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Wondering how medianet can help your video deployment in practice?

October 12, 2011 at 6:04 am PST

If you are wondering how medianet works in practice and how it can help you with your rich-media deployment, you will love the new Medianet 2.2 Deployment Guide. The medianet team developed this guide focusing on the 4 most common use cases among our customers deploying video:

  • Traffic baselining
  • Troubleshooting and fault isolation
  • Network validation
  • Medianet autoconfiguration for digital signage

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New Virtual Desktop Solutions Enable High-Quality Voice and Video

Did you know that the hosted virtual desktop market is expected to reach 15 percent of the worldwide enterprise desktop and laptop market by 2014? That means over the next few years, more and more of your customers will be looking to deploy virtual desktops using a solution that is scalable, reliable, and secure. With new products from Cisco and Citrix, you can equip your customers with the best desktop virtualization experience.

Today Cisco has unveiled the next phase of its Virtualization Experience Infrastructure (VXI), enabling an uncompromised virtual desktop experience. Endpoints that are now available enable high-quality voice and video in virtual desktop environments.

Additionally, through a strategic alliance, Cisco and Citrix will improve virtual desktop end user experiences by offering solutions that ease the deployment of high-definition virtual desktops over a highly secure, “Citrix optimized” Cisco network.  Cisco Wide Area Application Services (WAAS) has been optimized for Citrix XenDesktop to  help your customers reduce the bandwidth necessary to deploy desktops virtually over wide area networks (WAN), enabling better scalability and optimal end-user collaboration experiences.

Here are additional details about what’s new:

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Video Analytics: The key to unlocking the value of video

Video is a big part of our daily lives, and it is fast emerging as a significant presence in the workplace as well. A recent study by Cisco’s IBSG team shows that two out of three business executives already watch employee-created videos at least once a week. They comment on the video, recommend it or forward it on to other colleagues. But even as video makes it easier to do business, it generates more information for us to process and sort.  How can we make it simpler for people to hone in on the information within videos that they need?

Video Analytics is the answer. Watch the video below to find out why.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ve67ezli_zA

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Cisco’s “Pole Position” Driving Service Provider Video Infrastructure Investment

If you read the trade press, service provider video business models are under assault.  IPTV operators are challenged by the high cost of video services, while traditional pay-TV operators are seeing growing OTT traffic threatening their cost and revenue structures.  Amidst all this, ACG Research recently reported that the service provider video infrastructure market grew 4.5% sequentially in Q2 2011, to $3.5 billion.  According to ACG, Cisco grew its market leadership position in the overall service provider video infrastructure market to 41.9%, added three share points in the CMTS market to 65.8%, and gained a commanding 34.6% share in the IPTV set top box market.

What’s contributing to this growth? Two factors: an evolving understanding of video, and an appreciation of the shifting composition of network traffic. Read More »

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Where and who would you connect with using video? The Great Barrier Reef? A cultural exchange?

Introducing the Cisco Education Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) team!

Welcome to the first in a series of postings from the Cisco ANZ education team on what’s happening Down Under.

We’ll be providing updates on news, research and commentary across the higher education, K-12 as well as vocational education and training sectors.

Our first blog post focuses on Pymble Ladies College (PLC), an independent school in Sydney, Australia for girls from Kindergarten to year 12. It has recently partnered with Cisco to implement a range of video technologies for teachers and students to learn, collaborate and interact with experts in particular fields, anywhere in Australia or across the world.

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