A key driver for UC growth in 2012 is the continued adoption of video, which is placing increased demand on networks. At the same time, getting a video delivery properly setup on a network isn’t a trivial task.
“What we’re doing is releasing two primary ways to bring video to market, they’re both designed to deliver video-based UC using Polycom and Microsoft technologies,” Mike Nielsen, director, Solution Marketing at HP Networking told InternetNews.com.
The first solution is a new bundled offering called the HP AppSystem for Microsoft Lync. The AppSystem is pre-configured set of HP hardware with software that is intended to provide an all-in-one system experience. HP first starting pushing the AppSystem model in June of 2011 with database consolidation and Vertica Analytics systems.
The AppSystem for Lync includes an HP rack, servers and storage as well as an F5 Big-IP load balancer. For video, the bundle will include a Polycom RMX conferencing platform. On the services side, HP has a network services assessment for voice and video to optimize deployments. According to Dragana Beara, virtual workplace solutions lead at HP Technology Consulting, the AppSystem approach simplifies deployment.
“Lync is one of the most widely used unified communications platforms in the market,” Beara told InternetNews.com. “We’re hoping to get some customers that had been holding back on voice and video to get re-assured that it is something that can be leveraged for their own business.”