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Cisco Tackles Video Virtualization at Upskill U

Kelsey Kusterer Ziser
7/14/2016

Consumer expectations for quality video anytime, anywhere and on a variety of devices have prompted a rapid shift in the way video content is both created and delivered. Operators and content developers are tasked with designing ever more flexible and innovative operating models that cost-efficiently meet customer demands. As a solution, service providers are turning to the virtualization and orchestration of video processing and secure delivery of content, which has the potential to improve both opex and capex while supporting video services.

Rajeev Raman, senior director for Infinite Video at Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO), will address the opportunities presented by virtualization for video delivery in the Upskill U course "Video: The Case for Virtualization" at 1 p.m. ET tomorrow. Raman will examine the challenges and benefits of implementing virtualization and orchestration by focusing on a recent customer case study. (Register for Video: The Case for Virtualization.)

Rajeev Raman, Cisco
Rajeev Raman, Cisco

On Wednesday, Jason Thibeault, executive director of the Streaming Video Alliance, and Alan Breznick, cable/video practice leader at Light Reading, examined the changing face of mobile video and the impact of network transformations on customers in "Video: Boosting Customer Experience." (Listen to Video: Boosting Customer Experience.)

"Not only are people consuming more video on mobile devices … mobile phones and mobile devices, tablets and computers are all growing, but so is the TV as a device," said Thibeault. "People are actually viewing more video period; regardless of what device that they're using, they're consuming more video."

Next week marks the start of new four-part learning module at Upskill U on the Telco Data Center. Tune in to these exciting courses, starting next Wednesday:

  • Telco Data Center 101 (Wednesday, July 20, 1:00 p.m. ET): Jeff Brown, Director, Product Management & Marketing, Windstream Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: WIN), explains how telcos are evolving data center strategies to support virtualization while maintaining service standards and supporting future services. This course prepares students for subsequent courses on the telco data center.
  • The Future of the Metro Data Center Interconnect (Friday, July 22, 1:00 p.m. ET): Phill Lawson-Shanks, Chief Architect & Vice President, Innovation, EdgeConneX Inc. , explores the future of metro data center interconnect and covers lessons learned from web-scale service providers.
  • The Changing Face of the Data Center World (Wednesday, July 27, 1:00 p.m. ET): Rodney M. Elder, Senior Solutions Architect, Equinix Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), examines the changing face of competition in the interconnection world and who can capitalize on new opportunities.
  • The Central Office Re-Architected as a Data Center (Wednesday, August 3, 1:00 p.m. ET): Guru Parulkar, Executive Director, Open Networking Research Center, Open Networking Lab, explains how telco central offices are being re-architected to look like data centers, why the transition needs to happen now and what the new central office will look like.

Secure your seat now for the Upskill U courses on the Telco Data Center and I'll see you on the chat board!

— Kelsey Kusterer Ziser, editor, Upskill U

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Kelsey Ziser
Kelsey Ziser
7/14/2016 | 2:49:54 PM
Agile video delivery
Looking forward to hearing more about how virtualization can make video delivery more agile, secure and cost-efficient for service providers. 
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