As the demand for enterprise video technologies increases, organizations are facing more demands on their network capacity and complexity in delivering video applications. The Cisco Enterprise Content Delivery System (ECDS) is a media delivery system that helps organizations easily scale video and media delivery over their existing WAN infrastructure. For both data and video optimization, Cisco ECDS can be deployed with Cisco WAAS, providing a complete WAN optimization solution.
Cisco ECDS helps customers scale delivery of applications like e-learning, training, corporate communications, live webcasts, and digital signage, among others, for large audiences and remote sites; deliver live and video-on-demand media in various formats to multiple endpoints throughout the enterprise network; reduce capital spending in large-scale streaming server and data center infrastructure; reduce operational costs through integration with media applications and also optimize storage requirements and bandwidth for streaming; extend the reach and quality of the media experience through the enterprise while maintaining a predictable WAN network behavior.
Ingest predefined content
Various digital assets such as long- and short-form video can be acquired from a variety of sources, using different protocols, and placed in local storage. This capability allows the enterprise to put content from various sources into the system and make it available across the enterprise.
Ingest dynamic content
Requests for assets not currently in cache or content storage can be fetched on demand from the content origination source. Dynamic cache requests are sourced from the origin source using HTTP or RTSP for Windows Media, RTSP for QuickTime, and HTTP for flash.
Static content download using HTTP, HTTPS, CIFS, and FTP
It enables delivery of long- and short-form content and supports video-on-demand prepositioning.
Enables content streaming to variety of PCs and mobile devices with Flash, Adobe AIR, and Flash Lite clients. RTMPE enables 128-bit encryption without the use of certificates to help secure streamed media and communication.
Progressive content download using HTTP
Progressive content makes it possible to provide video on demand using progressive rendering that reduces download time on web-browser-based clients.
Content streaming using RTSP/RTP/MMS-over-HTTP
It allows streaming of video to commonly deployed PC clients such as Windows Media Player.
Streaming using RTP/RTSP
It allows content streaming using standard RTP and RTSP protocol to clients such as QuickTime.
Live stream splitting
A single stream entering the Cisco ECDS network can be efficiently split to serve multiple users, allowing the administrator to offer live streaming in a manner that scales.
It allows serving any content to any place by factoring in the location of the requesting client to determine the choice of Cisco Service Engine.
It provides system resiliency against network and device failures by dynamically detecting and routing requests to alternative ECDS Service Engines.
Management as a single systemProduct Highlights
Management is simple, with a single, easy-to-use GUI to configure, monitor, and troubleshoot the Cisco ECDS applications throughout the entire system. Management simplicity contributes to reduction in operational costs.
- Scales bandwidth-heavy media applications without the need to upgrade the WAN network
- Scales across the enterprise without the need to turn on multicast
- Provides centralized management and system reporting
- Supports various endpoints and formats through a single-vendor solution
- Provides service-routing-based architecture to support hierarchical deployments, load balancing, and redundancy
- Provides protocol-based redirects without requiring any configuration on routers and end clients
- Minimal operation complexity in scaling number of sites or number of users on a site
- Supports out-of-band access to devices and comes integrated with recovery image
- Supports for Adobe Flash, Windows Media, Apple QuickTime (live and VoD)
- Supports for Real-Time Streaming Protocol (RTSP) over User Datagram Protocol/Transmission Control Protocol (UDP/TCP)
- Unicast-to-multicast streaming conversion and vice versa for Windows Media and QuickTime
- Dynamic pull caching for objects by HTTP and RTSP
- Content prefetch and prepositioning through HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, or Common Internet File System (CIFS)
- Service-routing-based, scalable, hierarchical distribution topology