HP Halo vs Polycom

HP Halo
HP Halo is a state-of-the-art telepresence solution that brings meeting attendees from around the globe into an environment that feels as if they are in the same room. The only telepresence offering that runs on a private network designed specifically for video collaboration Delivers fully duplexed audio, company-to-company connections via the Halo network and 24/7 support with concierge service. HP Halo acquired by Polycom
Collaborate anywhere, anytime, with anyone using Polycom video, voice, and content-sharing solutions. One-touch ease; audio and video with crystal-clear quality; enterprise-grade security, reliability and scalability. Polycom solutions give you the flexibility to meet and collaborate with colleagues, partners, and customers in any environment―immersive theater, conference room, work office, home office, or on-the-go. Wherever you are, wherever you go.
HP Halo vs Polycom in our news:

2018 - Polycom launched Cloud Services for Enterprise

Polycom is expanding its cloud capabilities for enterprises with Polycom Cloud Services. It's a unified cloud solution that initially is focusing on giving enterprises the tools to easily provision and manage the myriad voice and video endpoints that are in conference rooms around the world. The vendor’s Polycom Device Management Services (PDMS) is aimed at enabling enterprises to manage those devices, measure their performance and troubleshoot any issues that arise. With the service, customers are able to provision, update and secure tens of thousands of desk and conference room phones. PDMS initially will be available for audio systems, but Polycom officials expect to expand its support to video conferencing devices by the end of the year. Thus Polycom becomes more cloud-friendly than Vidyo

2016 - Mitel acquired Polycom for $1.96B to strike back at LifeSize

Canadian enterprise communications provider Mitel announced that it would acquire Polycom in a cash-and-stock deal with a total value of $1.96 billion. Polycom will continue to keep its branding. Both companies compete against the likes of Cisco and Avaya. Mitel is perhaps best known for its IP telephony solutions, including PBX systems, while Polycom is a leader in conferencing services. They also cover SIP technology, and customers span 82% of Fortune 500 companies. The deal is one of the bigger in enterprise collaboration and communication collaboration in recent times.

2011 - Polycom buys HP's videoconferencing business to take on ClearOne

Polycom HP Halo

In 2009 Cisco acquired the leading videoconferencing provider Tandberg and get too much power in this market. And of course, the competitors had to do something with that. At first the rumors appeared that HP would buy the second largest market player - Polycom. But it turned out that Polycom is more interested and more solid in the videoconferencing market than HP. Yesterday Polycom announced that it will buy HP's video conferencing business for $89 million. HP is mainly focused on high-end telepresence systems, sold under the Halo brand. They will organically supplement the Polycom's mainly low-end video conferencing solutions. However, according to the market experts, the main competition will take place not between the two giants Cisco and Polycom, but between the two approaches to videoconferencing. First - is expensive hardware systems (Cisco and Polycom) and the second - cheap and mobile Internet services (Microsoft Skype, Google Talk, GoToMeeting).

2009 - HP SkyRoom to rival Skype and Webex to strike back at Polycom

HP SkyRoom

It's generally known, that Hewlett-Packard produces the complex telepresence and collaboration system Halo. It costs almost half a million dollars and occupies a whole conference room. But as the rich customers die out, HP is going to target the small business market with its new HP SkyRoom. It's a p2p application (like Skype) for videoconferencing and collaboration. Unlike Skype it supports up to 4 concurrent users that can share video, documents, applications, 3d-content, files, streaming video and whiteboard. SkyRoom is a business-class system. First, video quality and screen-sharing speed is very high. Of course, it requires a powerful computer and broad internet channel (at least Core 2 Duo 2.33 GHz, 2 GB, 1Mbit channel). Second, it provides a high level of security by encrypting all streams of media—audio, video, and data.

Unlike Webex, SkyRoom can support multiple monitors. I.e. you can see your co-workers on one screen and shared document or application on another. SkyRoom has no inbuilt text chat and online status indication, but can be smoothly integrated with MS Office Communications Server and Jabber for these needs. To plan a meeting, it can create appointments in MS Outlook.

Of course, it's not a freeware, but it's rather affordable. One-user SkyRoom license costs $149 (one time fee). Yes, it's more expansive than Skype's $0, but cheaper than Webex's $59 per month.