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Enterprise Video & Medianet at Cisco Live London

If I had to summarize Cisco Live London in one word, I choose “educational”. In the four days I was at Cisco Live London, I had the opportunity to meet our local medianet experts, Patrick Charretour and Peter Matthews, learn about our broad core network portfolio, and listen to the challenges our customers face as they use video solutions in their organization.  Whether customers are deploying video surveillance, signage, or telepresence, each seemed to want help on where to start with their deployment and wondering if medianet would be the solution.

Conversations at the medianet station were engaging and all seem to start with the same question, “What is medianet?”.  Medianet is Cisco’s end-to-end video architecture, optimize for the pervasive deployment of video. So at Cisco Live, we demonstrated how Cisco’s medianet architecture makes it easier for you to plan, deploy and manage video in your organization.  Using Cisco TelePresence EX 90 systems, we demonstrated the performance monitoring and mediatrace capabilities in a Cisco medianet, allowing application and network managers to easily identify and troubleshoot issues that may occur during a telepresence call.  We also showed a new capability, but since we haven’t officially launched it, I can’t say much.  You’ll just have to go to Interop Las Vegas or Cisco Live San Diego to find out.

Peter showing a mediatrace of the TelePresence session

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Medianet at Cisco Live London

February 10, 2012 at 12:53 pm PST

Last week, Cisco hosted another fantastic Cisco Live Europe in London. Over 6000 people were in attendance during the event this time around and this was very visible in the crowds in the world of solutions as well as the class rooms.

Also very visible, was the growing impact of video not only in the lives of the people attending but also the networks that they are building and caring for. I talked to a very passionate video conferencing administrator that proudly described how video conferencing technology has been saving lives on offshore oil platforms by connecting nurses with medical specialists. The network quality and transmission is critical in these cases and the case for video (for a variety of applications) is driving a re-evaluation of how the network could be designed and optimized. The next day I talked with a network operator that was struggling to deliver on a mandate from management to provide video conferencing and town hall type meetings to an already stretched thin network.

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Meet the medianet team in Cisco Live London this week!

January 30, 2012 at 5:48 pm PST

If you are attending Cisco Live London this week, don’t miss the opportunity to meet the medianet team as well as see the medianet capabilities first hand.

In the World of Solutions, we prepared demos to show you how you can deploy and manage video, voice and data with confidence. The demos showcase features discussed in previous blogs like performance monitormediatrace and IPSLA video operations as well as a preview of the new features.

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Enterprise Video Crosses the Pond

Heading to Cisco Live London next week? So is the Enterprise Video team!

Cisco Live London runs January 30-February 3 at the ICC London ExCel.

Be sure to stop by the World of Solutions Expo to see our demos showcased in the Collaboration, Bring Your Own Device and Physical Security areas.

The Collaboration area will feature a demo that shows the latest in integration across our video content solution with new ways to capture, transform and share video. Next, come see the Physical Security team at booth C7/C8 to see the newest Cisco and partner innovations in video surveillance and analytics. Cisco Physical Security will also have a booth in the Cisco Live Virtual environment. Finally, learn about the architecture that supports it all at the Medianet demo in the Bring Your Own Device area.

If you’re tired from walking the show floor, take a break and check out Cisco Enterprise Video customer Guldborgsund municipality of Denmark talk about how they use video for efficient and personalized citizen services at 2:15 pm on January 31st.

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Medianet – Horizontal & Vertical integration – In practice!

January 23, 2012 at 10:24 am PST

In the last medianet blog, Ulrica de Fort-Menares described the medianet architecture as two concepts: horizontal and vertical integration. In this blog we will discuss some examples of these concepts.

Vertical integration is about applications and network working together end-to-end across the network to deliver intelligent services. One of the ways to realize this vertical integration is through Media Services Interface (MSI) which was discussed in an earlier blog. MSI is a software component that is embedded in video endpoints and collaboration applications allowing them to leverage intelligent network services. The network also benefits from the integration by being able to get contextual information from the endpoints and applications.

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