Cisco Product Manager Eli Fuchs discusses Cisco’s newly unveiled Videoscape Distribution Suite, an open platform that delivers video content across multiple screens, protocols, applications and networks.
VDS, which serves as the network distribution engine behind the Videoscape architecture, is a complete, interoperable and holistic solution that bridges cloud and network functionality.
Simon Parnall of Cisco’s Service Provider Video Technology Group demonstrates what TV experiences could be like in the coming years. “One of our visions for content is that we need to break away from the 16 by 9 frame that we’ve grown used to throughout our lives,” he said.
For nearly everything that I do in college, I need access to the Internet: classes, studying, meetings, and, discussions. In class, I access lecture documents on Blackboard. In meetings, I review and send emails. Studying, I research topics online and download information from the library. Essentially, I’m connected to the network constantly, and to be successful, I have to have the ability to connect any time, from anywhere, on any one of my several devices.
As most CIO’s and IT professionals would agree, building a scalable and robust network is a thankless and daunting task. It’s even more difficult in colleges and universities, where enabling tens of thousands of students to quickly and safely access the network is a critical imperative. And if the equipment is unreliable, access is compromised. When this happens, the institution faces difficultly in implementing online teaching initiatives, costs can increase and ultimately, there may be a productivity decrease. Additionally, faculty and students can become disgruntled and unmotivated as a result of network complications.
Outside of that large, black, monolithic machine in the middle of the datacenter referred to as the mainframe, there aren’t that many servers that require as many network and storage connections as the backup server. It’s not really sexy, it’s not computing Pi, generally doesn’t run a hypervisor and is bought with one goal in mind, move data. Not just some data, but a lot. These machines often move all of the data in your datacenter off of disk and onto tape, either real or virtual. In many datacenters, these backup servers are sometimes the only non-x86 platforms left due to their ability to contain high numbers of HBAs for SAN connectivity and NICs for network connectivity. They’re like the tractors of the datacenter. Read More »
By any measure, consumers are watching more video with more screens than ever before. Mobile devices both in the home and on the go that make consuming video simple are creating a tidal wave of data. For network owners, the trend of traffic growing faster than revenue is accelerating and putting enormous pressure on existing content delivery networks (CDNs).
At IBC 2012 in Amsterdam, Cisco unveiled its expanded and enhanced CDN portfolio, branded as the Cisco Videoscape™ Distribution Suite (VDS). Cisco VDS, which encompasses eight different products serves as the network distribution engine behind the Videoscape architecture and is a complete, interoperable and holistic solution that bridges cloud and network functionality.
Cisco Product Manager Eli Fuchs discusses VDS and the resulting features and functionality it brings to providers across the video ecosystem.