I was recently talking to an industry colleague about how incredibly focused we are, as a company, on the video marketplace. I meant it, so I was surprised to see the eyebrow-spiked reaction and their response: “How can you say that, when you just unloaded your CPE including set-top boxes, modems, etc.?”
It kind of floored me, because to me it was obvious. But I realize this is a question many may be asking. My response is this: The decision to sell our set-top, gateway, and overall CPE line to Technicolor wasn’t a separation from video. It was Cisco recognizing that for that part of our business to be at its healthiest and most productive, it was better off in an environment focused on building CPE hardware at scale – which is what Technicolor does.
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Cisco Intelligent Traffic Director (ITD) is an innovative solution to bridge the performance gap between a multi-terabit switch and gigabit servers and appliances. It is a hardware based multi-terabit layer 4 load-balancing, traffic steering and clustering solution on the Nexus 5k/6k/7k/9k series of switches.
It allows customers to deploy servers and appliances from any vendor with no network or topology changes. With a few simple configuration steps on a Cisco Nexus switch, customers can create an appliance or server cluster and deploy multiple devices to scale service capacity with ease. The servers or appliances do not have to be directly connected to the Cisco Nexus switch.
ITD won the Best of Interop 2015 in Data Center Category.
With our patent pending innovative algorithms, ITD (Intelligent Traffic Director) supports IP-stickiness, resiliency, consistent hash, exclude access-list, NAT (EFT), VIP, health monitoring, sophisticated failure handling policies, N+M redundancy, IPv4, IPv6, VRF, weighted load-balancing, bi-directional flow-coherency, and IPSLA probes including DNS. There is no service module or external appliance needed. ITD provides order of magnitude CAPEX and OPEX savings for the customers. ITD is much superior than legacy solutions like PBR, WCCP, ECMP, port-channel, layer-4 load-balancer appliances.
ITD provides :
- Hardware based multi-terabit/s L3/L4 load-balancing at wire-speed.
- Zero latency load-balancing.
- CAPEX savings : No service module or external L3/L4 load-balancer needed. Every Nexus port can be used as load-balancer.
- Redirect line-rate traffic to any devices, for example web cache engines, Web Accelerator Engines (WAE), video-caches, etc.
- Capability to create clusters of devices, for example, Firewalls, Intrusion Prevention System (IPS), or Web Application Firewall (WAF), Hadoop cluster
- Resilient (like resilient ECMP), Consistent hash
- VIP based L4 load-balancing
- NAT (available for EFT/PoC). Allows non-DSR deployments.
- Weighted load-balancing
- Load-balances to large number of devices/servers
- ACL along with redirection and load balancing simultaneously.
- Bi-directional flow-coherency. Traffic from A–>B and B–>A goes to same node.
- Order of magnitude OPEX savings : reduction in configuration, and ease of deployment
- Order of magnitude CAPEX savings : Wiring, Power, Rackspace and Cost savings
- The servers/appliances don’t have to be directly connected to Nexus switch
- Monitoring the health of servers/appliances.
- N + M redundancy.
- Automatic failure handling of servers/appliances.
- VRF support, vPC support, VDC support
- Supported on all linecards of Nexus 9k/7k/6k/5k series.
- Supports both IPv4 and IPv6
- Cisco Prime DCNM Support
- exclude access-list
- No certification, integration, or qualification needed between the devices and the Cisco NX-OS switch.
- The feature does not add any load to the supervisor CPU.
- ITD uses orders of magnitude less hardware TCAM resources than WCCP.
- Handles unlimited number of flows.
- Load-balance traffic to 256 servers of 10Gbps each.
- Load-balance to cluster of Firewalls. ITD is much superior than PBR.
- Scale IPS, IDS and WAF by load-balancing to standalone devices.
- Scale the NFV solution by load-balancing to low cost VM/container based NFV.
- Scale the WAAS / WAE solution.
- Scale the VDS-TC (video-caching) solution.
- Scale the Layer-7 load-balancer, by distributing traffic to L7 LBs.
- ECMP/Port-channel cause re-hashing of flows. ITD is resilient, and doesn’t cause re-hashing on node add/delete/failure.
Documentation, slides, videos:
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Please note that ITD is not a replacement for Layer-7 load-balancer (URL, cookies, SSL, etc). Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org for further questions.
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ITD (Intelligent Traffic Director) is getting a lot of interest about transparent (Layer 2) mode device support.
Here is a 10 minute video that shows step by step ITD deployment for Transparent mode security devices, such as Firewalls, IPS, IDS, Web application Firewalls (WAF), ASA, Cisco Sourcefire, etc:
ITD is a hardware based multi-Tbps Layer 4 load-balancing, traffic steering and clustering solution on Nexus 5k/6k/7k/9k series of switches. It supports IP-stickiness, resiliency, NAT (EFT), VIP, health monitoring, sophisticated failure handling policies, N+M redundancy, IPv4, IPv6, VRF, weighted load-balancing, bi-directional flow-coherency, and IPSLA probes including DNS. There is no service module or external appliance needed.
Solution Guide: ITD with Layer 2 Firewall / IPS / IDS
Here is more information about ITD: www.cisco.com/go/itd
Please send email to email@example.com if you have any questions.
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While we most often think of the Internet of Everything (IoE) as transforming public safety forces out in the field, change can actually begin before an officer is even leaves the station. Classroom training for officers is crucial, enabling them to stay safe and perform at the highest level out in the field. Current events highlight just how important good training is, ensuring officers know how to act in all situations and act as good example of public safety in their communities. The problem is that police officers work on shift schedules, which makes it extremely difficult to get everyone in the same room at the same time for training.
How do police departments guarantee their officers are trained at the highest level despite this scheduling issue? Video training. Police departments and training officers can use video to produce high-quality educational training tools that can be viewed online at an officer’s convenience. On-demand video recording tools like Cisco’s WebEx are straightforward and easy to use, and allow educational materials to be accessed anywhere via the cloud. These on-demand video presentations help make sure everyone is receiving the same level of training, improving the way public safety agencies operate before anyone even steps foot in the field.
Here are four more benefits that stem from on-demand videos for classroom training:
1. Reduce the need for trainers to be physically present at all classroom trainings
It’s still extremely important for police departments to conduct live training exercises. But by replacing classroom sessions with video training, training officers’ time is freed up to focus more on live training exercises. This makes certain officers are still receiving the training they need while helping departments operate more efficiently.
2. Eliminate the burden of shift scheduling to accommodate training
Juggling day and night shifts with training schedules is a hassle. Agency leaders have to analyze staffing, pull people off regular shifts, fill those spots with other agents and often have to pay overtime to do so. It also involves paying trainers to be onsite for multiple days. Video training allows officers to stay on their regularly-scheduled shifts, preventing the confusion and difficulty of shifting schedules and allowing officers to access training videos at a time that is convenient for them.
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Video codecs remain an area of active research and development. The current generation video codec is H.264 – in widespread usage on the Internet. Cisco has actively worked towards making H.264 the foundation of real-time communications on the web. The next generation codecs are just beginning to emerge. There are two of note – Google’s proprietary VP9 codec, and the industry standard H.265 (HEVC) codec, which is the successor to H.264 (AVC).
Unfortunately, the patent licensing situation for H.265 has recently taken a turn for the worse. Two distinct patent licensing pools have formed so far, and many license holders are not represented in either. There is just one license pool for H.264. The total costs to license H.265 from these two pools is up to sixteen times more expensive than H.264, per unit. H.264 had an upper bound on yearly licensing costs, whereas H.265 has no such upper limit.
These licensing terms preclude usage of H.265 in any kind of open source or freely distributed software application, such as web browsers. They also preclude its usage in freemium products – like WebEx or Cisco Spark – which have versions that users can use for free. Thus, while H.265 is still a good fit for hardware products like our telepresence room systems, it is not something that can serve as a universal video codec across hardware and software. Thus, we believe the industry needs a high quality, next-generation codec that can be used everywhere. Read More »
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