The collaboration market is on a transformational journey. Workloads and use cases such as web conferencing, telephony, video, and file sharing that started as separate islands at first, are now rapidly converging. With those islands come complexity of integration and interoperability, which means experiences can suffer.
Two key things Cisco is focused on is making collaboration simple to use, deploy, and buy; and pervasive by reducing cost and extending the value of existing investments. This week we announced Collaboration Systems Release 10 (CSR 10), the first time Cisco is converging voice, video, and content sharing across our portfolio to provide the best possible user experience whether you choose an on-premise, cloud, or fused model.
I’m excited about the fantastic new experiences we are enabling. Here are a few scenarios to help highlight what is now possible:
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Tags: Cisco, collaboration, collaboration summit, CSR 10, CUCM, Jabber Guest, mobile, video
It wouldn’t be an SCTE Cable-Tec Expo without a stellar lineup of technical papers and workshops – even better because each one happens twice, to alleviate trade show schedules.
This year’s program features seven papers and presentations by my engineering colleagues, and a breakfast. Food first: Please join us at 6:30A on Tuesday for a Light Reading breakfast session titled “Monetizing Wi-Fi,” featuring Jared Headley, Senior Director of SP Mobility for Cisco. Here’s a link for more info.
In papers and presentations, here’s what Cisco’s technologists are contributing to the 2013 SCTE Cable-Tec Expo:
- A deep-dive on DOCSIS 3.1 and “downstream convergence layers,” researched and written by John Chapman, SCTE Cable ‘Hall of Famer’, Cisco Fellow and CTO of its Cable Access Business Unit. It’s part of the Pre-conference DOCSIS 3.1 Symposium, which runs all day (10A-4:15P) on Monday, October 21. (In room 309, if you’re going.) John’s a DOCSIS pioneer, and always worth seeing, especially if you harbor any curiosity about how MAC-layer data will get onto the PHY layer – and lots of other 3.1 detail.
- The amount of video distributed over IP is growing fast. John Horrobin focuses on this phenomenon in a session, titled “Implementing End-to-End IP Video Solutions,” drawing from lessons learned in field deployments to compare multicast to unicast and switched techniques. His paper and presentation, titled “Pioneering IP Video in Cable Networks,” also explores current events in the combining network, and how it will evolve in step with CCAP deployments. Gateways with 16 and 24 tuners, that can deliver signals to connected devices over Ethernet, MoCA and Wi-Fi, are also detailed. John’s on at 1:15-2:30 on Monday, 10/21, and again on Thursday from 2:30-3:45.
- The decades-old old engineering challenge – how much to store, vs. how much to stream – is Read More »
Tags: cable, scte 2013, Service Provider, video, videoscape
By John Mattson, Senior Director of Marketing, Cisco Cable Access Business Unit
By now you’ve heard from AT&T, Google Fiber, Verizon, and the mainstream media, about their plans to offer Gigabit services in over14 states that’ll get wired for 1 Gig next year. Will Gigabit become a “New Norm”?
And if you’re a broadband service provider, you’re thinking, “okay, so, my fastest tiers are my lowest subscribed – tell me again why I need to rush to get this done right now?”
Far be it from me, or us, to pile on to this particular viewpoint, when it comes to Gigabit DOCSIS. Naturally, we see a reason for it. We sell the equipment. But I do think there’s a more plausible way to look at it, which is timely, because it’s a technical discussion, and this is the week of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers’ annual Cable-Tec Expo in Atlanta.
We propose the following question to our cable operator customers: What if there was a way to profitably offer very high-speed services in your upper service tiers, while increasing speeds in your lower tiers, without massive disruption and the dreaded “forklift upgrade”? We believe there is. Think about it: Read More »
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Day 2 of Educause 2013 has been both information-filled and somewhat fascinating. During the general session this morning, author and renowned game designer, Jane McGonigal, shared some intriguing facts about the power of gaming in higher education. A few facts she shared that I found especially interesting included -- 71% of employees are not engaged (at a cost of 300 billion dollars per year), and that the longer you stay in school, the less engaged you become.
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Tags: connected education, edu13, education, educause, engagement, highered, video, videoconferencing
As we’ve been preparing for next week’s Collaboration Summit, I’ve been reflecting on the past 10 years in the video and communications industry. In today’s hyper-connected world, the bar has been raised and user expectations are higher than ever before, especially as it relates to video and its impact on efficiency and productivity. Users want to be connected all the time while having more control of when or how they are reached. They want to have access to an array of video collaboration experiences with the ability to choose how they want to interact based on what’s going on during the day. And they want it to be easy to use, easy to connect to others, easy to integrate with business applications and content, and of course easy to manage.
The list of user requirements is exciting for the industry. It proves the immense value inherent in video communications and is inspiring everyone to think harder about what users want not only now, but also years into the future. Yet keeping up with these demands is no easy feat for any technology vendor and can be even more challenging for IT teams supporting all of these new user scenarios in a business environment. Simply put, video communications needs to be reimagined so that the promise of pervasive adoption can happen, and can happen in a way that delivers unsurpassable value.
It’s time for a more intelligent approach. Read More »
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