Cisco Application and Content Networking System (ACNS) Network Module
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Updated:September 14, 2007
Delivering Desktop, DVD and HD Video Streaming to Remote Offices
® ACNS Network Module for the Cisco integrated services routers is a powerful
digital media delivery solution that delivers standard to high-definition video quality to the branch office for live streaming events and video on demand (VoD) over IP networks. With Cisco ACNS, organizations from the private or public sectors can deliver effective, high-quality, large-scale corporate communications; on-demand training; and digital signage to remote and dispersed branch offices, schools, and stores, with minimal effect on the network, while taking advantage of investments in converged IP WANs.
By eliminating redundant digital media streaming traffic traversing a WAN, Cisco ACNS solves the following IT challenges:
• Delaying network upgrades
• Taking advantage of unicast- and multicast-enabled LANs and WANs
• Preventing deployment of local storage and video streaming servers in remote sites
With Cisco ACNS, organizations can overcome the challenges associated with delivering live and on-demand digital media content over IP networks to very large and dispersed audiences and rapidly take advantage of rich content, benefiting in the following ways:
• Enhanced corporate communication and end-user productivity
• Reduced bandwidth usage and system costs
• State-of-the-art tiered architectural design and best scalability available in the industry
• Acceleration of information dissemination and reduced time to market
The latest ACNS Network Module (NME-WAE-502) delivers increased performance and storage capacity allowing more video content to be stored at the branch (Table 1) while introducing support for DVD and high-definition video quality content, typically required for digital signage deployments.
Table 1. Video Capacity of Cisco ACNS Network Module Compared to Older Models
The Cisco Digital Media System (DMS) is an easy-to-use, comprehensive solution that allows organizations to effectively create, manage, and access compelling digital media to be viewed on user desktops or laptops or played on digital signs, which are typically LCD TV screens. This digital media product portfolio comprises the Cisco Digital Media Manager (DMM), the Cisco Digital Video Portal (DVP), the Cisco Digital Media Encoders (DMEs), and the Cisco Digital Media Player (DMP). Cisco DMM manages and publishes digital media and provides tools for you to add and archive media, assign metadata and keywords, preview content and manage workflow, customize the digital video portal interface, and schedule instant and future deployments. Cisco DMS integrates with Cisco ACNS to provide optimal digital deployment across the network.
The Cisco ACNS Network Module belongs to the Cisco Wide Area Application Engine (WAE) family of network modules (NME-WAE) and appliances that host the Cisco ACNS Software. Addressing various customer needs based on branch size, bandwidth availability, and usage patterns, the Cisco WAE product line is designed to scale to very large enterprisewide deployments. The Cisco WAE appliances are deployed symmetrically as edge devices at branches and as "root" devices at the data center, as shown in Figure 1. You can manage all appliances and network modules supported by Cisco ACNS from the same central management console, called the Cisco Central Distribution Manager (CDM), which must run on a dedicated midrange or high-end appliance. For more details about the Cisco WAE appliances, please refer to the Cisco WAE appliance datasheet at:
Figure 1. Cisco ACNS Deployment Architecture
Cisco ACNS Software License Options
The following optional Cisco ACNS Software licenses offer additional feature capabilites for deployment on the Cisco ACNS Network Module:
• The Windows Media Streaming license option provides unicast stream splitting for Windows Media streams, live broadcasts, and prepositioned digital media content, providing better end-user experience compared to standard HTTP progressive download.
• The Real streaming license option provides unicast stream splitting for Real video and audio streams, live broadcasts, and prepositioned digital media content, providing better end-user experience compared to standard HTTP progressive download.
• The Multicast Distribution license allows you to distribute digital media content over IP Multicast-enabled LAN or WAN (for example, a satellite environment).
The ACNS network module is available with the Cisco NME-WAE-502 model (Figure 2), offering edge functions and helping enterprises eliminate redundant video streaming traffic over the WAN.
Figure 2. Cisco ACNS Network Modue
Table 2 gives specifications of the Cisco ACNS Network Module.
Table 2. Cisco ACNS Network Module Specifications
Cisco 2811, 2821, 2851, 3825, and 3845 routers
Cisco IOS® Software (on router)
Cisco IOS Software Release 12.4(9)T or later
Cisco ACNS License Options
• Windows Media streaming license
• Real Streaming license
• Multicast content distribution license
Cisco ACNS Software
Cisco ACNS Software 5.5.7 or later
Internal Network Interfaces
10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity to router backplane
External Network Interfaces
10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet
64-MB Compact Flash memory
• Dimensions (H x W x D): 1.55 x 7.10 x 7.2 inches (3.9 x 18.0 x 18.3 centimeters)
• Weight: 1.5 pounds (0.7 kilograms) maximum
• Operating temperature: 41 to 104ºF (5 to 40ºC)
• Nonoperating and storage temperature: -40 to 158ºF (-40 to 70ºC)
• Operating humidity: 5 to 85% (noncondensing)
• Operating altitude: -197 to 6,000 ft (-60 to 1800m)
• UL 60950-1, Second Edition Safety of Information Technology Equipment-Safety-Part 1: General Requirements (USA); plastic materials that are exposed to the end user shall meet the requirements of fire enclosure (UL94V-1) as defined in UL 60950
• CSA 60950-1, Second Edition, Safety of Information Technology Equipment-Safety-Part 1: General Requirements (Canada)
• IEC 60950-1, Second Edition, Safety of Information Technology Equipment-Safety-Part 1: General Requirements, including all national deviations as specified in the current CB Bulletin
• EN 60950-1, Second Edition, Safety of Information Technology Equipment-Safety-Part 1: General Requirements (European Union) incorporating all Deviations, as applicable
• GB 4943-95, Safety of Information Technology Equipment (including Electrical Business Equipment) (standard for China, equivalent to IEC 60950)
• 47 CFR Part 15 Class A
• CISPR22 Class A
• EN300386 Class A
• EN55022 Class A
• SD/EMI (India)
• KN22 (Korea)
• VCCI Class I
• AS/NZS CISPR 22 Class A
• SD/EMI (India)
• KN22 (Korea)
Cisco WAAS Network Module hardware part numbers and related Cisco ACNS Software options are listed in Table 4.
Table 3. Part Numbers for Cisco ACNS Network Modules and Software
Product Part Number
Cisco ACNS Network Module for Cisco 2800 and 3800 Series ISR - 1 GB RAM, 120 GB HDD.
Cisco ACNS Network Module for Cisco 2800 and 3800 Series ISR - 1 GB RAM, 120 GB HDD (Spare)
Cisco ACNS 5.5 SW image for Network Modules
100 Mbs Windows Media License for ACNS 5.5 or higher
RealSystem v9 combined proxy/server for Cisco NM-CE
Multicast Client for ACNS 5 on CE-510-K9 CE-507-K9 NM-CE-BP
100 Mbs Windows Media License for ACNS 5.5 or higher (Spare)
RealSystem v9 combined proxy/server for Cisco NM-CE (Spare)
Multicast Client for ACNS 5 on CE-510-K9 CE-507-K9 NM-CE-BP (Spare)
Web Cache Control Protocol (WCCP) is a free software feature in Cisco IOS Software that runs on Cisco routers including the Cisco 1800, 2600, 2800, 3600, 3700, 3800, and 7000 Series, and Cisco switches such as the Cisco Catalyst
® 4500, 4900, and 6500 Series.
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