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Carrier Ethernet and MPLS are on a Roll

speeding trainIn a recent report, Infonetics Research – Carrier Ethernet market defying downturn, Principal Analyst Michael Howard stated that the “carrier Ethernet equipment market is forecast by Infonetics to top $32 billion in 2013, driven by the need to handle fast-growing traffic from consumer, business, and mobile backhaul networks, including skyrocketing video traffic.”

It all makes sense. As service providers transition from their existing TDM to Packet-based infrastructure, handle a tidal wave of new IP video-based services, and consolidate service specific networks, they are making a shift in their edge, aggregation, and access infrastructure investments. They are doing this because they need new equipment that can concurrently provide high capacity and performance as well as service flexibility and velocity without compromising operational efficiency and reliability.

As we heard over and over again at the 2009 Carrier Ethernet World Congress (CEWC), Carrier Ethernet infrastructure is composed of Ethernet/MPLS/DWDM and is an efficient way to carry  both IP and legacy traffic. MPLS has transformed “metro” Ethernet into “carrier” Ethernet by adding increased scalability, better QoS, higher security, protocol flexibility and improved resiliency.

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Estimating Cable or Telco Network IP Traffic Growth

You may have heard or read that the current Cisco Visual Networking Index forecast projects that by 2013, annual global IP traffic will reach two-thirds of a zettabyte. But have you ever wondered what impact this IP traffic growth will have on your network?  How would the adoption rate of various residential broadband services affect your IP infrastructure? How would your IP traffic growth rate differ from your regional peers/competitors in North America, Western Europe, or Asia-Pac? And just for fun, if each megabyte of traffic on your network were a mile, how many trips around the moon could your network make?

Well, this data doesn’t need to be a mystery to you any longer. You can get answers to these and many other questions with the new Cisco Cable and Telco Service Provider Abstract Network (or CT-SPAN) modeling tool.  The Cisco CT-SPAN tool is a high-level interactive tool that allows you to estimate the total IP traffic that your cable or a telco network would generate based on a series of standard and user-defined criteria covering subscriber distribution and adoption of various residential services and applications over a six-year period.  There are seven regional versions to account for unique regional differences in network and application usage.

Cisco Cable and Telco Service Provider Abstract Network (or CT-SPAN) modeling tool

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Cisco Video Assurance Management Solution Wins CSI “Best Monitoring or Network Management Solution”

CSI Awards 2009: Best monitoring or network management solutionThe Cisco Video Assurance Management Solution (VAMS) provides a modular, extensible fault management architecture helping transform service providers into experience providers. This standards-based solution enables real-time, centralized monitoring and management of multi-vendor, multi-technology, headend, backbone, regional, and aggregation networks for video services. One of the unique features of VAMS is that it provides a direct correlation between the video and IP network identifiers for each program/channel.

Our video reporter, Zoya Fallah, met with Asha Kalyur, Video Solutions Marketing Manager for Cisco Systems, to learn about the CSI Award presented at IBC 2009.

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Cisco Service Provider VP Malachy Moynihan on medianet at 2009 Intel Developer Forum

During a keynote on The Architecture of CE Innovation at the 2009 Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco this week, Cisco’s Malachy Moynihan, with Intel’s Eric Kim, explains how all Internet-based, next-generation networks – known as “medianets” – are enabling service providers to become experience providers. Moynihan also highlights Cisco’s and Scientific Atlanta’s heritage in driving groundbreaking video experiences, from the first moon landing to the first all-IP Olympics in the summer of 2008.

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Data Center 3.0: Efficiencies and Savings

Hope you all have been keeping well!

“Data Centers of the Future”, “DC 3.0″, and similar terms have been getting a lot of play lately. They remind me of the work Cisco has been doing to compare the benefits of building such data centers with the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) and Unified Fabric versus “traditional” data centers.

For example, when considering a 10,000 square foot data center, we saw savings of:

  • 40% for cabling
  • 90% in service provisioning, and
  • 47% in the number of racks used

(Incidentally, the UCS and Unified Fabric are both key components of the Unified Service Delivery (USD) solution.)

These findings mirror what I saw at VMWorld 2009 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco in early September.

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