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Cisco’s “Future of Video” Demo Wins NAB Technology Innovation Award

UntitledOur “Future of Video” (formerly known as “Fresco”) wall took home the National Association of Broadcasters’ Technology Innovation Award this week, during a grand ceremony keynoted by NASA chief Charles Bolden. We are thrilled! (And not just because we’re all latent astronauts around here.)

The NAB award, now in its 5th year, goes to “advanced research and development projects in communications technologies that have not yet been commercialized,” which is a perfect way to characterize “Future of Video” – our concept of a future television environment in which the walls of our homes become the TV display itself.

The nomination reads:

“Project Fresco demonstrates a future of television that breaks out of the ‘box in the corner of the room’, showing how television will harness new display technology and an immersive layout engine to become unobtrusive, frameless, ultra high definition and ambient.  Fresco demonstrates that television’s future is both collective and personal, and shows a new relationship between large screen and companion devices.”

So what does the “Future of Video” look like? Picture your living room wall, festooned with video, audio, and interactivity that can be resized on the fly. Meaning that when the World Cup finals are on, the video occupies the entire wall; when getting started with a cup of tea in the morning, it can be resized to show multiple channels – news on one portion of the wall, weather on another. When not in use, the wall surface recedes into a wallpaper-like covering. It’s just super-cool. If you’ve not seen it, here is a video demo of it.

Our own Simon Parnall, director, new initiatives, Cisco Service Provider Video Technology Group, who was instrumental in designing and building the original “Fresco” demo, accepted the prestigious award. Thanks to you, Simon and the entire Fresco team, and to the NAB for selecting us!

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World IPv6 Congress – “The Buzz“

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By Steve Simlo, IPv6 Product Manager, Cisco Network Operating Systems Technology Group

The World IPv6  MPLS / Ethernet / SDN World Congress events wrapped up recently with over 500 industry specialists in attendance, including myself. For 3 days the buzz was on how IPv6 has advanced since last year’s World IPv6 Launch to become reality.

Day One focused on Mobile, Day Two on Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), Home networking and emerging Cloud and Core applications of IPv6 and Day Three looked at Security and Measurements.

Here is my personal summary of a few of the items that I found most compelling:

1. Mobile IPv6 based deployments are happening now. Providers such as Verizon and T-Mobile are offering real services over LTE. In addition we are seeing some emerging niche services such as the “Advanced Emergency Response Service” in Slovenia being deployed to leverage some of the emerging advanced capabilities of IPv6 in terms of QoS, policing, marking and advanced unicast and multicast routing. Read More »

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A MAP to Easier, More Scalable IPv6 Deployments

There are a number of ways to deal with IPv4 exhaust and  IPv6 transition, including Carrier Grade NAT and stateful Dual Stack Lite. Cisco has added another method called Mapping of Address and Port (MAP) based on two IETF drafts currently in the process of standardization in draft-ietf-softwire-map (MAP-E) and draft-ietf-softwire-map-t (MAP-T). The real advantage with MAP is that it’s stateless and doesn’t require additional hardware as traffic grows. In fact, the MAP implementation on the Cisco ASR 1000 or ASR 9000 is just a software feature that can be enabled as needed. Read More »

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T-Mobile Helps Drive New Standard to Simplify IPv6 Deployment

T-Mobile USA has been one of the first carriers to widely deploy IPv6, seeking to overcome the lack of IPv4 addresses and to lay the foundation for their network for the Internet of Everything. However, one of the headaches they’ve faced is that some applications which work fine over IPv4 don’t play nicely with IPv6. That’s a real challenge for service providers, impacting their ability to migrate completely away from IPv4 and complicating their network operations.

T-Mobile helped Read More »

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Cisco Live 2013 – a Showcase for IPv6 Technology

simloBy Steve Simlo, IPv6 Product Manager, Cisco

Network Operating Systems Technology Group

We’ve been actively promoting the adoption of IPv6 at various venues – back in January at Cisco Live London, and a few weeks ago at the V6 World Congress, which focused on the adoption of IPv6 in mobile networks.

Our next big venue is Cisco Live in Orlando, Florida June 23-27, 2013 and I want to take the opportunity to reflect on how IPv6 is becoming an increasingly important component of the event agenda, infrastructure and look forward to some of our future ideas for Orlando.

I have personally participated in Cisco Live for over 15 years as a speaker but this was my first time as a member of the IPv6 Team. For those of you who do now know I am the Product Manager for IPv6 in Cisco’s Core Technology team that we call Network Operating Systems Technology Group.

My observations on what I saw and heard in London were as follows: Read More »

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