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DOCSIS 3.1: Here’s To the Next New Thing in Broadband!

Thursday, at a specially-added session during the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers annual Cable-Tec Expo, another milestone was placed in the evolution of cable modems and broadband networks: The expansion of the specification, to eke even more bandwidth out of existing HFC plant.

It’s called DOCSIS 3.1, and it’s a big deal. Every chapter in the DOCSIS specification added substantially new features – from 1.0 to 1.1 to 2.0 and, the latest workhorse for IP video, DOCSIS 3.0.

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What’s Going On at Cisco During the 2012 SCTE Cable Tec Expo

I’m predicting this year’s SCTE Cable-Tec Expo will go down as another cable technology milestone date. Why: The details of DOCSIS 3.1, the next chapter in cable modems, will finally go public on Thursday, October 18. Also: We’re in Orlando, and we’re within a few years of the 20th anniversary of the Time Warner Cable Full Service Network, which of course happened in Orlando. A milestone in its own right.

And for us, it’s already a milestone year, in a way. Why: We are demonstrating new Videoscape experiences expanded by the recent NDS acquisition, now including the NDS Snowflake experience, and my friend and colleague John Chapman, who pioneered the very first DOCIS spec (1.0, in the mid-‘90s), will be inducted into the SCTE Hall of Fame today. It’s a big deal and we’re really proud of him.

And now for what’s happening in our booth (#2034) at this year’s Expo:

  • Videoscape Experiences: We will demonstrate new Videoscape-delivered services and user experiences including NDS Snowflake and companion screen solutions.
  • CCAP: The Converged Cable Access Platform is an industry effort to make a “one-size-fits-all” QAM, to keep up with the growth in IP traffic, and to reduce rack space requirements and power consumption.
  • Unifying QAM & IP: We will show how digital network control system (DNCS) is evolving to simplify headend management and unify and harmonize QAM and IP connected devices.
  • DOCSIS leadership: We will demonstrate how our video-over-DOCSIS 3.0 solution enables cable operators to allocate their DOCSIS network resources to delivery IP video, and maximize the Cisco quality of experience for their subscribers.

And the Expo wouldn’t be the Expo without a wide-and-deep roster of technical papers and presentations. We’re glad to contribute seven papers/presentations this year!

Last but not least, we’re proud to sponsor the SCTE IP Challenge again this year – a friendly competition, held in a fast-paced, “Jeopardy”-styled format, to test attendees’ knowledge of Internet Protocol (IP) technologies. The IP Challenge was scheduled on “Expo Eve,” (Tuesday Oct. 16); we’ll get the results and photos of the winner(s) to you later in the week.

Until then: See you in Orlando and have a productive, tech-rich Expo!

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Cisco Networked Video Strategy: The Cisco Difference in Video

Part 2 of a 4-part series

In part one of this series, Cisco Video Collaboration Group SVP Marthin De Beer kicked off our exploration of the new Cisco Video strategy unveiled at Cisco Live 2012 in San Diego.

Video drives more traffic than any other application on the network and it’s changing how people communicate, collaborate, and consume content and entertainment. By 2016, we forecast 86% of traffic on networks will be video.

Using video is about the optimal experience for the task at hand – it is about creating that in-person experience from immersive TelePresence, but also about creating the best possible experience when you are on the road participating via your iPad.

When it comes to video, Cisco does three things differently to ensure superior end-to-end video experiences with greater efficiencies:

  • Architectural Approach: The Cisco Medianet architecture delivers superior experiences and efficiencies by integrating video capabilities all the way from the network to the application. Cisco video endpoints use Medianet to discover and configure themselves, dramatically reducing deployment cost. Medianet infrastructure provides detailed performance information, which allows IT organizations to detect and fix problems in a fraction of the time required by traditional approaches. Medianet also helps companies leverage existing investments to build new capabilities more cost efficiently, such as adding recording and sharing to TelePresence or providing common call control for voice and video endpoints. Cisco’s advantage comes from the network, which allows us to build and manage systems that best “understand” network performance, complexity, interactivity, and capacity.  While Medianet provides compelling experience and total cost of ownership advantages today, we believe an architectural approach like Medianet will become absolutely required as video becomes pervasive.

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Cisco Networked Video Strategy: Transforming the Way People Experience Life

Part 1 of a 4-part series

A few months ago at Cisco Live in San Diego, I outlined Cisco’s strategy for networked video across service provider, enterprise, and consumer networks. I talked about changes in enterprise user adoption, the future of television, and how these markets will come together over time. We are in the midst of a major market transition and the way we consume video today will soon be a thing of the past.  Take a look at my Cisco Live Video and Collaboration keynote and allow me to make a point here. This is the way we are used to experiencing video – in a linear fashion from beginning to end. I believe watching video in this manner provides an insufficient experience and will soon be as antiquated as watching a black and white film is today.

Experience matters.  Capturing video for future reference and viewing in a linear fashion will no longer be enough.  What if we could search within a video for specific keywords or topics that the speakers covered? Or skip to a particular speaker, like Michael Gliedman, CIO of the NBA, who joined us in the keynote? These are examples of some of the advances made in video over the last few years that can improve the overall experience.  Let’s take a look at this example where we have applied video analytics to the very same keynote recording. These are just some of the capabilities possible with the advancements in our Cisco networked video portfolio and architecture.

Over the next few weeks I and others will shed more light on Cisco’s networked video strategy, which includes transforming Video Entertainment in the home, Video Collaboration in the workplace, and adding Video Intelligence to extract relevant data from video across service provider and enterprise networks.

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Cisco Unveils Videoscape Video Distribution Suite at IBC 2012

Cisco Product Manager Eli Fuchs discusses Cisco’s newly unveiled Videoscape Distribution Suite, an open platform that delivers video content across multiple screens, protocols, applications and networks.

VDS, which serves as the network distribution engine behind the Videoscape architecture, is a complete, interoperable and holistic solution that bridges cloud and network functionality.

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