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Going Big: Zettabytes and the NBA Finals

Things are heating up. The Oklahoma City Thunder are heading to the NBA Finals, and global IP traffic is heading into the zettabytes.

Is there a connection between these two developments? Absolutely. And if you’re following the NBA on a mobile device, then you are attuned to the trifecta of elements that is now a staple of the fan experience:  the explosion of sports-focused media content, the networks that carry that content, and the evolving array of mobile devices that receive it.

Take a look at this video to see how the NBA is heating up the fan experience:

Cisco just released the 2012 Visual Networking Index (VNI) Forecast, our ongoing initiative to forecast and analyze IP network growth and trends worldwide. The research shows that we’re in Read More »

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Connecting with Cable Exec Top of Mind Issues

We recently concluded another NCTA Cable Show. Despite Boston’s cloudy weather, after hundreds of meetings with our cable service provider customers, the common pain points across the industry are clear. Cutting across geography, subscriber footprint, and budget, were the common challenges of responding to the threat of OTT content delivery, evolving existing infrastructure, and supporting multi-screen experiences.

When we launched Videoscape at CES 2011, we introduced a platform to leverage the inter-networking of cloud + network + client architectures. Videoscape enables our service provider customers to rapidly launch compelling new revenue generating services while transforming the cost structure of their network operations.

It is gratifying to see how our key principles are being appreciated by our MSO customers. We are helping our MSO customers evolve the home environment for their subscribers. This means supporting next generation services across proliferating devices, and bridging both managed and unmanaged device experiences. As our recently updated VNI data shows, the trend towards IP-enabled experiences is Read More »

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Ready, Set, Optimize! The Emergence of a Diverse Set of Clouds

All eyes were on TIA this week as leaders from across the telecommunications industry gathered at Inside the Network to discuss the hottest and most challenging issues facing telcos today. I participated Wednesday morning in a cloud panel discussion at TIA with lively interplay on telcos’ role in cloud, differentiation, and key success factors on which to focus. The takeaway was this: there’s no easy answer, but plenty of opportunity for those who can figure out a formula that works for their firm.

What we do know is that the rush to cloud is on, but this is no five lane superhighway with everyone barreling ahead in the same direction. It’s a journey with many possible paths, and once you set off in one direction it can be difficult to reverse course. Two themes that were common throughout the Read More »

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DHCPv6 in the Cloud – DHCP Performance Testing and Results

As service providers move to cloud-based services, their IP addressing management system must operate efficiently in the virtualized environment of the cloud.  And within the cloud environment, these systems for DHCP, DNS and IP address management must also be fast. For example, many organizations have expressed a concern that poor DHCP performance could be the weak link when thousands of customers come back online after a failure event.  If DHCP address requests are handled in a slow or scattered manner, servers will not be able to service all requests in a timely fashion.

Another requirement for IP address management systems is support for IPv6, as the depletion of IPv4 addresses has led to many organizations finding themselves facing a rather accelerated and mandatory migration to IPv6 (read: yesterday’s World IPv6 Launch). While one of IPv6’s promises was the elimination of the need for DHCP, the reality is that centralized network management has made DHCPv6 a necessity.  DHCP allows network devices to Read More »

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Leading Belgian Cable Operator VOO Deploys IPv6

Belgian cable operator VOO looked at the future of the Internet several years ago and recognized that they needed a plan to move to IPv6 if they were to continue to efficiently grow their business. As the leading provider of broadband cable services in the southern part of Belgium they provide video, high speed Internet at speeds of up to 100Mbps, and digital telephony services, primarily to residential customers in Wallonia and Brussels. The company has been one of the fastest growing service providers in Europe; since VOO launched its triple play services at end of 2009, they’ve acquired more than 1 million subscribers. VOO also recently acquired a 3G mobile license to expand their service capabilities.

For network operators such as VOO, business and service is continuity critical. They cannot afford to have services affected while they migrate to new technology. VOO ultimately selected Cisco’s Carrier Grade IPv6 solution since we gave them a clear migration path to IPv6 and they sought a trusted partner who could offer a future flexible solution. Using our dual-stack technology with the Cisco CRS-3 and CMTS they can run IPv4 and IPv6 simultaneously in order to maintain a high-quality customer experience during the transition.

Nico Weymaere, VOO’s Chief Technology Officer shares his view on the positive impact of IPv6 for both his company and the Internet:

The IPv6 capabilities of the VOO network will provide them a foundation to easily support new services. As we’ve noted previously with our Visual Networking Index, by 2016, there will be nearly 19 billion global network connections (fixed and mobile); the equivalent of two and a half connections for every person on earth. We can’t get there with the limited address space provided by IPv4.

On behalf of Cisco, let me thank the entire VOO team for putting your trust in us.

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