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Looking to 2010: Video to Immersive Participatory Networking

2010 Happy New Year from Cisco

As we close out 2009, recall that in one of my blogs, March 11 2009, I wrote about teleportation.

It was no surprise for me that one of the top 50 inventions for the year 2009 cited by Time Magazine, Inc., was Teleportation, in the context of quantum information processing itself.

Video whether consumer generated over the Internet via a Flip High Definition/Ultra High Definition Videocam, or via business interactive, e.g. TelePresence, is evolving to be  even more interactive and personal.   Think about a “participatory” event like a commercial such that you become part of the advertising experience; or a sport venue like a baseball game where you are in the game and so on.  The possibilities of 4 dimensional holographic spaces where individuals can indeed immerse themselves in a participatory cyber-space with other individuals.

What are the consequences for the network?

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The Genesis of medianets

Gazing into crystal balls, technological or otherwise, can be hazardous to your health! But the temptation is irresistible, and we all succumb from time to time. After all, the experts can surely discern underlying technology trends and market forces, so the future should be reasonably predictable. The only caveat being that sometimes new technologies can emerge unexpectedly, to upset the best made plans of mice and men.

consumer video contentAt least in one area, that of the future of TV, some predictions would appear to be reasonably safe. The demand for high-definition TV and video content is mushrooming, and it appears that consumers demand video content anytime, anywhere, and on any screen at their disposal, whether it will be TV, PC, or cell phone. Online and mobile video technologies have transformed the video experience, leaving service and content providers scrambling to meet consumer demand. Most experts now accept that video traffic will dominate growth of service provider networks over the next decade, and the widely used Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) provides an excellent measure of this trend.

However, will content distribution networks evolve to handle the anticipated massive increase in bandwidth-hungry video traffic? A recent article from Cisco in the IEEE Communications Magazine, “IPTV and video networks in the 2015 timeframe: the evolution to medianets” addresses some of the underlying video technologies that are rapidly evolving to meet these needs. The IP Next Generation Network (IP NGN) optimized to deliver video traffic will derive massive scalability from the use of the underlying optical fiber-based IP over DWDM (IPoDWDM) and IP/MPLS transport technologies, in which Cisco is a recognized world leader. To extend the large bandwidth capacities required to the access and aggregation network domains, Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) transport technologies will increasingly come into play for SP networks. For cable networks, increased penetration of new ultra high-speed DOCSIS 3.0 technologies will provide the huge capacities needed for next generation broadband cable services, including interactive video services.

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Starent Networks is Now a Part of Cisco: Introducing Cisco’s Mobile Internet Technology Group

The holiday season is always a time of excitement, anticipation, and good will. Clearly, mobile is at the heart of all three! I just spent $300 on new smartphones for my family and upgraded our plans to 1200+ minutes, 500+ text messages, and tens of mega bytes per month. That does not even include everything I do with my business phone! If this is any indication, the mobile data traffic will far exceed the projections from the Cisco Visual Networking Index in many markets!

With this backdrop, the Cisco Mobility team is doubly excited because today, as part of our ongoing efforts to enable the mobile Internet transformation, Starent Networks is now a part of Cisco.

As the new Cisco Mobile Internet Technology Group, under the leadership of Ashraf Dahod, former Starent CEO, Starent’s employees will continue their innovative work to develop and support industry-leading mobile broadband solutions.

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Kazakhstan Goes Green

This holiday season, Kazakhstan will be seeing green in many ways. Savings from using integrated IP and optical technologies in the core mean valuable dollars are conserved. Reducing equipment in the network means less power, cooling and rack space leading to lower carbon emissions.

KazakhtelecomThe technology underlying all these benefits is the one Cisco pioneered in December 2005: IP over DWDM (or IPoDWDM). Simply put, by integrating IP and Optical layers in the network with IPoDWDM, providers can kill two birds with one stone: save expenses and cut carbon footprint. Kazakhtelecom joins the chorus of providers who have selected IPoDWDM for their networks – six of top twenty global SPs, over twenty SPs globally. Several of them like Free (France), Netia (Poland), CESNET (Czech), Sprint (US), T-Com (Europe), Comcast (US) have been expanding their infrastructure on IPoDWDM for some time now. Additionally the world’s largest gaming festival (Dreamhack in Sweden) used IPoDWDM on the CRS-1 two years back.

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Celebrate Cisco’s 25th Anniversary by Playing Cisco myPlanNet 1.0

A quarter of a century is a colossal milestone for any company. For Cisco, it marks an historic journey that began with simple curiosities that helped create the Internet and ultimately position Cisco as a global leader in the technology industry. The road has had challenges, certainly, but our commitment to changing the way people live, work and play remains steadfast. To commemorate this anniversary, we’ve created a fun and interactive time travel experience, Cisco myPlanNet 1.0, which allows you to follow the Internet over the past 25 years – parallel to the Cisco journey.

In this interview with Forrester analyst Tom Grant, Cisco’s Stephen Liu and Petra Neiger explain how myPlanNet illustrates Cisco’s 25 years in the networking business. [download the podcast]

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