In the first part we discussed how video services are evolving within enterprise networks. Content may be sourced from internal servers, BYOD end points or external content providers, thereby creating a mix of managed and unmanaged services. This has led not only to growth in traffic, but also a competition for actual resources between the different types of services.
We have discussed how these services are evolving, now moving to a per application, per session model which ensures that specific resources are allocated depending on the nature of the usage. Tools such as those provided by the medianet architecture, combined with changes in defaulting all traffic within the VPN session back to the corporate network, contribute to this evolution in session management.
Once again, we turn to Thomas Kernen to provide some insight into how recent technology improvements are designed to help with managing video traffic growth and enabling better content distribution models.
I recently wrote a blog discussing the Value of Medianet in which I listed the benefits and associated costs of adoption. Remember that in simple terms Medianet enables a granular QoS policy and also provides a systematic approach for video troubleshooting. In this article I’m going to provide an example of Medianet in action as it has been my experience that most people, at least initially, struggle to visualize the impact Medianet has on the day to day operations of a Cisco collaboration solution running over a Cisco networking infrastructure.
In my previous blog I said that “Medianet reduces operational support costs.” I’m now going to attempt to show you how.
The first thing we can enable is edge monitoring, which allows the IT team to centrally check upon the health on any given endpoint and also ascertain its call status. Take a look at this video below:
As useful as it is, end point monitoring is only of limited benefit when problems start to occur. Electronic confirmation of what impacted end users are seeing is not what is actually required. We need a way to proactively troubleshoot issues as soon as they appear. The combination of Medianet enabled applications communicating with a Medianet enabled network, which is overseen by an intelligent management application is the means by which Cisco provides this. Read More »
Is interactive video an important business tool for your organisation? If yes, then read on.
Medianet is an architecture that Cisco often talks about and it seems like it’s been around for ages (well 5 years to be exact), but its true value is often obscured by complex diagrams and techno speak that Cisco engineers (like myself) love. So what exactly is the benefit of EX90TE6MSI firmware delivering Medianet metadata to an Access Layer Catalyst 4500? How does the combination of MSI, metadata, perfmon and Mediatrace save you time and money? Unless you have a degree in Cisco acronyms this might be hard to answer!
What I’m going to attempt in this short blog is to try and translate the Medianet architectural jargon into the potential cost savings that Medianet offers customers who deploy our video endpoints and applications over a Read More »
I am just so excited for Cisco Live US next week! As we give the final touches to our demos and presentations, I am already thinking about what to pack. (Yes, you read my mind – which shoes should I bring? How many pairs do I need? Oh, and how will my hair behave with the humidity? )
Joking aside, one thing I know for sure: it will be hot in Orlando! Outside the conference center as well as in the booths of the medianet CDN partners!
As you visit the World of Solutions, please make sure to stop at the booths of our CDN partners. They will be showcasing medianet solutions and you can see first-hand how their great tools bring to life the medianet capabilities to help your organization with deployment, management, troubleshooting and improving quality of experience of video and collaboration deployments.
Besides all the great features in their product LiveAction 3.0, they will be showing their support of Cisco MSI API which allows the identification and monitoring for MSI capable endpoints. Read More »
A few weeks ago, I mentioned that the Cisco Medianet Team will be hosting a customer panel at Cisco Live Orlando. As the event draws near, here is a broader preview of the Cisco Medianet sessions that will be offered there:
Sunday, Jun 23, 9:30AM -- 10:30AM – CDN Developer Forum – Medianet: Managing and Monitoring Video and Collaboration Applications and Endpoints – Patricia Costa
Monday, Jun 24, 10:00 AM -- 12:00 PM – BRKRST-2512 – Validating QoS using Medianet Media Awareness -- Technical Breakout – 2 hours – Michael O’Brien and Eric Yu
Monday, Jun 24, 1:00 PM -- 5:00 PM – LTREVT-2300 – Enterprise Medianet: Video Applications and Network Design Lab – Lab: Instructor-Led – 4 hours – Aamer Akhter, Ana Andrijic, and Jianzhu Zhang
Tuesday, Jun 25, 8:00 AM -- 9:30 AM – BRKCDN-1113 – Enhanced Management of Video with Media Monitoring – Technical Breakout – 90 mins – Aamer Akhter
Tuesday, Jun 25, 12:30 PM -- 2:30 PM – PNLCOL-2000 – How the Network Improves the Video and Collaboration Experience Across Industries – Panel – 2 hours – PLAMEN Nedeltchev, Ulrica de Fort-Menares, Gary Reynolds, Aamer Akhter, Donald Krtanjek, and Michael Boscia
Tuesday, Jun 25, 12:30 PM -- 2:30 PM – RKEVT-2807 – Enterprise Video Network Performance Analysis with Medianet – Technical Breakout – 2 hours – Eric Yu and Michael O’Brien
Tuesday, Jun 25, 3:00 PM -- 4:30 PM – BRKCOL-2343 – Implementing Optimal Video Collaboration with Medianet – Technical Breakout – 90 mins – Jianzhu Zhang and Ana Andrijic
Wednesday, June 26, 11:30 AM -- 12:30 PM – Cisco Medianet: Managing Enterprise Video or Unifying the Workspace with Jabber, Thin Client and Accessories – Table Topic – Learn more about Table Topics at Cisco Live Orlando here.
Thursday, Jun 27, 12:30 PM -- 2:00 PM – BRKEVT-2815 – Medianet Traffic and Device Awareness for Intelligent Services – Technical Breakout – 90 mins – Toerless Eckert