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Smarter endpoints and smarter network: An end to end Medianet becomes a reality!

April 25, 2011 at 9:12 am PST

Finally it’s here. Cisco has been working on integrating the Media Services Interface (MSI) into the WebEx Meeting Client.

For those unfamiliar with the MSI, it’s an SDK developed to enable applications to interact with a Cisco Medianet. One of the long standing challenges IT organizations have faced has been to harmonize the needs of applications and endpoints with the network services required to meet those needs. It’s been a case of ships in the night as network administrators have done their best to deliver services while having limited interaction with the endpoints and applications that leverage those services. Asking endpoints and applications to consistently implement all the networking protocols to enable them to leverage the network has often led to mixed results; inconsistent or incomplete protocol stack implementations led to interoperability issues with the burden usually falling on the end customer.

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IPV6: Asia-Pacific APNIC Zero Day

On April 15, 2011 the Asia Pacific Region ran out of IPv4 addresses.

“Wait a minute,” I hear you say, “Didn’t we already run out of IPv4 addresses?”

Yes, you have a good memory:  The IPv4 address pool was exhausted in February 2011.  The doomsayers and pundits all bemoaned the gloom and doom of the day, and experts gravely predicted the horrors of things to come.  IT publications were filled with articles, Twitter exploded with witty remarks about the coming “ARPAgeddon,” and even the mainstream media ran semi-accurate sensationalist articles on the topic.

But then something funny happened.  Nothing.  The Internet kept working.  IPv4 blocks continued to be handed out.  The dust settled and most folks went happily about their business.  How could this be so? Was it all a bunch of media hype and false alarms?  No.  February was really the early warning of the problems to come.

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Borderless Networks, Video and Medianet: It is not a matter of IF, but WHEN

The announcement earlier this week focused on the Borderless Networks services with new capabilities for Centralized Policy, Unified Management and Automated Video and Voice.  For more information on the announcement, see Marie Hattar’s blog.

Automated Video and Voice highlights the unique capabilities in the network infrastructure to simplify the deployment and optimize the network for video.

Why video? 

Because it is not a question of IF it is coming to Enterprise networks, but WHEN.   As you can see from the chart from Forrester Research (Jan. 2011) the adoption for video applications and technologies is on the significant growth path because they are adding value for businesses.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cisco IRIS Updates

Steven Boutelle, Vice President, Cisco Global Government Solutions Group would like to share some of the latest updates to the Internet Routing in Space (IRIS) program and provide an expert’s overview on where the satellite industry stands today. Watch Steven’s interview below!

To further assist in moving IRIS forward, TeleCommunications Systems, Inc. has been selected as an exclusive service provider. This is another milestone in the long-term collaboration between TCS and Cisco in an effort to move IRIS onward.

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Cisco Application Velocity – A Cisco Validated Design

Cisco Advanced Services has been involved in quite a few Data Center Migration projects over last couple of years. One common theme in most of these migrations was that the projects were never limited to infrastructure migration to shiny new devices. Statements of work almost always included improvements and customization to routing, configuration of QoS across the Data Center Interconnect and the WAN circuits, and to provide some level of instrumentation to validate the traffic flow across multiple different paths. While these requirements seem like a logical extension of any Data Center migration project, fulfilling these requirements was never straightforward.

In most of the customer environments, by looking at the Network topology, we could easily determine safe upper limits of client to server traffic. The real challenge was to determine traffic between the web front-end servers and the application and/or database servers – the east/west traffic.  Some wild assumptions were made in some cases since the data was either not available or was inadequate. This lack of network traffic profiling made QoS provisioning very difficult on WAN circuits and almost impossible on the Inter Data Center links.

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