One of the greatest changes to enterprise businesses in the past decade has to be the introduction of video conferencing. Allowing large companies to cut travel costs, boost productivity and improve collaboration between teams has made it possible for businesses to become even more widespread while maintaining ever-improving connections. But what about smaller companies?

With traditional deployment options, video conferencing implementations required an expensive investment and a large involvement of the IT department. For small to medium companies looking to scale with video conferencing, this barrier to entry made things difficult.

Thankfully, Polycom’s Video Border Proxy (VBP) is back!

The Polycom VBP is currently used in small to medium enterprises (SME) around the world but hasn’t been available for new implementations for a while – until now. The product offers the security and quality of service solutions for video. It is designed to make sure that video sessions are secure, valid and performing well. The most important feature of the VBP is its low entry cost and ability to scale up with the organization.

VBP Implementations

The low barrier to entry of the VBP comes from several features that differentiate it from other video conferencing infrastructure solutions. Unlike other solutions that require a complete re-architecture of your network, the VBP is a standalone, efficient solution. VBP’s plug-n-play architecture is designed to be integrated into your network either in parallel or in series with your existing security devices to meet your security policies and seamlessly support your video requirements.

The ability to start small is a huge advantage of providing the VBP to smaller companies. Implementations can start as low as five sessions. For companies trying to avoid a heavy IT burden, the VBP provides tools and integrations for managing complex, heterogeneous communications environments without IT’s technical knowledge.

Mobile Security

In today’s business environment, employees are constantly on the move, and the ability to work from a handheld device becomes critical. Video conferencing on the go is a norm, but must function as seamlessly as it would in a standard office environment. The VBP enables mobile video to smart phones, tablets and laptops, facilitating secure connections regardless of location or device.

Ability to Scale

Every solution an SME chooses for their business needs to be able to support the growth of the company. The VBP provides long-term flexibility with the capacity to scale to 100 calls in a standalone deployment, and can easily be integrated with other equipment and software. No matter the direction the infrastructure’s growth takes, the VBP can adapt with interoperability between audio/video bridges, collaboration software, call control devices, and network security elements.

Proactive Performance Solution

Some service providers, when developing call and conferencing solutions, use the VBP as a customer satisfaction solution when there are technical issues to overcome and/or the customer desires mobile video conferencing. Providers that deploy a VBP with video conferencing equipment are able to ensure their customers have a good video experience from the start.

For enterprise companies, high-end multipoint telepresence, room systems and enterprise-grade infrastructure solutions are the best way to meet stringent security and quality of experience criteria. For smaller companies, they are a barrier to leveraging the benefits of true business class communications. For SMEs that have been evaluating video conferencing solutions starting at 25+ sessions that don’t fit their businesses size, the news that VBP is back is great! With a highly affordable way to enter and the ability to scale, businesses will be able to connect and grow.

To learn more about the Polycom VBP, click here.


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LaVonda Huskey is a Product Marketing Manager at ScanSource with over 15 years marketing experience, with 6 of those years blogging about all things ScanSource.

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