Juniper, Polycom forge alliance

Juniper Networks and Polycom have teamed on a joint telepresence and videoconferencing offering that’s designed to serve as a counterweight to Cisco Systems and its recent acquisition of Tandberg.

In a statement Monday, Juniper and Polycom said they will optimize their platforms so service providers can offer video and telepresence cheaply. The argument: it’s cheaper for enterprises to deploy telepresence as a service from their network providers instead of building out their own networks.