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Lights Out On Game Day

You don’t have to be a football fanatic to feel for the 49ers at Candlestick Park on December 19th, as their nationally-televised game against the Steelers was delayed not only once, but twice, amounting to a 35-minute total delay in the game. You can expect delays due to weather in blistering cold regions, but delays in San Francisco? (And we’re long past the days of the California brown-outs…) It’s no wonder this week the PG&E CEO called it the ‘most embarrassing moment of his career.’ (See interview.) Read More »

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Deploying IPv6 in the Internet Edge

cisco validated design guides - ipv6 for the internet edgeHistorically, enterprise customers have had a mixture of deployment goals and starting points for the implementation of IPv6. These starting points very often boil down to the following:

  • Core to edge
  • Edge to core
  • Internet Edge-only

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The Right Network Helps Cut Costs by 50 Percent

Here’s an interesting case study of the right network deployed for a sleep disorder clinic. Located in the metropolitan Phoenix area, Valley Sleep Center was looking to expand from two to five locations within a year. Struggling with slow VPN connections and an outdated phone system, the company decided to upgrade its network. The result? A 50% reduction in costs. See how upgrading to the right network benefited their bottom line.

Watch this video.

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

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.