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Journey to “Self-Healing” Enterprise Networks

Within IT & Network Process Operations community, automation started with the big hype and promise for “self-healing” solutions for systems, network, and process automation.  Remember the promise of “Robotics”!? Wouldn’t it be great to have our servers, systems, and networks solve their own problems? Leading to more stable systems and networks in which system administrators and network administrators would be free to work on higher priority activities and be more productive, improving the quality of Enterprise solutions. Though it is a noble goal, IT and network process automation did not deliver its full promise but instead started us in the journey towards the goal.

There are many reasons why IT process automation solutions for network domain has not fulfilled its promise. Many people have done in-depth analysis, which can be summarized as two big inhibitors for wide-spread adoption of automation in network operations:

  1. Need for out-of-the-box workflow templates for rapid development of network operation process automation for quick-wins
  2. In-depth understanding of complex network implementations with domain knowledge of the Enterprise processes and industry best-practices for support

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Cisco and Citrix –Better Together Across Networks, Clouds and Mobility

Early this week, there was much buzz and speculation about how Cisco and Citrix will be doing business differently. The news was finally unveiled at Mark Templeton’s keynote, when he introduced Cisco CTO, Padmasree Warrior, and they jointly announced the expansion to the two companies’ current partnership on three strategic areas: cloud networking, cloud orchestration and mobile workstyles.  Details are outlined in this press release.

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Medianet at ASIS – Plugfest!

It was a very fruitful week at the ASIS, and we wish to thank all our IP Surveillance Camera partners for taking the time and interest to work with us on interoperability verification testing of their products with Cisco Medianet. Plugfest has indeed triggered interest in all our partners, and they have been as excited as we are on this partnership. The concept of the network being a fundamental platform for rolling out various services that facilitate deployment and management of rich media networks has been very well received. Partners have shared how important this could be for them, especially in terms of making their solutions more deployable and with regard to customers seeing improved value in their products. Hence, the stage is very well set for building on two key priorities for Cisco: the Network as a Platform vision and Video.

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Announcing MSI for 3rd Party Management Partners

Many of you following this blog are very likely familiar with the Media Services Interface (MSI) and the key role MSI plays in the Medianet architecture. The MSI is an SDK residing on rich media applications and endpoints that makes the network and applications smarter together. Over the past several months the MSI has been increasingly integrated across a wide range of Cisco applications and endpoints. The path forward looks very exciting with plans for many more rich media applications integrating with the MSI.

The Cisco Developer Network program for Medianet system management partners has been in place for some time now and has been instrumental in helping 3rd party network management system partners leverage the benefits of medianet from a network standpoint. We are pleased to announce the expansion of this program to include MSI interoperability verification and testing for system management partners. For the first time, system management partners that are focused on the endpoint and application side of the equation can use the MSI to proactively monitor application performance and accelerate troubleshooting.

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Announcing the MSP CDN Program Including the IVT Program, Plugfest!

One of the key objectives of Medianet is to integrate a smarter network with various media endpoints in order to simplify end-to-end deployments and operations and to enhance quality of experience for the end user. We are very happy to announce Plugfest as a strategic step forward towards meeting this objective. Plugfest is an Interoperability Verification Testing (IVT) event to be hosted at the ASIS show (booth 213) in Philadelphia, September 10- 12, 2012. Plugfest at the ASIS will be focused on verifying IP Surveillance Cameras within a Cisco network.

We are very pleased to announce Plugfest for you. Plugfest launches the Media Services Proxy (MSP) capability as part of Cisco Medianet solutions. This would be a very good opportunity for you to get your cameras verified with the Cisco’s Medianet-enabled network by just plugging your camera in. There is no additional development or change required on the end points provided there is compliance to standard based protocols like RTSP, SDP and mDNS, which MSP is based on. On successful verification, your organization along with qualified camera models and the capabilities they have been tested against would be listed on the CDN (Cisco Developer Network) partner page. You would also get the Cisco CDN “Compatible” logo that can be shared externally! You can find all details on Plugfest on the CDN MSP portal. Read More »

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