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New Unified Communications Features Add Power and, Flexibility to Cisco Personal Telepresence Systems

This week at InfoComm, we unveiled enhancements to the Cisco TelePresence EX Series as a result of a stronger alignment with the Cisco Unified Communications(UC) portfolio. We added a number of UC features, enhanced security, and enabled intelligent network functionality to create an even more flexible, powerful and reliable desktop telepresence solution for knowledge workers and executives. These enhancements are made possible through the TE 6.0 software update, which affect the EX60 and EX90endpoints,and will be available in late Q3CY12 to customers with existing service agreements. 

With the expanded capabilities of TE 6.0, we believe the EX Series secures its place as the market-leading personal telepresence products and will enable users to experience superior video and voice collaboration with colleagues, partners and customers. The new software integrates the EX Series more closely with the Cisco Unified Communications Manager (CUCM) to enable high-value telephony and UC features, including the following: 

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Announcing Media Services Proxy

Medianet Media Awareness enables the network to become application and rich-media  context aware end to end. Media Services Proxy is one of the techniques to detect different types of endpoints, media and application types (Telepresence, video surveillance, desktop collaboration and streaming media) in order to deliver the best experience.

Media Services Proxy Components

Media Services Proxy

Identification

Media Services Proxy, an IOS technology, uses light weight deep packet inspection techniques to snoop standard based signaling protocols. It uses a variety of standard signaling protocols (SDP, H.323, H.245, RTSP, mDNS, etc.) to learn about the characteristics of endpoints and applications from legacy systems.

Proxy Services

Once the endpoints and application types are known, MSP can apply a number of services on behalf of the endpoints and flows. For example, MSP detects a video surveillance camera, it  applies Auto Smartports by automatically configuring the switch port for a camera to significantly simplify deployment. When MSP detects the flow type, it can apply QoS or bandwidth reservation on behalf of the flow. More importantly, MSP can share flow attributes amongst network nodes thereby allowing  policies to be applied end to end.

Where to find Media Services Proxy today

Media Services Proxy is best positioned at user edge (e.g. access switch) and resources edge (e.g. internet edge). MSP is first introduced in IOS 03.03.00.SG.151-1.SG on Cisco Catalyst 4000 series switches and in IOS 15.2(3)T on ISR-G2 routers. Over time, more products will be implementing Media Services Proxy.

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ManageEngine’s Netflow Analyzer supports performance monitor and mediatrace

June 7, 2012 at 12:00 pm PST

Early this year, ManageEngine successfully completed their second interoperability verification and testing (IVT) with medianet for its product NetFlow Analyzer  through the medianet systems management Cisco Developer Network  (CDN) program.

ManageEngine successfully completed the medianet IVT  for NetFlow Analyzer in February 2012. NefFlow Analyzer supports the medianet features performance monitor and mediatrace.

NetFlow Analyzer leverages flow technologies to generate real-time traffic reports that help in getting visibility into the traffic patterns in the network. It provides:

  • On-demand mediatrace poll for instant monitoring
  • Threshold based alerts for key metrics
  • Highly granular reports with extensive storage options

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Medianet at Cisco Live 2012 San Diego

Next week will be a busy week for the medianet team! The team will be at Cisco Live 2012 in San Diego, Infocomm in Las Vegas and Cisco Expo in Israel. We will provide attendees with plenty of updates on the latest medianet technologies in Cisco Video &Collaboration Portfolio, and Cisco Routing & Switching Portfolio.

The team will be introducing the Medianet Media Awareness capability. Media Awareness is a collection of techniques to detect different types of endpoints, media and application types in order to deliver the optimal experience. Cisco switches and routers will be introducing the new Media Services Proxy and Flow Metadata features. Webex and Cisco Jabber will be introducing the new medianet-enabled client to enhance collaboration experience. This new “smart” client embedded with the Media Services Interface, works in conjunction with the “smart” network for optimal Quality of Experience, improved network visibility, quality assurance & quick problem isolation. If you are heading to San Diego, Las Vegas or Tel Aviv, stop by for a chat with Cisco technology experts on your video and network implementations.

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Introducing Medianet Media Awareness

Using well-known network attributes like IP address or TCP/UDP port numbers for application identification and network classification is a thing of the past. More and more applications are opaque (e.g. video streams) and increasingly, applications are encrypted making network classification a real challenge for enterprises.  

Introducing Media Awareness

Medianet media awareness is a suite of technologies to detect different types of endpoints, media and application types in order to deliver the best experience. The network can try to figure it out (implicit), or the network can be told by the endpoint or applications (explicit).

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