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Marching towards Cloud CDN

Why should you put a virtualized content delivery network (CDN) in the cloud?

This is not just a theoretical question. It has come from our customers. At our recent Cisco Live event in Milan, we demonstrated how our continued CDN technical leadership can answer this question.

First, some history, as you can’t just begin with the cloud.

At Cisco, we’ve been working hard over the years to evolve our Videoscape Distribution Suite (VDS) platform. From its roots in hardware-based appliances, to software applications powered by our data center hardware, and more recently to virtual machine implementations which can be powered by our own or third party hardware. Each technological advance to our VDS platform has netted gains for our customers in their CDN deployments; whether through more flexible deployment from greater hardware independence, faster time-to-market implementing VDS software applications, or reduced total cost of ownership thanks to server-based virtualization that optimizes footprint and power/cooling requirements.

Nonetheless, requirements continue to evolve.

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Israeli Pay TV Innovator Yes Launches Mobile TV Service with Cisco Videoscape

Israeli subscribers to satellite TV provider yes can now view 60+ channels of live/linear video, and thousands of on-demand titles, on devices well beyond the television set — and they can do so inside and outside of their homes.

It kicked off on December 23, when yes announced its “yesGO” service to PCs and Macs, as well as iOS and Android devices. (Tablets are particularly popular in Israel — nearly 40% of yes’ subscribers own them.)

With the new yesGO service, customers can stream (but not download) content at 720P, with full trick play support (rewind/fast forward) as well as preservation of state (resume on one screen where you left off on another.)

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Connecting Everything at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show

By Joe Cozzolino, SVP and GM, Cisco Service Provider Video Infrastructure

Right now, in North America, home security is the leading beachhead into the Internet of Everything (IoE) landscape. AT&T, Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Rogers, among others, moved into homes this year with advanced security products. All are actively cooking up ways to improve those beachheads, to make our homes – and our things more useful to us.

The ability for service providers (SPs) to drive more ARPU

So far, anecdotal evidence suggests that consumers like the add-on features — like video, water metering, smoke detection, thermostat control, water shut-off valves, proximity detection, and a long list of others. (They also like the break they get on their homeowners insurance…!) With takeup rates for home security systems still hovering in the “below 25%” range, there’s still a lot of room to grow.

As our CEO John Chambers will discuss in his CES keynote, we think the Internet of Everything is the next big thing in the overall transition to all-IP. We define it as a combination of devices, people, data and processes, which all come together in a life-improving way. (As the sole provider of the AT&T Digital Life controller, we’re very familiar with how to build that beachhead into the home.)

Here at CES, we’re showcasing a future vision of the IoE/Connected Life movement — with everything from gluten-detectors to connected basketballs to breaking glass detection. The point of it isn’t to plumb the depths of eyebrow raising use cases, which we’ve all seen perhaps too many times.

The point is to illustrate how the IoE can positively impact service provider networks. Maybe after the basketball breaks the window, the homeowner, who’s at work, gets a notification of three window companies that can be there within the hour.

Those are but a few examples of how the IoE can grow residential service satisfaction, and help service providers grow revenue. We have plenty more! It’s what we call Cisco Connected Life solutions. We are demonstrating these things in action this week at the Cisco booth #13342 in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center and in private demonstrations for our service provider customers at The Wynn Hotel Las Vegas.

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4 Million Video-Optimized Wireless Set-top Boxes Shipped: Who Else Can Say That?

chowj-300x400By Joe Chow, VP and GM, Connected Devices Business Unit, Cisco

A milestone is a foot, and we’d like to commemorate it with this brief blog to promote our latest set-top box triumph. The milestone: Four million! That’s the number of video-optimized wireless set-top boxes now enhancing how consumers watch television, thanks to the notably successful rollouts by our partners AT&T, CenturyLink and Telus.

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Cisco at the 2014 International CES

It’s a new year, so one thing is certain: It’s time to go to Las Vegas for the International Consumer Electronics Show. CES is always an energetic annual kickstart here at Cisco, since so much of our mission is to develop and build the technologies that link consumers and businesses to service providers and big networks.

CES is especially big for us this year. For starters, John Chambers, our Chairman and CEO, is keynoting this afternoon (4:30 PM PT, Venetian Palazzo Ballroom), to talk about the Internet of Everything (IoE), as part of the Tech Titans keynote series.

Company-wide we are so focused on the IoE, we’re sponsoring the “Internet of Everything” Tech Zone, in the Central Hall (#13342) — so come see us there if you’re thirsty for details on how sensor-based technologies will jazz up your life at home, and on the go.

Our Service Provider Video business announced Read More »

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