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Cisco Media Delivery Engine 3100

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Product Overview

The Cisco ® Media Delivery Engine 3100 (MDE 3100) is part of the Cisco Enterprise Content Delivery System (ECDS), an overall media-delivery system that helps organizations easily scale video and media delivery over their WAN infrastructure. The Cisco MDE 3100 is a dedicated appliance that can run all the ECDS applications, including the Service Engine, Service Router, and CDS Manager. The Cisco MDE 3100 is an ideal media delivery platform for campus and data center deployments that require scalability for a large number of sites, users and clients. Multiple MDE 3100 may be stacked together to further scale deployments and achieve loadbalancing. The Cisco MDE 3100 provides 4 TB of total storage, including up to 3.8 TB for prepositioning and dynamic caching of the content. The Cisco MDE 3100 offers a base media license of 1 Gbps throughput and up to 2000 simultaneous streams. An additional upgrade license is available to increase the capacity to a total of 2 Gbps and 5000 simultaneous connections.
Figure 1 shows the Cisco MDE 3100.

Figure 1. Cisco MDE 3100

Features and Benefits

Table 1 lists the features and benefits of the Cisco MDE 3100.

Table 1. Cisco MDE 3100 Features and Benefits



Live stream splitting

Offers ability to efficiently split a single stream entering the Cisco ECDS network to serve multiple users, allowing the administrator to offer live streaming in a manner that scales

Content prepositioning

Uses off-hours bandwidth and delivers a consistent experience for video and other applications

Content ingest

Ingests content for live video, video on demand, and other web components for efficient media delivery and offloading of the origin server

Dynamic caching

Reduces the WAN usage for Longtail video and other content over HTTP

Dedicated Cisco Integrated Management Controller (IMC) port for device management

Manages the hardware and device environment specifics through a dedicated Cisco IMC port

Built-in storage for hosting recovery software

Uses 4 GB of internal memory to support recovery of the system and configuration from a remote, centralized management station

DataCenter & Campus Scale

Provides a robust 2-rack-unit (2RU) footprint that is ideal for data center and campus deployments

Product Specifications

Table 2 lists Cisco MDE 3100 product specifications.

Table 2. Cisco MDE 3100 Product Specifications




2RU (fits standard Telco racks with additional kit)

Weight (set)

~35 lbs

Dimensions (H x W x D)

3.45 x 17.2 x 28.4 in. (8.76 x 43.69 x 72.14 cm)


2.40GHz Xeon E5620 x2

Hard drive

Eight 500-GB Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (SATA), 7200 rpm

Total HDD bays



16-GB DDR3

Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID)


Data network interfaces

Four Gigabit Ethernet ports

Other interfaces

One serial console; Cisco Integrated Management Console


650W PSU

Backup power supply

Yes (optional)

Power rating

100 to 240 VAC, 10 to 5A, 50 or 60 Hz

CD-ROM or DVD drive


Internal USB drive

4 GB

Operating temperature

50 to 95°F (10 to 35°C)

Nonoperating temperature

-40 to 149°F (-40 to 65°C)

Operating altitude

0 to 10,000 ft (0 to 3000m); maximum ambient temperature.
Decreases by 1°C per 300m) (984 ft)

Nonoperating altitude

40.000 ft (12,000m)

Operating humidity

5 to 93% noncondensing

Nonoperating humidity

5 to 93% noncondensing


Table 3 lists regulatory and standards-compliance specifications for the Cisco MDE 3100.

Table 3. Cisco MDE 3100 Regulatory and Standards-Compliance Specifications




• UL 60950-1 No. 21CFR1040
• CAN/CSA-C22.2 No. 60950-1
• NOM-10-SCFI-10993
• IRAM IEC60950-1
• CB IEC60950-1
• EN 60950-1
• IEC 60950-1
• GOST IEC60950-1
• SABS/CB IEC6095-1
• CCC*/CB GB4943-1995
• CNS14336
• CB IEC60950-1
• AS/NZS 60950-1
• GB4943

EMC: Emissions

• 47CFR Part 15 (CFR 47) Class A
• AS/NZS CISPR22 Class A
• CISPR2 2 Class A
• EN55022 Class A
• ICES003 Class A
• VCCI Class A
• EN61000-3-2
• EN61000-3-3
• KN22 Class A
• CNS13438 Class A

EMC: Immunity

• EN50082-1
• EN61000-6-1
• EN55024
• EN300386
• KN 61000-4 Series

Ordering Information

Table 4 lists ordering information.

Table 4. Cisco MDE 3100 Ordering Information

Product Name

Part Number

Media Delivery Engine 3100, 2RU, 16GB, HW


500 GB Hard Drive for MDE 3100, 2 RU


ECDS Software for MDE 3100, 2 RU


ECDS Base Media license for MDE 3100 - 1 Gbps/2000 concurrent connections


Optional Content Acquisition license for MDE 3100


Management Software License for ECDS System, MDE 3100


Optional Media Acquirer Software License Upgrade for MDE 3100


ECDS Media License MDE-3100- 1Gbps/3000 streams upgrade License


Service and Support

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For More Information

For more information about the Cisco Media Delivery Engine 3100, contact your local Cisco account representative.