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:
Today was the first day of Interop 2011 in Javits Center in New York City! The event runs until Friday, Oct. 7, with a full schedule. The show floor is open on Wednesday and Thursday with the Cisco booth highlighting a number of medianet technologies.
Performance monitor, which allows for the analysis of voice/video/data traffic on Catalyst 3000 series switches and ISRs (today) just via a software upgrade, will be shown. Additionally, the medianet booth will have a demonstration setup where the Catalyst 3000, using the IPSLA video operations feature, generates synthetic video traffic that stresses the network in the same way as a variety of video endpoints. In keeping with the IPv6 theme of Interop this year we’ll also have IPv6-enabled video endpoints. In fact, we’ll be showing IPv6 to IPv4 interoperability. Stop by and say hi! Read More »
It’s been a few weeks from this year’s US Cisco Live event, and we are energized from the excitement and resonance from our partners and customers. Also a little bit exhausted (see what was going on).
This year we saw the build out of the visibility pillar of the medianet architecture. With features like performance monitor, mediatrace, and IPSLA Video Operation, we have added very powerful tools existing cisco tool chest (think regular IPSLA, NetFlow, etc.) to aid in the deployment and maintenance of rich media applications. There were also a number of management solutions from our CDN partners (CA Technologies, Cisco, SevOne, ActionPacked and Plixer) ready to exploit these features.
The week started on Thursday night (4 days before the event) with the enablement of the cat3750s and ISRs in the Cisco Live production network with the mediatrace and performance monitor feature. There were a number of media endpoints in the network this year ranging from IP Video Surveillance Cameras, IP phones, to Cisco TelePresence equipment. In fact, the Cisco TelePresence Content Server (TCS) was performing a pilot at cisco live where 46 sessions were recorded leading to 111 GB of video content. Medianet performance monitor was monitoring the audio and video traffic generated from the C90 and stored at the TCS. The video surveillance setup consisted of over 50 cameras (HD and SD) storing over 10 terabytes of data. Medianet performance monitor was also analyzing the video traffic here for anomalies. Fortunately, nothing bad occurred on this portion of the network but we were ready to identify and fix it quickly!
Figure 1 Voice Services at Cisco Live were Monitored using Medianet Performance Monitor
Here are two new opportunities to learn more about medianet from Aamer Akhter from the medianet team. Learn how you can get the most of your network to deliver optimal video, voice and data!
- TechWise TV Episode 93: Automating Video Delivery on the Network, recently recorded at Interop, Las Vegas last May. Discover how the latest Cisco innovations enable automated device configuration for any media type, minimize troubleshooting, and ensure a high-quality user experience anywhere.
- Workshop: Optimize Your Network for Video and More with Cisco Medianet . Join Cisco TechWiseTV Chief Geek Jimmy Ray Purser as he hosts Aamer Akhter, from the medianet team, for a technical, deep-dive session on how you can get the most out of your video network with Cisco’s medianet. Tuesday, July 26, 2011, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. PDT. Register here
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:
- Enhanced troubleshooting using the latest IOS performance monitor and mediatrace features
- ISR Video Bridge
- Media Services Proxy featuring automated port configuration and dynamic QoS marking for video surveillance cameras
- WebEx introduces the new medianet-enabled client to enhance the collaboration experience
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.