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ShoreTel, Polycom and HP Solutions Cooperate to Provide Best-of-Breed Unified Communications and Infrastructure

Combined offerings designed to transform delivery of simple UC and infrastructure solutions with lowest industry TCO
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SUNNYVALE, Calif., May 7, 2012 – ShoreTel® (NASDAQ; SHOR), the leading provider of brilliantly simple premise and cloud-based business phone system and communication solutions with fully integrated unified communications (UC), today announced that it is providing a promotional incentive for bundled offerings that include ShoreTel, Polycom and HP solutions, which allow implementation of complete UC solutions on a secure, resilient and flexible network infrastructure. The combined offerings are delivered via ShoreTel resellers that can design, implement and support all three products, providing customers with a single point of contact.

Communications has transformed from a basic business need of merely making and receiving phone calls into the ability to communicate, collaborate and conference – from anywhere, on any network, using any device – via a seamless voice, video, data, messaging, and mobility platform.

The combination of ShoreTel, Polycom and HP allows organizations to:

  • Simplify design and management by enabling a flexible approach that adapts to future changes while driving down the complexity of management.
  • Deliver a consistent user experience (including video, voice, IM and presence) across a variety of platforms and device types, through the right infrastructure.
  • Increase reliability and resiliency with uninterrupted availability through a flexible network and distributed unified communications architecture.

The promotional bundles give customers the flexibility to build the right solution architecture. ShoreTel is now providing a matching financial incentive for systems purchased with the Polycom and HP promotional bundles. The incentive further underscores the TCO advantage of the three companies. 

Delivering best-of-breed reliability, scalability, and ease-of-use with the lowest TCO in the industry, the bundles provide a broad portfolio, which supports a wide array of verticals and solution requirements that empower organizations to effectively and efficiently connect and collaborate with their employees, partners and customers.

“We are seeing significant customer demand for a best-of-breed built solution with a low total cost of ownership,” said Peter Blackmore, ShoreTel CEO. “Through our distributed architecture and joint promotion, we are able to further lower the cost of entry while maintaining ShoreTel’s commitment to a brilliantly simple solution.”

“Clients’ networks need to be scalable and agile to accommodate multimedia communications like voice and videoconferences across a variety of devices,” said Craig Hinkley, vice president, Americas, Networking, HP. “Through our integrated solution architecture with ShoreTel and Polycom, we are delivering an end-to-end unified communications infrastructure that is flexible and reliable for clients’ backed by support offered through a single point of contact.”

“Polycom RealPresence video collaboration solutions are transforming communications in more companies, across more industries, and in multiple use cases, from a doctor evaluating a patient, to a floor manager running a manufacturing plant, to engineers collaborating on a development team that spans multiple continents,” said Ron Myers, senior vice president of Global Channels at Polycom. “Bringing our solutions together with HP and ShoreTel delivers a best-of-breed choice for customers to truly unify unified communications.”

The offering includes on-premise, cloud and mobility solutions from ShoreTel, HP Networking solutions, and Polycom® RealPresence® video and voice solutions (including the Polycom® HDX® series of desktop and conference room video systems, Polycom® VVX™ business media phone, Polycom® RealPresence® Experience immersive theater series, and many more).


About ShoreTel, Inc.

ShoreTel, Inc., (NASDAQ: SHOR) is a leading provider of Pure IP unified communications solutions. ShoreTel enables companies of any size to seamlessly integrate all communications - voice, video, messaging and data - with their business processes. Independent of device or location, ShoreTel's distributed software architecture eliminates the traditional costs, complexity and reliability issues typically associated with other solutions. ShoreTel continues to deliver the highest levels of customer satisfaction, ease of use and manageability while driving down the overall total cost of ownership. ShoreTel is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, and has regional offices in Austin, Texas, the United Kingdom, Sydney, Australia and Munich, Germany. For more information, visit or call 1-800-425-9385.