Video in the workplace has never been more important. As we continue to use new communication technologies in the office to interact on the job and at home to achieve a greater work life balance, video calling is a large part of our increasingly productive lives. Businesses are improving collaboration between workers, building client relationships, and reducing travel with video calling. In fact, according to Cisco’s most recent VNI study, the global market for business video conferencing will reach $14 billion by 2017.
Video is quickly becoming the dominant form of communications. According to Cisco’s most recent Visual Network Index (VNI), people are increasingly spending more time on the Internet communicating with video. For video to become a pervasive natural communications alternative, it is crucial for consumers and businesses alike to use standard-based technologies that work seamlessly together to deliver a connected-product experience. Interoperability is the key to realizing the full potential of video calling; I see a future where video is at the center of our personal and professional relationships and where video calling is as easy as a phone call.
Video everywhere is the way of the future, but end-users also want a great video experience. That combination requires very efficient use of bandwidth to be practical. My colleague, Jacob Nordan, explained in a recent post how that can happen if you choose the right technology partner. H.265, a new codec standard, also plays a key role.
Next year, H.265, will be ratified by ITU-T. As a firm believer in standards-based video, Cisco is investing in H.265 development across our portfolio. We see H.265 as the primary enabler for deploying high-quality video ubiquitously by reducing bandwidth consumption up to 50% compared to existing technologies. As we look out over the next few years, video communications with great experience will become a requirement, not a nice-to-have, for all users. H.265 along with an intelligent network will be the key to making it happen.
To see how we are enabling a high-quality experience at half the network cost, check out my H.265 demo from the Cisco Collaboration Summit.
Microsoft will launch Windows 8 in late October. Along with a slew of other features, it will be among the first to support the 802.11w standard to protect Management Frames for client devices on Wi-Fi networks.
Customers running old Cisco unified releases (between 4.2 to 7.2) in local, Flex or mesh mode will run into an interoperability bug (CSCua29504, to be exact) that prevents 802.11w enabled clients from connecting to a Cisco WLAN with Management Frame Protection (MFP) enabled. This bug does not affect customers running autonomous access point deployments or customers running Cisco unified releases older than 4.2.
What are the possible solutions for you?
1. Please upgrade your production environment to one of the following releases, which will interoperate with Windows 8.
2. Roll back to pre-windows 8 drivers as identified in the Microsoft Knowledge Base article.
3. Fall back to TKIP
4. Sign up for a beta release for Cisco’s upcoming feature release 7.4 (beta available now!) that supports the 802.11w feature in local mode.
Imagine a world where iPhones can only call other iPhones and Blackberries can only call other Blackberries, and where traditional land-line phones and mobile phones are separate islands of technology. A world where you need a specific browser for specific web pages, and where you can only send emails to people using the same mail system.This would be a world without interoperability and industry standards.
How can we expect advancements in society (or humanity for that matter), if we can’t communicate with each other, or if technology can’t interoperate with each other? To achieve this any to any vision we’ve been talking about, or to achieve that ultimate experience where technology just works together and it becomes transparent to what we do every day, we need standards based interoperability.