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Cisco Flashmob! Did You See the Green Men? … and Other Cool Cable Show News

This year’s Cable Show kicked off with a … well, with a flash mob! First one ever for this event. All very exciting, if you ask me, or the hundreds of other cable onlookers on hand at the Boston Convention Center this morning.

Here’s how it went down: When the Show floor opened yesterday, at 11:00am, attendees mixed it up with 100 or so professional troupe dancers, some dressed in green stretchy suits, head to toe, with signage: “Don’t miss the event of the Show! Imagine Park, today at 11:30am! Be there!”  Mysterious.

When Cisco Fellow John Chapman took the Imagine Park stage at about 11:40am, it wasn’t to talk about CCAP, or the future of DOCSIS, or anything else, for that matter – because the green people and flash mobbers took over, in a big way. See for yourself:

But flashmobbing isn’t all we’re doing in Boston to shine the spotlight on the many good things happening in cable technology. We’re also glad to announce our work with Bright House Networks, to help businesses and school districts manage the security risks that come with the “BYOD” (bring your own device) realities of today.

Specifically, we’re working with Bright House to help the nation’s 10th-largest school district, serving 179,000 students, with a cloud-based managed services mix (IP VPNs, security; unified communications to come) to more than 250 sites. More here.

And today we announced another Videoscape deal with one of China’s largest cable operators. Oriental Cable Network is working with Cisco to advance its multi-screen video efforts, using Videoscape Quickstart, featuring a mix of products including Videoscape Media Suite, Content Delivery System IS (CDS-IS), Cisco Media Processor (CMP) and Cisco Digital Content Manager (DCM).

On the floor, do please come by Booth #1453, to check out our brand spankin’ new DS384 line cards, for our RF Gateway 10 chassis. Why you care: 10 cards, each capable of 10 Gbps. Apply one for redundancy, still get 160 Gbps of potential downstream throughput. Hello, full spectrum!

All in, it’s a great cable week in Boston! We’re here ‘til Wednesday afternoon, come on by.

Meanwhile, check out what John Chapman has to say about DOCSIS:

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Is Anyone Out There Using Video Analytics?

What is video analytics?  Why do I need it?  Is anyone actually using it? Join us for a videocast on May 24th for answers to these questions and more.  Learn how Moffitt Cancer Center has implemented an enterprise  video content solution including video analytics to increase the usage and relevance of video throughout the organization. Didier Moretti, Vice President & General Manager, Emerging Technologies Group, Cisco will explain how to analyze the content of video and enable users to search, navigate, share and recommend content.  Register now.

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Using Social Media to Tell Customer Stories and Connect with Fans

May 15, 2012 at 2:12 pm PST

Social media is a perfect vehicle through which you can not only share customer stories but also connect with fans. While doing so, it is critical that you make sure the communication is always a two-way street. Relaying your fans’ messages through social channels will help build stronger, interpersonal relationships while giving you the opportunity to become a better listener as well.

Michael Brito (@britopian) from Edelman Digital, Gina Fung Ballenger (@FunGina) from Wells Fargo and Maria Poveromo (@mariapoveromo) from Adobe Systems had some best practices and lessons learned to share in regards to this topic. Here’s a brief 2-minute video in which these experienced social practitioners tell us their thoughts: Read More »

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Introducing Medianet Media Awareness

Using well-known network attributes like IP address or TCP/UDP port numbers for application identification and network classification is a thing of the past. More and more applications are opaque (e.g. video streams) and increasingly, applications are encrypted making network classification a real challenge for enterprises.  

Introducing Media Awareness

Medianet media awareness is a suite of technologies to detect different types of endpoints, media and application types in order to deliver the best experience. The network can try to figure it out (implicit), or the network can be told by the endpoint or applications (explicit).

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A Cable Show CCAP Update

The last time I blogged about CCAP, we were checking the online anagram universe for words one could make out of “CMAP” and “CESAR,” then two competing labels for the work of converging the QAM modulators used by digital voice, video and data services in cable.

Happily for me (because the anagram selections were abysmal), it settled out as what is now “CCAP” – the Cable Converged Access Platform. Watch for it to be a pretty hot topic at next week’s Cable Show — and not just because we announced a pretty incredible new downstream line card (the DS-384) related to it. Although… ;-)

CCAP matters at this year’s Cable Show for the same reason it mattered last year: Because consumer usage of broadband is off the hook, and cable operators need to stay ahead of that very tight curve, because narrowcast services are Read More »

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