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CES 2010: On 3DTV, Clouds, and Cable

One unmistakable glimmer underscored this year’s consumer-facing gadget-fest: The unquenchable thirst for high-speed, media optimized IP networks in support of rich media devices and applications – what we here at Cisco call “medianets.”

The big news for us at CES 2010 was a re-establishment of our partnership with NBC for the Winter Olympics by providing them with medianet technologies. NBC will be testing our newly announced Media Data Center solution based on our UCS platform and Nexus product family optimized for a high throughput and lossless production environments to deliver 3x operational efficiencies of traditional systems. Furthermore, Flip cameras will be distributed to key NBC personnel and athletes to capture and share their experiences. It’s a big deal for us, and we’re extremely excited about expanding our relationship with NBC by applying IP based technologies across production, contribution, distribution and consumption networks to drive unparalleled end-user experiences.

You couldn’t walk 10 steps in the Las Vegas Convention Center (especially the Central Hall) without bumping into an example of living room 3DTV. This CES season will go down as the one that was preceded by Avatar, the wildly popular 3D release that introduced the global consumer mainstream to theatrical 3D. On the heels of that came CES 2010, which brimmed with 3DTV sets for the living room. A key ingredient for that transition, from theaters to homes: Bandwidth.

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Portugal Telecom Selects Cisco as Video/Telecoms Solutions Provider

Portugal Telecom’s work to offer its customers an economical triple-play service, without having to worry about technological choices, and with the convenience of a single bill, has catapulted the provider toward significant subscriber and services growth over the past 18 months. Specifically, it now reaches 20% of all pay TV subscribers in the country; 50% of all ADSL consumers take TV services from Portugal Telecom.

In this video, Cisco SVP European Markets, Chris Dedicoat, and Portugal Telecom CEO, Zeinal Bava, discuss the growth of telecom and video in Portugal, including the importance of “structural competition” and network architectures that transcend commoditization.

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Prep the Net: Get Creative and Win a Flip Camcorder

limited edition flip videoAre you ready for the IP Video traffic groundswell? Ready or not, it’s coming. The Cisco Visual Networking Index forecasts that video traffic is growing exponentially, creating unprecedented demand for increased broadband capacity.

As online video consumption becomes more voracious and increasingly mobile, forward-looking service providers around-the-world are investing in new infrastructure to prepare for the inevitable. The Cisco ASR 9000 router was engineered in anticipation of this huge demand.

The ASR 9000 is so beautifully designed, it’s actually our most photogenic router – it just loves to be included in photographs and video clips. And no, we’re not kidding.

prep the netIn fact, now we’re giving everyone the opportunity to use their creativity to entice an ASR 9000 to strike a pose, and capture that very special moment in your camera viewfinder.

You can share your G-rated image or video with us, and if yours is the most popular, then you can win your very own limited-edition ASR 9000 Flip Video Camcorder. What are you waiting for? Here’s how you can participate.

Prep the Net with the Edge Router that’s Built to Handle the Demand

  • Learn more, visit, for examples.
  • Download a version of the ASR 9000 paperware model.
  • Assemble the model, and choose a creative background.
  • Capture the moment, then upload your photo or video today.

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Time Travel for an Industry

Flashback: It’s 20 years ago. If you have video and voice plans, you likely subscribe to different service providers. If you have a cell phone (you big shot, you), it weighs 5 or more pounds and you subscribe to an even different provider (not to mention building muscle toting around the briefcase sized device). For some of us, home security features are becoming increasingly available (though were much too expensive for me to consider). The networks are silo’d, with each supporting a different service, the fates of each respective provider tied solely to that service’s well being.

This is how the game myPlanNet begins, and it’s your task as a service provider CEO to evolve your company’s network from one that’s oriented around point solutions to a platform that changes the way we live, learn, work and play.

Fast forward 20 years to today. If you still have a cell phone that weighs 5 pounds, you’re at a Saved by the Bell museum. If you don’t have Internet access for 5 minutes, you develop a case of the shakes (“hyperconnectivitis” my doctor calls it…). In this world (and if you’ve mastered the myPlanNet game), your service provider’s network has become an IP Next Generation Network – a single platform that enables all of us, at work, at home, or on the move, to have the “anys” – any device, any content, anytime, anywhere – enabling us to connect and share our lives like never before.

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T-Systems Creates Innovative Managed Service Based on Cisco WAAS and NetQoS

With the proliferation of applications across the enterprise – LAN, WAN, and data center – the need to optimize applications across wide area networks is greater than ever, and performance becomes the new vanguard in network and service management. As the borderless enterprise takes hold, with distributed workers and branches collaborating over video, mobile, and other multimedia applications, enterprises are looking for service providers that can help improve the user experience with quality of service (QoS) guarantees. This means service providers need to have the ability to deliver end-to-end performance assurance and management of applications using application performance management (APM), optimization and acceleration solutions like Cisco Wide Area Application Service (WAAS).

data centerEnterprises today are grappling with increasing complexity in their applications environment, and with server sprawl in their data centers. Let’s consider a global pharmaceutical company. It has numerous IT applications, such as the corporate ERP system, R&D, supply chain management, and FDA-related compliance applications. The corporate HQ is in Bonn, Germany; the R&D center is in Bern, Switzerland; and the distribution centers are in Salt Lake City, USA, and Sydney, Australia; while the compliance center is in Portsmouth, England. The problem is that with users and applications spread across the globe, round-trip latency and sub-optimization are constant headaches. What the enterprise needs is the capability to assure performance across the WAN, from end to end. This is the gap that legacy service providers, who currently focus only on fault and availability metrics, fail to bridge, thereby losing customers.

The answer to this problem is twofold. First, it lies in building a system that provides enterprises with end-to-end visibility of applications across the LAN, WAN, and data center (APM); and second, it requires implementing a set of capabilities the service provider can invoke to assess, deploy, right-size, and proactively operate customer networks. T-Systems has achieved just that by pioneering a complete suite of innovative service offerings built on the Cisco WAAS solution and the monitoring suite of NetQoS, a Cisco APM partner. This leading-edge offering helps customers benefit from enhanced WAN performance end-to-end and acceptable levels of application delivery.

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