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Cisco cBR-8 Rises up to the DOCSIS 3.1 Challenge at SCTE (part 2)

Guest Blog by Igor Dayen, SP Product and Solutions Marketing

I am excited to continue the discussion that I started in my previous blog on SCTE Cal-Tec expo.

We brought two cBR-8 routers and we used one to run live data through it.   We used Ixia gear to generate video and data traffic. Hence we showed the convergence.

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The picture below on the left shows how DOCSIS 3.1 spectrum is being modulated—there are 4096 QAM, while the picture in the middle shows one spectrum for DOCSIS 3.0 and two spectrums for DOCSIS 3.1. Overall, it has been very impressive to see what DOCSIS 3.1 will bring and that we are able to demonstrate DOCSIS 3.1 today.  We offered Read More »

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Cisco cBR-8 Rises up to the DOCSIS 3.1 Challenge

Guest Blog by Igor Dayen, SP Product and Solutions Marketing

What do we need to know about New Orleans? It offers great Jazz, and Bourbon Street provides rich insight into New Orleans’ past, but we can’t overlook that it has been home this year to SCTE Cable-Tec Expo. SCTE is the cable telecommunications engineering show of the year. Nearly 10,000 attendees annually seize the opportunity to discover and learn first-hand about the latest in cable telecommunications technology, products and services. For more than 30 years the industry has relied on Cable-Tec Expo to provide the most energizing, technical knowledge exchange of the year.

New Orleans Convention Center opened its doors to the biggest cable show of the year.

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The “welcome” signs made it very clear that all attendees were welcome to be here, share their knowledge and learn from the exhibitors.

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Digital Vortex Part 2: Key Tenets of a Digital Business Network

Yesterday was “Back to the Future Day.” Michael J. Fox had a glimpse into his futuristic world. What if you too had the same capability? Imagine this: you’re an astronaut on a time travel space mission. You come upon a futuristic world years from today, and this is what you see.

A vortex of insurmountable forces sucking you and the surrounding environment into the abyss. Yet you’re still attached to the present. You still have control. (It is a visual presentation of a Digital Vortex, working its way into becoming a black hole putting your business at risks.)

A vortex of insurmountable force is sucking you and the surrounding environment into the abyss, yet you’re still attached to the present. You still have control. (It is a visual presentation of a Digital Vortex, working its way into becoming a black hole, putting your business at risks.) Image Source: Lightfarm Studios

Armed with this vision, what would you do if today, October 22, 2015, is your “Back to the Future” day?

This is a continuation of a previous post by Hugo Vliegen, Digital Vortex, Part I: How Not to Be the 40% That Will Fail. (Re-read that post here). In this blog (part II), I will share four key tenets of a digital business network, a.k.a recommendations for the hypothetical NeedToChange company scenario (as referenced in part I).

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Mark Your Calendars for Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) GEN15

Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) GEN15 is coming up soon. The conference looks to be bigger and better than ever. Here’s a quick summary of the basics:

  • Who: Service Providers, Media Providers, Equipment Vendors and Analyst/Research Firms
  • What: Gathering of Worldwide Industry Professionals focused on Metro Ethernet Services
  • When: November 16 – 18, 2015
  • Where: Dallas, Texas at the Omni Hotel Dallas
  • Why: Great opportunities for information gathering, training and peer interaction


Cisco is participating in GEN15 on many fronts. Activities begin with the Cisco Workshop on Monday, November 16th from 1pm to 5pm. This workshop will be packed with new and interesting information from several top speakers. We will cover topics like Virtualization and the impact of Cloud on the Enterprise WAN, Agile Carrier Ethernet, Packet Optical Carrier Ethernet, new services, and new technologies. There are only 70 seats for this workshop, so please contact your Cisco Account Manager for registration.

Throughout the conference Cisco will have booth space and meeting space to foster discussion and interaction. Cisco is taking part in the first ever Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO) Hackathon as well as the traditional the Proof of Concept (POC) demos. Cisco’s Chief Architect, Dave Ward, will be delivering a keynote presentation at the show. Cisco Distinguished Engineer Simon Spraggs will be part of a panel discussion of SDN/NFV and speaking at the Cisco Workshop.

I’m a Dallas native, so please allow me give you some tips on things to see and places to eat while you’re at GEN15.

Food within a short cab fare: Read More »

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The Next Frontier: Service Creation in the Era of Instant Delivery

Every service provider I talk to these days wants pretty much the same thing: a faster, less expensive way to develop services. Faced with increased competition on all sides, along with increasing demands for more mobile and richer media offerings, speed to market and efficient operations are everything.

For many, networks have become cumbersome, resulting in long services lifecycles. Slow processes—from creation to modification and end of life—hamper business agility and make networks too costly to manage. And as new, more agile competitors without legacy burdens enter the market, the intense pressures on profitability continue to mount.

So how do you do things faster and at lower cost? What is the right investment strategy?

Innovate your way to success.

You have several options for developing new services in an inflexible infrastructure environment: Get out your crystal ball. Go with your gut. Or wait and see where the market goes, then catch up.

That’s right, these aren’t options at all. None are sustainable in today’s market conditions.

You have to innovate. Get the right partner and tap into the wide innovation engine that is the world. Make your network your innovation platform. It is the platform on which to build a more successful business.

1Why flexibility is essential

To compete, you need to evolve to a network with built-in flexibility. A flexible network helps you adjust to market demands quickly, enables you to automate network functions, and supports innovation—for you and others. Doing this via open software becomes essential.

This is much more than an IT strategy. It’s a business strategy that’s absolutely essential to compete and profit. It’s also the foundation for a broader culture of innovation, where people inside and outside your organization can act on ideas and develop solutions quickly.

The path to the modern network

As I work with service providers, I make two key recommendations to bring flexibility into their network: Read More »

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