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Hey HP…Really? Time for a reality check!

Cisco doesn’t usually weigh in on rumor, speculation, or just plain nonsense, but we simply had to address some blatantly misleading information that HP has been sharing with customers and reporters in the wake of Cisco’s industry-changing Catalyst 6500 announcement of earlier this week.  I’m a big fan of Dragnet, so in the style of Detective Sergeant Joe Friday, let’s talk about “Just the facts”:

First, Cisco emphatically stands behind the claim of 3x the performance at 1/3 the price when you compare a simple upgrade of Catalyst 6500 versus HP’s A9500.  HP is suggesting we should instead be comparing the Catalyst 6500 against their replacement platform, the A10500.  We’re perfectly happy to do this but we found it’s really hard to do a comparison with a product that doesn’t yet exist.  Don’t believe us?  Go look at the HP web site.  You won’t find any details to support HP’s claims.  Yes, HP did ‘launch’ the A10500 in May, but it still hasn’t been posted to their configuration tool, nor does it appear anywhere on their networking product pages.  So is the A10500 real, or is it just marketing until it gets off the factory floor?

Second, HP’s claim that the E-Series has only been around for months is incorrect.  The Catalyst 6500 E-Series has been in the market for seven years and is in 80 percent of our installed base customer networks.  80 percent!  So, for 80 percent of our customers, migrating to the Sup2T really is as simple as a $38,000 list price upgrade.  That’s all it takes to get that 3x performance increase, 4x scalability boost, and access to over 200 new software features.  Investment protection has always been a key criterion for Cisco and its customers.

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Come meet the Enterprise medianet team at Cisco Live 2011 in Las Vegas

If you are at Cisco Live in Las Vegas next week, stop by for a chat with Cisco technology experts on your video & network implementations. The Enterprise medianet team has the expertise and experience to help you evolve your network to support emerging video requirements. Come visit the Medianet booth to see the Enterprise Medianet demos, we will feature demos at the Borderless Network and the Video booths:

Cisco Prime Collaboration Manager (CPCM), which provides support for mediatrace and IPSLA video operations, will also be doing demos at the Cisco Prime and Collaboration booths:

  • TelePresence endpoints being managed – get an  at-a-glance view of the whole video infrastructure, and respond to problems related to video in time
  • Telepresence deployment being managed and monitored with CPCM 1.1.

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SevOne Performance Appliance Solution (SevOne PAS™) supports Cisco Performance Monitor

July 5, 2011 at 2:34 pm PST

On May 26th, 2011,  SevOne  successfully completed the interoperability testing with Medianet 2.2 for its product SevOne Performance Appliance Solution (SevOne PASTM)(press announcement) through the medianet systems management Cisco Developer Network  (CDN) program.

The SevOne team was in our lab in RTP for two days, where they went through intensive test review of their product against a purpose built medianet-enabled network. SevOne PASTM provides support to medianet performance monitor that has been discussed in previous blogs.

 Performance monitor collects performance statistics including loss, delay and jitter at the network elements. This approach provides the most extensive visibility because all the flows between video source and sink must go through the network infrastructure. It also eliminates the need for expensive probes which would lead to increased costs for data collection and operational expense.

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LiveAction 2.2 helps with media monitoring and network validation for video applications

May 3, 2011 at 10:39 am PST

On April 14th, 2011, ActionPacked! Networks successfully completed the interoperability testing with Medianet 2.2 for its product LiveAction 2.2 (press announcement) through the medianet systems management Cisco Developer Network  (CDN) program.

LiveAction 2.2 support for medianet has been covered in our previous blogs: performance monitor as well as IPSLA Video Operations. However; with the the CDN program, the LiveAction 2.2 software has formally worked through an intensive test review against a purpose built medianet-enabled network.

Performance monitor collects performance statistics including loss, delay and jitter at the network elements. This approach provides the most extensive visibility because all the flows between video source and sink must go through the network infrastructure. It also eliminates the need for expensive probes, which could lead to increased costs for data collection and operational expense.

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Performance Monitoring with Plixer’s Scrutinizer 8.5

April 28, 2011 at 10:36 am PST

In a previous blog, we discussed medianet performance monitor and how it can provide greater confidence within the network with its ability to analyze voice, video and data traffic and report on loss, latency and jitter.

Plixer International delivers a complementary solution that supports the medianet performance monitor feature through the medianet Cisco Developer Network  (CDN) program. CDN for medianet systems management offers application programming interfaces (APIs) and documentation to enable network and application management vendors to support enterprise medianet features that offer customers a range of management and operation solutions.

On March 29, Plixer’s Scrutinizer NetFlow Analyzer version 8.5 successfully completed interoperability testing with Medianet 2.2 (press announcement). Scrutinizer provides detailed reports including the medianet performance monitoring statistics (round trip time, jitter, packet loss, bit/byte and packets, MAC Addresses, IP Addresses, VLANs, Domains, application recognition) to help you monitor and troubleshoot video, voice and data applications. These reports can help the network operator perform fault isolation of network issues affecting rich media applications, as well as track historical performance of various parts of the network.

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