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[December 06, 2012]

Westcon Teams with Polycom to Map the Future of Unified Communications

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. and SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Further demonstrating a no boundaries approach to unified communications, Westcon Group and Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM), the global leader in open standards-based unified communications and collaboration (UC&C), today launched UC Vision 2 - a virtual and live event helping global partners and customers design more effective converged communications strategies. Westcon is a value-added distributor of category-leading unified communications, network infrastructure, data center, and security solutions with a global network of specialty resellers.

Originating from the Polycom Executive Experience Center in New York City, the event links nearly 200 partners and customers from nine cities and three countries to participate via Polycom® RealPresence® video collaboration solutions. The technology helps organizations collaborate face-to-face from any location for more productive and effective meetings.

Fueled by a proven ability to drive business efficiencies and cost savings, companies are increasingly turning to video collaboration as an effective business resource. UC Vision 2 is aimed at demonstrating the power of converged technologies in a real-world environment, helping resellers effectively guide customers through complex roll-out strategies.

"There's no doubt about it - unified communications and collaboration have become integral components of any successful business environment. Polycom's high-definition video and voice collaboration solutions help millions around the world meet with anyone, anywhere, across devices," said Ashan Willy, Polycom's Vice President of Worldwide Systems Engineering. "We're pleased to team with a thought leader like Westcon yet again, helping customers solve complex problems, generate new ideas and work together to achieve their business goals." At UC Vision 2, attendees are offered an exclusive look into the Polycom Executive Experience Center, an ideal learning environment for the latest in interoperable UC&C solutions. The event is highlighted by keynote addresses from Polycom's Ashan Willy and features a look inside real-world UC&C deployments with Westcon Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Bill Hurley.

"In meeting with customers, perhaps the number one concern is how to effectively navigate the challenges of collaboration," said Lynn Smurthwaite-Murphy, Senior Vice President US and Canada, Westcon Group. "Polycom offers some of the market's premier technologies, helping customers maximize the power of real-time collaboration. UC Vision is a great event, offering partners and customers a sneak peek into all that can be accomplished leveraging unified communications." About Westcon Group Westcon Group, Inc. is a value-added distributor of category-leading unified communications, network infrastructure, data center and security solutions with a global network of specialty resellers. Westcon's teams create unique programs and provide exceptional support to accelerate the business of its global partners. Strong relationships at every level of the Westcon Group organization enable partners to receive support tailored to their needs. From global logistics and flexible customized financing solutions to pre-sales, technical and engineering assistance, the company works with partners to respond with agility and speed to changing market conditions so they can achieve the fastest time to revenue. Westcon Group's portfolio of market-leading vendors includes: Cisco, Brocade, Fujitsu, Polycom, Juniper Networks, F5, Avaya, Check Point, and Blue Coat. For more information, please visit: www.westcongroup.com.

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About Polycom Polycom is the global leader in open standards-based unified communications and collaboration (UC&C) solutions for voice and video collaboration, trusted by more than 415,000 customers around the world. Polycom solutions are powered by the Polycom® RealPresence® Platform, comprehensive software infrastructure and rich APIs that interoperate with the broadest set of communication, business, mobile and cloud applications and devices to deliver secure face-to-face video collaboration in any environment. Polycom and its ecosystem of over 7,000 partners provide truly unified communications solutions that deliver the best user experience, highest multi-vendor interoperability, and lowest TCO. Visit www.polycom.com or connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to learn how we're pushing the greatness of human collaboration forward.

© 2012 Polycom, Inc. All rights reserved. POLYCOM®, the Polycom logo, and the names and marks associated with Polycom's products are trademarks and/or service marks of Polycom, Inc. and are registered and/or common law marks in the United States and various other countries. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

Media Contacts: Craig LibrettWestcon Group(914) 357-1747craig.librett@westcon.com Ellen Topp Polycom, Inc. (408) 586-4041 ellen.topp@polycom.com SOURCE Westcon Group

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