Polycom and HP make nice after Cisco kicked to curb

Polycom (www.polycom.com) and HP (www.hp.com) have announced one of those expanded global agreement deals.   HP will be selling Polycom’s complete portfolio of voice and video technologies, as well as conducting joint go-to-market activity and future joint technology development.

Under the agreement, Polycom video and voice solutions for UC and stand-alone operations will be sold and delivered through HP as part of the company’s Unified Communications and Collaboration Services portfolio, so customers will get HP’s system integration experience.  The two companies will also “deliver interoperability” between Polycom’s telepresence and video conferencing (vconf) solutions and HP’s Halo telepresence product.

The agreement also “furthers” relationships between both hardware-based companies and providers such as Avaya and Microsoft, including Polycom’s voice and video solutions for Avaya and Microsoft UC environments and the brand spanking-new portfolio of Polycom VoIP phones for Microsoft Office Communication Server “Wave 14” announced today.

HP and Cisco were partnered up on a variety of solutions, but then Cisco started selling servers and HP started selling routers and both figured out that being friends was no longer a Good Thing.

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