Networks and applications have become increasingly complex as new rich media applications and networking technologies have been adopted. Today, organizations rely so heavily on their networked infrastructure, it is imperative to move beyond reactive management techniques of old and assume a more proactive approach by instituting scalable performance management. Medianet introduces monitoring capabilities embedded with router and switches. The IOS Performance Monitor feature enables pervasive monitoring across your infrastructure so in the event of quality issues, there is a way to identify where and what the problem is.
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:
A few days ago we announced new products that now support medianet media monitoring . Media monitoring helps you to assess and measure the impact of video, voice, and data applications in the network. It gives IT operators more confidence and peace of mind to deploy and manage different video and voice applications in their network by enhancing visibility into the network and accelerating troubleshooting.
One of the features of media monitoring is mediatrace which allows IT operators to troubleshoot an issue while it occurs. Mediatrace works like a traceroute that follows a specific flow hop-by-hop collecting performance statistics end-to-end. It can be started from an endpoint with Media Services Interface or in any router or switch that supports the capability.
We are very pleased to announce a new medianet release including new products that support the medianet features:
- Cisco Prime™ Assurance Manager which provides an end-to-end proactive, network based monitoring, troubleshooting & analysis of application traffic. It supports a variety of data sources including performance monitor.
- Cisco ASR 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers now provides support for performance monitor.
- Cisco Catalyst 4500 Series Switches, in their next release that is coming up soon, will support performance monitor, mediatrace and IPSLA video operations.
Ready or not, governments, healthcare providers, and schools are going mobile. If your workforce isn’t mobile yet, it soon will be: by 2013, 80 percent of businesses will support a mobile workforce (one that specifically relies on tablet technology), according to Gartner.
As I mentioned before, mobile employees will depend on telepresence and video collaboration tools to optimize their work experiences: these technologies do a wonderful job of filling the gap in personal interaction that can occur when an entire office works outside of the actual office.
But telepresence and video are only as good as the networks that support them.