IPSLA VO generates realistic synthetic traffic similar with the same characteristics of real media traffic (e.g. burstiness, packet size, packet rate, etc.). Without involving the endpoints, IT operators can generate traffic and observe its impact on the network and other existing applications. This makes IPSLA VO a powerful tool to validate network configurations and capacity:
A few days ago we announced new products that now support medianet media monitoring . Media monitoring helps you to assess and measure the impact of video, voice, and data applications in the network. It gives IT operators more confidence and peace of mind to deploy and manage different video and voice applications in their network by enhancing visibility into the network and accelerating troubleshooting.
One of the features of media monitoring is mediatrace which allows IT operators to troubleshoot an issue while it occurs. Mediatrace works like a traceroute that follows a specific flow hop-by-hop collecting performance statistics end-to-end. It can be started from an endpoint with Media Services Interface or in any router or switch that supports the capability.
We are very pleased to announce a new medianet release including new products that support the medianet features:
- Cisco Prime™ Assurance Manager which provides an end-to-end proactive, network based monitoring, troubleshooting & analysis of application traffic. It supports a variety of data sources including performance monitor.
- Cisco ASR 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers now provides support for performance monitor.
- Cisco Catalyst 4500 Series Switches, in their next release that is coming up soon, will support performance monitor, mediatrace and IPSLA video operations.
The month of January always seems to be a very busy time at gyms; everyone starts the New Year off with good intentions. Now that February is here I can definitely see the trail off of in attendance at the local gym. Have you resolved to deploy video this year, or maybe your users have resolved for you J ? You’ll need to ensure your network is fit for the job. It won’t be difficult at all. There are features to make it easy to stay on track.
The first of those features is AutoQos.
The concept of Auto Qos is that the hard work of defining a QOS strategy and implementing it on the network is already done for you. Two main things compromise that strategy, what are the DSCP settings that should be used and how to interpret those setting into a configuration that implements classification, policing and queuing mechanisms within the network.
Last week, Cisco hosted another fantastic Cisco Live Europe in London. Over 6000 people were in attendance during the event this time around and this was very visible in the crowds in the world of solutions as well as the class rooms.
Also very visible, was the growing impact of video not only in the lives of the people attending but also the networks that they are building and caring for. I talked to a very passionate video conferencing administrator that proudly described how video conferencing technology has been saving lives on offshore oil platforms by connecting nurses with medical specialists. The network quality and transmission is critical in these cases and the case for video (for a variety of applications) is driving a re-evaluation of how the network could be designed and optimized. The next day I talked with a network operator that was struggling to deliver on a mandate from management to provide video conferencing and town hall type meetings to an already stretched thin network.