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Cisco IT Deploys Medianet

December 15, 2011 at 10:52 am PST

In August, Jawahar Sivasankaran blogged about how Cisco IT is using medianet to help them handle the “video avalanche”. Now can learn more details about the medianet deployment at Cisco in the case study “How Cisco IT Is Deploying a Medianet Architecture to Support Pervasive Video Adoption

The case study discusses the phased approach for medianet deployment at Cisco and some early results. In the phase 1 of the project medianet performance monitor was enabled in approximately 9,000 Cisco Virtual Office Routers to help Cisco IT meet service-level agreements (SLAs) while keeping operational costs down. In subsequent phases, mediatrace and autoconfiguration will be deployed.

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Catalysts for Video

December 8, 2011 at 6:48 pm PST

By next year, Internet video is expected to account for over 50 percent of consumer Internet traffic. With the consumerization of IT, how long will it be before you start seeing these sorts of video loads on your enterprise networks? Perhaps you are already deploying video endpoints and applications on your campus networks with devices such as Cisco TelePresence – and if you are, how are you making sure that your network is ready for video before you deploy? Do you have intelligent tools to troubleshoot video issues once you deploy?

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Medianet at Interop NYC 2011

October 3, 2011 at 6:13 pm PST
Cisco medianet part of Interopnet at Interop New York 2011

Observe Cisco medianet in action as you tour Interop's network with conference engineers.

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 »

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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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