Cisco Rolls out Enterprise CDN

Michael Vizard

As video becomes easier to produce and more pervasive on enterprise networks, IT organizations are struggling with ways to optimize traffic. To address that issue, Cisco today unveiled the Cisco Enterprise Content Delivery System(ECDS), a set of appliances that allow IT organizations to more granularly manage the flow of video traffic across their networks.

According to Erica Schroeder, director of marketing for Cisco's business video solutions, as the amount of video on enterprise networks continues to grow, IT organizations have become interested in setting up what amounts to their own internal content delivery network (CDN). Many of them have discovered that as volume increases, the fees associated with relying on external CDN providers is getting cost prohibitive. As the amount of high-definition telepresence traffic on the network increases, Schroeder adds that optimizing video traffic on the network is becoming a critical aspect of providing telepresence quality of service.

In addition, Schroeder notes that by optimizing video traffic on the network, IT organizations are also working to make sure that the performance of other latency-sensitive applications are not adversely affected by video traffic. Finally, Schroeder says that information that now is routinely incorporated into video presentations is too sensitive to leave the corporate network, which is another reason why many companies no longer want to rely on an external CDN service.

Cisco ECDS leverages the company's Wide Area Application Services (WAAS) virtual blade software to provide wide area network (WAN) optimization and can be deployed as set of physical or virtual appliances.

Pricing for Cisco ECDS starts at $4,395.

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