As more operators invest in the Content Delivery Network to enable them to bring a wide variety of content to their subscribers on both fixed and mobile networks, the demand for superior CDN solutions will push more vendors to continue enhancing and innovating the solutions they bring to the market. Cisco, one of the big players in this segment offers the Videoscape Unity TV services delivery platform, within which are components such as the Cisco® Videoscape™ Distribution Suite (VDS) that enables the distribution of video content across multiple screens, protocols, applications and networks. This solution is now being deployed by Deutsche Teledom, one of the world’s leading telecommunications companies to support the roll-out of their recently launched TV Everywhere service “Entertain to go”. With the deployment, Deutsche Telekom's subscribers will have access to the ‘Entertain’ IPTV service which brings 40 TV channels on their PCs and mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets which are connected to the users’ home WiFi network, as well as allowing them to view on demand content from the Entertain video library.
Key benefits recognised by Deutsche Telekom include the ability to effectively manage and monitor multiple aspects of their delivery network, including the type of viewing device and delivery logs, with customizable reporting and dashboards to enable the identification and resolution of any issues and ensure a quality of service.
Cisco Videoscape Distribution Suite (VDS) features a number of components that offer unique capabilities; together they provide a comprehensive and industry leading solution.
VDS builds on the Cisco content delivery network (CDN) service footprint serving more than 50 global customers, with over 3 million cloud-based time-shifted and live video streams delivered.
One of the key components of VDS is the Cisco's Videoscape Distribution Suite Service Manager (VDS SM), a purpose-built CDN analytics and reporting solution that gives operators insight into their CDN infrastructure with a low total cost of ownership (TCO) and immediate benefits to the operations teams.
Cisco VDS simplifies CDN management while reducing operating costs through consolidated live origin services and recording, edge caching particularly for OTT content, Radio Access Network (RAN) optimization, real-time CDN analytics and remote provisioning capabilities.
Holger Diekmann, Technical Project Lead Entertain to go and Senior Expert Service Management,Telekom Deutschland GmbH “Working with Cisco to bring the ‘Entertain to go’ service to market has been a very positive experience characterized by flexibility and speed of reacting to our specific requirements. The Cisco team was strongly committed to developing and deploying new features within the desired time frame, which enabled us to bring this new service to our customers in a very short time.”