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Middle East, 5 February 2011: FVC, Polycom’s authorised Value Added Distributor in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), has announced that it is embarking on a GCC-wide road show to launch of a full suite of HD voice, video, Telepresence and infrastructure solutions from Polycom that will natively run Lync, the UC solutions from Microsoft. Joined by Jabra, the week-long road show will kick off in Oman on 5th February 2011 and finish in Abu Dhabi on 9th February 2011.

Businesses in the five countries will see a solution that unites Microsoft UC platforms – Microsoft® Lync™, Microsoft Exchange Server, and Microsoft SharePoint® Server – with Polycom’s high-quality, highly scalable voice and video collaboration solutions to enable life-like communications in enterprise and business-to-business (B2B) environments.

“Polycom today provides a complete, standards-based, and interoperable UC solution for voice, video, conferencing, and collaboration, giving customers a choice through the scalable Polycom infrastructure and Microsoft Lync platform,” said Charles James, Microsoft Alliance Director at Polycom. “We look forward to engaging with customers to give them a sense of on how we are supporting the transformation of business communication at the roadshow in partnership with Microsoft.”

“As a VAD committed to bringing emerging technologies to our enterprise customers, this road show will give businesses in the region an exclusive opportunity to learn more about how Polycom leverages Microsoft Lync to meet the needs for real-time collaboration,” said Dharmendra Parmar, FVC’s General Manager – Marketing. “The solutions give enterprises access to an integrated solution that enable its employees to communicate with their customers from anywhere in a cost-effective and secure manner.”

Polycom solutions integrate with Microsoft Lync without gateways, making them easy to deploy, manage, and use. They are the only company to offer a complete line of standards-based, fully interoperable voice, video, and Telepresence solutions for Microsoft environments. With Microsoft and Polycom, people can now communicate using familiar applications they use every day and move easily between them, adding rich voice and video to IM, e-mail, calendars, and more.  Polycom voice and video solutions for Microsoft Lync support system-wide secure authentication and media encryption, securing calls inside and outside the network. With Microsoft’s Active Directory® solution, people have access to a common directory across Microsoft applications and Polycom solutions, reducing the time and effort required to deploy and manage communications.

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