Cisco ECDS Optimises Video And Data Transfer

Geny Caloisi

Cisco has launched the Cisco Enterprise Content Delivery System (ECDS), a set of video distribution products that work together to deliver the high-quality live and on-demand video content. I’m not sure the ECDS would be used for the in store DS application but the system can be deployed in corporate networks to deliver training and internal comms or in the academic environment for teachers to share their experiences and knowledge.

According to Cisco, ECDS provides a seamless way to manage the video load on the wide area network (WAN) and, at the same time, help control the cost of extending video applications across the organization.

IT managers can use ECDS to scale live video streaming without having to turn on multicast; for example, instead of sending 10 video streams of a broadcast to 10 users at a branch office, ECDS sends one stream to the branch and automatically splits that stream at the branch into one for each end user, thus providing better quality video and minimizing bandwidth consumption.

The Cisco medianet architecture, ECDS consists of hardware appliances and Cisco Wide Area Application Services (WAAS) virtual blade software. The appliances and software work together to help organizations distribute live video content via streaming or multicasting, and, on-demand video via caching and prepositioning.  ECDS also provides an IT-friendly management system for easy setup, configuration, maintenance, and monitoring of video.

Alfredo Castañeda, global data network and telecommunications manager, Iberdrola “As one of the global leading private energy companies, Iberdrola believes in the value of people and aims at creating a higher quality work environment. In support of this goal and increasing productivity for our company, Cisco’s end-to-end video solution helped us effectively deliver training and executive communications across our employee base. As a core part of the medianet architecture, Cisco ECDS offers us a way to effectively scale our video delivery to all remote employees and supports our goals of high quality and reach for our communications.”

Steven Reese, director of solutions marketing, Nexus IS, “Our customer was looking to offer high quality video-on-demand for students and teachers as a way to share knowledge.  The Cisco Enterprise Content Delivery System proved to be the ideal solution to deploy video pervasively throughout the school district on their existing network infrastructure.  We’re excited that ECDS enables rich media experiences for our customers to take advantage of the power of both live and on-demand video streaming.”

ECDS is available now globally; pricing starts at $4395 USD.


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