Hybrid Solutions Generate Buzz Ken Morse, CTO of Cisco Service Provider Video Technology Group, reports from IBC 2009 that glass-to-glass hybrid video solutions (IP with terrestrial, cable or satellite) are generating significant interest at the show. Cisco glass-to-glass solutions include content acquisition to consumer delivery via set-top boxes.
Jeff Doyle recently wrote a post about Carrier Grade NAT that I thought was right on the mark. IPv4 addresses are running out and could be expired as early as 2011. The main issue is that end points keep increasing and these endpoints need IPv4 addresses whether they are new broadband subscribers, electric meters, mobile phones, etc. As Jeff states in his article, dual-stack is one way to migrate to IPv6. However it provides a migration solution assuming you have enough IPv4 addresses to last while you migrate everything to IPv6. Unfortunately, we do not.
Instead, we have to rely on in-home solutions to the problems. Today’s broadband subscribers get a public IPv4 address and then typically have a wireless router in their home that does NAT44 (public IPv4 to private IPv4) which allocates private IP addresses inside the home. For example, at my house, my wireless router enables me to have discrete IP addresses for my windows laptop, home MAC, LG Netflix enabled Blue Ray Player, Sling Box, HP printer, etc. So it provides multiple private addresses while as a household I only consume one public address.
How Medianets Are Transforming the Video Experience
New Cisco IPTV and Hybrid set-top series offer more processing power and home networking features than previous models.
In the video interview below, Cisco’s Bob McIntyre and Murali Nemani discuss key examples of how medianet technology is helping service provider customers manage the complexity and scale of video delivery to ensure quality of service for the end user.
IP transformation is not a question of when, in fact, it is here; moreover, the panelists focused not so much on the technology, but rather on the business models that are pertinent to unified communications, with IP Centrex, VoIP as a foundation.