Another exciting day behind us and another ahead of us here at CES. The energy and pace of this event only gets better each year (though, my voice is not keeping up). One thing is for sure, every new technology or device being debuted here center around bringing better experiences to how we share and enjoy video, communication and collaboration. These exciting, new experiences are made possible by Next Generation Internet that fuels the “all together,” immersive Videoscape solution we debuted this week .
To shed a little more insight into the Next Generation Internet and Videoscape, I captured this short video with Suraj Shetty, vice president of service provider marketing here at Cisco yesterday. Read More »
One of the goals of my videos this week here at CES is to provide a 360 view of the Videoscape solution we announced. One question that we are often asked is if this is really just a new “box” or set of technologies.
As you’ll see in this short video Kelly Ahuja, Cisco vice president of service provider architecture, states that “it’s not about the box” and that a purpose-built architecture can unlock new, exciting experiences and new revenue streams for service providers. He also talks about how Telstra is using elements of Videoscape in their network – today. Read More »
The use of video in enterprises has been growing rapidly as many enterprises are realizing the value of video. Many enterprises use video for multiple aspects of their business operations including corporate communications, team meetings, e-learning, digital signage and the use of video assets within their business processes. Likely a combination of video technologies and tools are required to meet the enterprise needs.
Different video applications will behave differently and put different demands on the network. The chart below illustrates a range of business video applications with different characteristics and network requirements.
Telepresence is two-way real-time video while streaming video is one-way broadcast video. Telepresence has stringent network requirements and it is highly sensitive to latency, jitter and loss, whereas streaming video can better tolerate delays; by buffering a larger amount of content before rendering it, in order to smooth out the video experience and compensate for network jitter.
Generally speaking, it is straight forward to provision the network for Telepresence as long as you know how many rooms are in your network, the typical usage pattern (e.g. 60% usage between office hours) and the traffic characteristics. In contrast to Telepresence, it is much harder to provision the network for desktop collaboration video as the usage pattern is not as well defined. Worst yet, do you know how many users are equipped with high definition web cameras built into their laptop on your network? The situation is exasperated by new collaboration tools with one click away, what started as a low bandwidth instant messaging session could end up be a high bandwidth video desktop collaboration session.
These are just some examples of the challenges associated with deploying, managing and assuring quality of business video applications. As more types of video applications that pose different demands into the network are deployed, the need for intelligent networks like medianets become critical. Medianets can simplify and reduce costs of deploying video, as well as efficiently use network resources and dynamically adapt to changing network conditions and demands from different video applications to deliver optimal video quality.