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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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LiveAction 2.2 helps with media monitoring and network validation for video applications

May 3, 2011 at 10:39 am PST

On April 14th, 2011, ActionPacked! Networks successfully completed the interoperability testing with Medianet 2.2 for its product LiveAction 2.2 (press announcement) through the medianet systems management Cisco Developer Network  (CDN) program.

LiveAction 2.2 support for medianet has been covered in our previous blogs: performance monitor as well as IPSLA Video Operations. However; with the the CDN program, the LiveAction 2.2 software has formally worked through an intensive test review against a purpose built medianet-enabled network.

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 could lead to increased costs for data collection and operational expense.

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Performance Monitoring with Plixer’s Scrutinizer 8.5

April 28, 2011 at 10:36 am PST

In a previous blog, we discussed medianet performance monitor and how it can provide greater confidence within the network with its ability to analyze voice, video and data traffic and report on loss, latency and jitter.

Plixer International delivers a complementary solution that supports the medianet performance monitor feature through the medianet Cisco Developer Network  (CDN) program. CDN for medianet systems management offers application programming interfaces (APIs) and documentation to enable network and application management vendors to support enterprise medianet features that offer customers a range of management and operation solutions.

On March 29, Plixer’s Scrutinizer NetFlow Analyzer version 8.5 successfully completed interoperability testing with Medianet 2.2 (press announcement). Scrutinizer provides detailed reports including the medianet performance monitoring statistics (round trip time, jitter, packet loss, bit/byte and packets, MAC Addresses, IP Addresses, VLANs, Domains, application recognition) to help you monitor and troubleshoot video, voice and data applications. These reports can help the network operator perform fault isolation of network issues affecting rich media applications, as well as track historical performance of various parts of the network.

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Mediascope

March 29, 2011 at 9:25 am PST

A few weeks ago, we introduced a new tool for network operators called mediatrace. On the router and switches, a mediatrace report presents several stanzas of data collected along a particular path. While the report is useful, there is a very high information density and the network operator could overlook an important item at a casual glance.

Mediascope was created as an intern project at Cisco to help in the visualization of mediatrace data. Mediascope uses the IOS Web Services Management Agent (WSMA) interface to execute mediatrace commands. As a flash based tool, mediascope can be hosted on a regular web server in your network and be available for general users (well except for ipad/iphone!).

The user initially logs into the mediascope tool with a mediascope specific password. Then the target router is identified and credentials for that node are provided. At this point, the user can ask mediascope to dynamically configure IOS performance monitor to discover the flows traversing the target router. The discovered flows are dynamically displayed in a list allowing the user to select the interesting flow and then continue on to the specific metrics to be gathered (lower part of Figure 1 below).

Figure 1. Mediascope Flow selection and Data Retrieval Selection

Figure 2. Mediascope Result Visualization

In Figure 2, we can see the result of the mediatrace run. Note from Figure 1 that the y-axis in the chart is selectable, as are the meanings of the color. In our example, the height of the circles conveys number of IP packets seen for the monitored flow, size conveys CPU utilization, and conditional coloring based on number of packets lost and jitter values. Of course, a much simpler chart could be constructed, but we wanted to show how easily very dense information could be represented.

Using the chart the operator is able to quickly identify the node that is at high CPI, but also the node that seems to be seeing packet loss.

We had a lot of fun creating mediascope. Check out our multi-language demos on YouTube!  We invite you to make your own audio version- with the challenge of no English words at all. I’m hoping we’ll see one in Klingon soon!

Mediascope demo: English German Spanish

Mediascope is open sourced under the BSD license.

http://medianet.sourceforge.net/

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