April 30, 2010

Optimizing Enterprise Video Over Wireless LAN

Video is marking the next evolution of business collaboration. Executive communications to employees through IPTV, on-demand playback of sales meetings or training sessions, and videoconferencing are just a few of the richmedia applications that are helping organizations improve the effectiveness of  communications across distributed groups. These applications enable faster and more trusted collaboration, reduce travel expenses, and increase the agility and competiveness of the business. At the same time, with the steady increase of mobile workers and the number of Wi-Fi endpoints being brought onto the IP network, the ability to support video over the wireless LAN is introducing a new set of challenges for IT to address.

Just like voice and data, as video applications become increasingly integrated into business process, end users will demand the flexibility to access these applications wherever they are and on any device with the same level of service and user experience. For many organizations, a traditional wireless network will not be able to costeffectively meet the challenges of providing end-to end connectivity, bandwidth, and a consistent, high-quality user experience at scale.

In the first half of this paper, we will examine the challenges of delivering business video over Wi-Fi and discuss key technical elements that can help to provide an intelligent, flexible platform for real-time video applications. This paper also introduces the new Cisco® VideoStream technology and discusses how integration with an end-to-end medianet framework optimizes media-rich applications across wired and wireless networks, delivering the performance, quality, and scalability businesses expect.

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1 Comment

This is an excellent paper that addresses an ever-growing issue. (I'll stop short of calling it a "problem.")

The simple fact is that users on the corporate network don't really differentiate between "wired" and "wireless" access, so the network needs to be ready to adapt to their intentional (or unintentional) behavior patterns.

Even thought the latter part of the paper is Cisco-specific, the paper addresses a number of issues that must be considered and is quite useful as a benchmark regardless of your exact choice of provider(s).

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