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Cisco 100G DWDM– Works Anywhere Over Anything

GregSmith Bio Photo3By Greg Smith, Service Provider Marketing Manager, Cisco

OK, so the title of this article isn’t totally accurate. Cisco’s 100G DWDM solution won’t work over barbed wire, or Cat-5 cable, or cotton string, but it will work on over 95% of the existing fiber in the ground, including systems that were designed to operate at 10 Gbps. Why is this important? Because 100G services aren’t just for large cities and international carriers. Even rural locations are starting to see Internet growth rates fast enough to justify the leap to 100G.

For example, to prepare for anticipated growth of IP network traffic, two independent communications providers in Wyoming recently completed a successful trial of a 100 Gbps optical connection. Silver Star Communications, based in Thayne WY, and Advanced Communications Technology (ACT), from Sheridan WY, completed this trial across 420 miles of existing fiber, over multiple networks in conjunction with Cisco in early April 2013.

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Cisco Fellow Mark Townsley: A Better Way to Deploy IPv6

We first talked about the Mapping of Address and Port (MAP) method to handle IPv4 exhaust and the transition to IPv6 last week. MAP is 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.   Read More »

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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“


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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