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The Perfect Father’s Day Gift

gift boxOver the years, I’ve given quite a few Father’s Day gifts, and I’ll be the first to admit it – they really have never even come close to represent the full extent of the admiration, appreciation, and love I have for my Dad.One year, despite my best shopping efforts, I ended up giving him a blender. Dorky and desperate I know, but what made it even worse was that it was the year that he decided that wine was his thing, so the blender got no use…(and no, he doesn’t do smoothies!) Read More »

From India to Intercloud

Monique MorrowFollowing my presentation at the Futurenet Conference in Boston on May 6, 2009 entitled, “Disruption: Emerging Technologies and Business Models,” I flew to India to meet with customers and colleagues in New Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. The atmosphere was rather electric as the country was in the midst of its national election. With Cisco Globalisation East, we are now embarking on developing architectures and solutions for what can be broadly termed as “Connected Societies,” under which comes “Intelligent Urbanisation.” Read More »

The Medianet Mega Test – Walking the Talk!

IP Video ApplicationsService providers around the globe are facing the challenge of delivering rich media services in a world with explosive growth in video traffic, expanding sources of content and numerous end devices.As I mentioned in a previous entry, Cisco introduced a concept called medianet, to address these service provider challenges with the premise of transitioning towards rich media optimized networks that are end-point aware, network aware and media aware.Light Reading, the largest online communications publication in the world, wanted to check if Cisco could not only “talk the talk” but also “walk the walk” regarding our medianet solutions. In order to do so, Light Reading commissioned the European Advanced Networking Test Center AG (EANTC) to conduct a comprehensive independent test around these solutions including: Cisco IP NGN architecture with embedded medianet technologies, medianet end user experiences and Cisco’s Service Provider Data Center Solutions. No wonder this thing was dubbed “The Mega Test.” Read More »

Experience Provider Mega Test Meets the Zettabyte Challenge

The Cisco Visual Networking Index details that by 2012, the total annual volume of IP traffic will reach half a zettabyte with video accounting for nearly 90% of this traffic. With all the attention centered on the growth of video, Service Providers have been asking how they can build media-aware networks to handle this explosion of video with reliability, quality, and profitability.The test bed included (l to r) Nexus 7000s, CRS-1s, ASR 9010s, the 7609-S, and Spirent’s TestCenters.As it turned out, Light Reading was also thinking about the same question. They approached me with a challenge, “Can Cisco demonstrate that their IP Next Generation Network is media-aware and ready to meet these demands?” Was this a dare?Light Reading then proposed a test, run by an independent party, that would stretch from the data center all the way to the set top box with lots of our routing, switching, and video gear in between. Honestly, for a brief moment, I hesitated like a kid on a playground that had just been “double-dog dared.” I tried to size up what this all meant. This would involve a lot of gear and a lot time from Cisco people who were already really busy. Fortunately, however, folks at Cisco all stepped forward. So, I accepted their challenge and Light Reading could save their “triple-dog dare” for another time. Read More »

Defining Green

Beyond Power Consumption: What it Really Means to Go GreenGreen is the color of choice these days. It seems everywhere I look, I see another company marketing its products or services as environmentally friendly, or “Green.” Some of these efforts test the limits of credibility, as described in this wikipedia post on “Greenwashing.”While I appreciate and applaud the increased level of environmental awareness among corporations, as more and more companies attempt to promote themselves as Green, discerning consumers are left with the challenge of trying to separate fact from fiction. Read More »