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Fast Convergence Counts

Video compression formats typically use a technique known as ‘difference coding’ by comparing the difference between the current video frame with the preceding frame. This ensures that information which does not change (e.g. static background) is not repeatedly transmitted. To reduce network bandwidth, video is highly compressed, but losses affect quality. Watch this short video and see the impact of packet loss, jitter and delay on video.

Cisco IT Deploys Medianet

December 20, 2011 at 6:00 am PST

In August, Jawahar Sivasankaran blogged about how Cisco IT is using medianet to help them handle the “video avalanche”. Now you can learn more details about the medianet deployment at Cisco in the case study “How Cisco IT Is Deploying a Medianet Architecture to Support Pervasive Video Adoption.”   Read full blog.

The Right Network Can Lower Your Total Cost of Ownership

You need to consider more than the purchase price when building the network that runs your business

As a small or mid-size business, you need to make your dollars stretch. But when it comes to investing in the network that runs your business, saving money on the purchase price can cost you more over time—at least 20-35 percent over a three-year timeframe. You need to consider the total cost of ownership (TCO) of the equipment you’re purchasing, including implementation, network downtime, and security breaches.

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Cisco Releases the 2011 Annual Security Report

December 14, 2011 at 11:41 am PST

Organizations are faced with providing security for employees that are rapidly adopting new technology in their personal and professional lives and expect their work environments and employers to do the same. As the data from the new Cisco 2011 Annual Security Report and the Cisco Connected World Technology Report Chapter 3 show, organizations that do not or cannot provide that type of environment are at risk of losing the ability to compete for those employees and business opportunities. If employers attempt to block, deny, or forbid mobile devices, social networks, instant communications, and new technologies in the work place employees will likely ignore the policies or, even worse, find ways around them that open your environment to unrealized risks.  Read full blog.

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The People Behind Medianet

December 12, 2011 at 7:30 pm PST

You have been following the medianet blogs for a while and you may have seen the medianet team member’s profile in these blogs. Now you have a chance to meet two of them:  Ulrica de Fort-Menares who runs the medianet program and  Aamer Akhter who is a technical marketing engineer.

Read full blog and watch 2-minute video interview.