want,” she explained.
One feature that Polycom is promoting with Clariti is the ability to "burst" usage requirements when deployed in the cloud, so that call quality does not suffer if data requirements suddenly increase.
Finlayson explained that this is important for companies that do not always know their capacity requirements but don’t want to have to pay for extra capacity that may be used only once or twice a year.
“With the Clariti cloud burst service you can just pay a one-off licence to enable it to burst. So if, for example, you have 400 connections on one day rather than 200, it bursts automatically to host that, all in the background,” she said.
“This means that customers have a fully flexible system without having to pay for it all the time. This is something that many large and small customers have requested.”
The service is available to order now with pricing from £800 per connection, whih includes all key features as well as maintenance and Skype for Business integration. It also offers a 90 day trial of recording and streaming tools.
Clariti also features support for Polycom’s RealConnect technology that allows interoperability with Skype for Business, in a move to further broaden the collaboration on offer.
Video calling services are becoming increasingly common in business thanks in part to the rise of consumer video services such as Skype and FaceTime on mobile devices.
Skype has just celebrated turning 10 and is offering free group calling across iPhone, Android and Windows 10 devices in another move that could boost business use of video collaboration.
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