Cisco's video network for Winter Olympics will be all-HD, all-IP

The Olympic Winter Games are coming soon, and NBC will be using Cisco's gear to bring it to your living room in high definition.

Cisco and NBC said earlier this month that they have expanded their Olympic relationship for the Winter Games, which will be held in Vancouver, Canada, Feb. 12-28. All of the HD video to be captured at the event will make its way onto an all-IP network, where it can be stored, edited, produced, managed and distributed.

Cisco has been stating quite loudly that it believes the future of networking is in video, which is a great place for the future of networking to be, from Cisco’s perspective, because it most assuredly means you’re going to need an upgrade, which means you need to buy more products from companies like Cisco. Something like the Olympics is a showpiece for Cisco’s vision.

Cisco is even providing its Flip Video cameras to NBC analysts and bloggers to “shoot on-the-fly video of the winter scene.” You may remember that Cisco bought the maker of Flip last year, as part of its gazillion-dollar bet on video.

The network will allow gigabytes of video to be edited in real-time by NBC’s people around the world. Cisco’s Media Data Center and Unified Computing System will be used for production and video archiving. A high-bandwidth connection will be established between Vancouver and NBC’s studios in New York, to give editors in New York rapid access to the video as it is shot.

The footage will be available online, on demand. You will even be able to watch video and view results on your mobile device.

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