Monday, April 7, 2014

Cisco Announces Videoscape Virtualized Video Processing – Adds 4K and HEVC

Cisco announced plans to virtualize and cloud-enable the video processing elements of its Videoscape TV service delivery platform.

The Cisco Videoscape Virtualized Video Processing (Videoscape V2P) solution includes three elements:

  • Virtualized Video Processing Portal -- for configuring complex workflows from a single screen.
  • Virtualized Video Orchestrator -- allocates software and hardware resources from a common pool, which can be a mix of physical and virtual resources. It embeds business and technical logic to instantiate, as needed, additional software and to allocate additional hardware.
  • The processing workload for each workflow is performed by the hardware and software elements of the V2P. Each piece of hardware, whether it is a performance optimized appliance or virtualized into an industry standard server, is multi-function; its functions are determined by the software elements instantiated by the VVO.
  • The hardware and software video processing elements V2P uses include the Videoscape AnyRes software, Cisco’s DCM and 9036 families of high performance video processing platforms and UCS blades.

Cisco also announced enhancements to the Videoscape AnyRes encoding solution to support full-frame rate 4K/Ultra High Definition and the High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) standard for more optimized delivery.

In February 2014, Cisco introduced an Evolved Services Platform (ESP) for Service Providers that leverages its software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV) offerings.  The Cisco ESP is a unified virtualization and orchestration software platform that creates, automates and provisions services in real time, across compute, storage and network functions, to deliver desired business outcomes for applications running across multiple domains.