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  • 10 May 2012 14:11

Polycom Transforms HomeAway to a Video Collaboration Culture to Efficiently Operate Its Vacation Rental Business Spanning More Than 640,000 Rental Properties in 168 Countries

HomeAway improves productivity and efficiency with video-based collaboration for employees at 20 locations in eight countries

Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM), the global leader in open standards-based unified communications (UC), has announced that HomeAway, the world's largest online marketplace for vacation rentals, is using Polycom RealPresence video collaboration solutions to transform its culture to video collaboration, allowing employees to communicate visually, face-to-face across its many distributed business locations. The video solution includes the Polycom® RealPresence™ Platform, along with video systems to connect employees and clients across various environments ranging from conference rooms to work offices to home offices to mobile or field offices. Video collaboration is allowing HomeAway to pursue its goals of faster and more effective collaboration to increase organisational productivity and reduce operating costs.

“We live and breathe video collaboration – it’s fundamental to our culture,” said David O’Rourke, senior manager, global IT, HomeAway. “We have Polycom deployed across four continents and conduct videoconferences every day. A key component of our video collaboration strategy is the use of mobile devices like the iPad 2 or the new iPad to increase the productivity of remote personnel, whether they are in their living room, on the road or in a vacation rental property. Polycom has made it all possible with secure and reliable HD video that enables our distributed team to have face-to-face conversations from anywhere. We can even show each other video of new properties in real time. Polycom’s platform is breaking down time and distance barriers and helping fuel our growth by allowing our people to meet anywhere at any time.”

When HomeAway first began usingvideo conferencing, the company turned to common consumer services. However, the company’s business has grown dramatically and HomeAway now has a customer base with listings that span more than 168 countries, offering more than 640,000 vacation rental homes across a portfolio of high-traffic websites such as HomeAway.com and VRBO.com. As HomeAway grew, the company realised it needed a more reliable, scalable and secure video collaboration solution to bring together employees in 20 different locations worldwide.

HomeAway chose the Polycom RealPresence Platform due to its robust provisioning, management, scalability, reliability and security. Built on open standards, the RealPresence Platform interoperates with the industry’s broadest range of communications applications. This interoperability protects customers’ existing investments by ensuring backwards- and forwards-compatibility with existing, as well as new and future communication and collaboration systems. Because of Polycom’s focus on interoperability, the RealPresence Platform transforms islands of employees and fragmented communications systems into a seamless video enterprise, which makes enterprise-grade video easily and securely accessible to all authorised personnel whether they’re mobile, remote, or on-site.

HomeAway’s implementation also includes Polycom® HDX® Series room telepresence systems featuring the Polycom® EagleEye Director for immersive video collaboration as well as Polycom’s desktop and mobile offerings. Polycom® RealPresence™ Mobile, introduced in late 2011, extends the reach of video collaboration beyond the office, enabling mobile employees to participate in group or one-on-one video meetings on the device of their choice. HomeAway is continuing to move aggressively to expand its use of video collaboration on mobile devices and expects to have more than 250 Polycom-enabled mobile devices in use by the end of 2012.

The HomeAway staff uses Polycom for many aspects of internal communications, from all-hands meetings to professionaldevelopment. The company has found that face-to-face interaction through rich video communication is helping foster a culture of collaboration, innovation and streamlined decision making.

About Polycom

Polycom is the global leader in open standards-based unified communications (UC) solutions for telepresence, video and voice powered by the Polycom RealPresence Platform. The RealPresence Platform interoperates with the broadest range of business, mobile, and social applications and devices. More than 400,000 organisations trust Polycom solutions to collaborate and meet face-to-face from any location for more productive and effective engagement with colleagues, partners, customers, specialists and prospects. Polycom, together with its broad partner ecosystem, provides customers with the best total cost of ownership, interoperability,scalability and security for video collaboration, whether on-premises, hosted, or cloud-delivered. Visit www.polycom.asiaor connect with Polycom on Twitter, Facebookand LinkedIn.

About HomeAway, Inc.

HomeAway, Inc., based in Austin, Texas, is the world’s leading online marketplace of vacation rentals, with sites representing more than 640,000 paid vacation rental home listings throughout 168 countries. HomeAway® offers an extensive selection of vacation homes that provide travelers with memorable experiences and benefits, especially more room to relax, for less than the cost of traditional hotel accommodations. The company also makes it easy for vacation rental owners and property managers to advertise their properties and manage bookings online. The HomeAway portfolio of websites includes HomeAway.com, VRBO.com and VacationRentals.com in the United States; HomeAway.co.uk and OwnersDirect.co.uk in the United Kingdom;HomeAway.de in Germany; Abritel.fr and Homelidays.com in France; HomeAway.es, Toprural.com in Spain; AlugueTemporada.com.br in Brazil; and HomeAway.com.au in Australia.

In addition, HomeAway operates BedandBreakfast.com, the most comprehensive global site for finding bed-and-breakfast properties, providing travelers with another source for unique lodging alternatives to chain hotels. For more information about HomeAway, please visit www.HomeAway.com.

© 2012 Polycom, Inc. All rights reserved. POLYCOM®, the Polycom “Triangles” 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.

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