Exeter, Rhode Island, April 10, 2012 — NWN Carousel, a leader in cloud-based data center networking and converged communications, announced that it has been named by Polycom (Nasdaq: PLCM), the global leader in standards-based communications (UC), as a Platinum Level Polycom Choice Partner. Separately, Carousel was also recognized as System Integrator of the Year in North America during Polycom’s TEAM Polycom Partner Awards, which were held in Orlando, FL last week.

The Platinum Level designation indicates that NWN Carousel has made the investments in its technical expertise and go-to-market capabilities required to address the complex needs of today’s UC customers. Platinum Level Polycom Choice Partners also must have met the program’s exacting standards, including achieving and maintaining specialization in multiple areas. The TEAM Polycom Partner Awards, meanwhile, recognize partners that have demonstrated business excellence in selling Polycom’s award winning solutions and services over the past year. Award recipients must demonstrate outstanding customer impact, solution innovation and effective implementation of Polycom solutions in their customer engagements.

“We have worked very hard to achieve the Platinum status within Polycom and are also honored to have been named System Integrator of the Year,” said James Marsh, senior vice president, NWN Carousel. “The relationship we have with Polycom is integral to our visual communication and collaboration strategy and will be a key contributor to our success within our video practice. Polycom shares the same business values and partnership ideals as we do at Carousel. We look forward to a long and successful relationship.”

Carousel joins an elite few partners in North America that have provided the commitment and revenue growth required to be at the highest end of the Polycom Choice spectrum of partners. With a unique value proposition that includes unified communications, audio/video and visual communications design and integration expertise, Carousel has positioned itself as a leader in unified communications and video solutions in North America. Only about a dozen Polycom partners in North America meet the stringent requirements to become Platinum-recognized. Carousel exceeded Polycom’s requirements, earning Platinum status just days before being named 2012 Polycom System Integrator of the Year at the TEAM Polycom 2012 conference.

“The Polycom Choice Partner Program gives customers the confidence that, by choosing Carousel and Polycom, they’re selecting a world-class team to help them design and implement a world-class UC solution,” said Ron Myers, senior vice president, Global Channels at Polycom. “By collaborating with Polycom as a Platinum Level Choice Partner, Carousel can deliver UC solutions that power greater productivity and smarter conversations, transforming lives and businesses in the process.”

Winner of CRN Magazine’s 5-Star Partner Program Award, Polycom’s Choice Partner Program emphasizes skills development, specialization, and other value added activities that help partners support the needs of their customers and improve the customer experience. For more information, visit the Polycom Choice Partner Program website.

About Carousel

NWN Carousel designs, delivers and supports technology solutions that become the foundation of our clients’ businesses. This includes unified communications, managed services, virtualization, Voice over IP (VoIP), video conferencing and collaboration and data infrastructure solutions. Since Carousel was founded in 1992 we’ve grown an average of 30% – 50% per year with estimated 2011 revenues of approximately $300 million. Today we have over 5,000 customers, including 35 of the Fortune 100. Carousel has been recognized by both VAR and CRN Magazines as one of the top technology integrators in the US and we’ve been listed in the Inc. 500/5000 seven times.

Carousel is headquartered in Exeter, RI with over 1,000 employees working from offices in 27 locations across the US, including over 250 service technicians deployed across the country. For more information visit nwncarousel.linchpin.dev.

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 organizations 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.com or connect with Polycom on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

Jeff Touzeau
Public Relations
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