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Must read for getting started on medianet media monitoring!

For network operators who want to get started on the Medianet features Mediatrace and Performance Monitor the QuickStart Guide is a must read!
 
The Quick Start guide takes you on ‘tour de CLI’ and walks you step by step through the configuration of Mediatrace and Performance Monitor. It contains many show command examples and explains how to read them.
 
Furthermore, the guide provides insights under the hood of Performance Monitor and Mediatrace. This information about the mechanics of Media Monitoring you will not find in a manual!

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Medianet at Cisco Live Las Vegas 2011

July 26, 2011 at 11:10 am PST

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

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Learn more about medianet with a new Techwise TV episode and a Workshop

July 20, 2011 at 1:18 pm PST

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

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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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