Juniper, Polycom forge telepresence, video-conferencing alliance

Joint venture announced Monday is designed to compete with Cisco after its recent acquisition of Tandberg and bring companies inexpensive video-conferencing services.

Juniper Networks and Polycom have teamed on a joint telepresence and video-conferencing offering that's designed to serve as a counterweight to Cisco Systems and its recent acquisition of Tandberg .

In a statement Monday, Juniper and Polycom said they will optimize their platforms so service providers can offer video and telepresence cheaply. The argument: it's cheaper for enterprises to deploy telepresence as a service from their network providers instead of building out their own networks.

The deal with Juniper highlights Polycom's partnership strategy. Polycom last week announced a global reseller agreement with Siemens. Polycom also highlighted a telepresence demo with IBM at CES 2010. The aim for Polycom: forge partnerships that allow it to surround Cisco and its recent acquisition of Tandberg.

Read more of "Juniper, Polycom forge telepresence, video-conferencing alliance" at ZDNet's Between the Lines.

 

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