Building on the success of the Cisco® Media Processor Family of live encoding solutions, Cisco offers a comprehensive management solution for multi-encoder streaming operations: the Cisco Media Processor Management Console. This software manager helps simplify the management, configuration, and monitoring of all of your live encoders.
Figure 1. Cisco Media Processor Management Console workflow example.
• Power interruption detection and recovery: If power is interrupted, the management console reboots and automatically starts streaming with the most recent successful settings. (This feature is built into all Cisco encoders.)
• Media server failover (2-3 seconds): Primary and backup encoders have identical settings, and both are streaming to a media server. The media server detects when the first stream stops, and automatically plays the second stream (requires implementation on the media server).
• One-to-one backup: Primary and backup encoders have identical settings, but only the primary is streaming. If the management console loses communication with the primary encoder, it automatically starts the backup encoder.
• One-to-many backup: Multiple primary encoders are streaming with one backup encoder. When the management console loses communication with a primary encoder, it applies the preset to the backup encoder, and when the video source is moved, it starts the backup encoder (requires manual connection of the video source).
• Cisco Media Processor Management Console: This Java-based application is the user interface, which can be installed on multiple systems. It communicates with the Cisco Media Processor Management Server to display information about all connected processors, and provides access to all of the features of the Cisco Media Processor Management Server.
• Cisco Media Processor Management Server: This application manages all of the communication to the Cisco Media Processors. It is normally installed on a dedicated server.
• Cisco Media Processor live streaming encoders (sold separately): These nodes are the encoding nodes responsible for receiving live video and audio sources and encoding them into the appropriate streaming format. They contain a messaging service that communicates with the Cisco Media Processor Management Server.
Cisco Media Processor Management Console Features
• Manage multiple encoders from a single, easy-to-use interface.
• Monitor live events for alarms or alerts.
• Global calendar scheduling optimizes resource allocation.
• Ability to monitor live outgoing streams.
• Robust redundancy and failover options are available.
• Schedule live events, software upgrades, and maintenance events.
• Create and edit presets, and apply them to individual encoders.
• The management console supports the Harris Panacea line of routers to provide automated failover from a serial digital interface (SDI) source.
Cisco Media Processor Management Console Server Specifications and Hardware Requirements
Table 1. Cisco Media Processor Management Console Server Specifications and Hardware Requirements