Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) Completes Check Of Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO)’s Hybrid Information-Centric Networking


In an industry first, Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) and Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) are collaborating on growing adoption of Hybrid ICN, an innovative and emerging way to content-aware service offerings.

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By bringing focus of network communication on “named data” over location identifiers, Cisco and Verizon consider they can considerably simplify next-gen network architecture; improve user-to-content communication; and enhance storage, security and mobility in the network. In association with Cisco, Verizon showcased Cisco Systems’ open-source ICN software and checked its advantages over standard TCP/IP solutions for enhanced mobile video delivery in a laboratory at the Verizon Innovation Center in MA.

The showcased benefits comprise major features of the ICN communication setup – including dynamic load balancing of media and dynamic adaptive streaming solutions, which will result in a better user experience. In the arrangement, caching/forwarding strategies increase bandwidth savings and traffic localization in backhaul/core through enhanced multicast.

Subsequently, Verizon also demonstrated major features of Hybrid-ICN by streamlining the insertion of ICN know-how in current IP infrastructure and allowing co-occurrence with legacy IP traffic. Srini Kalapala of Verizon expressed that the Hybrid-ICN solution offers all the advantages of ICN communication with insignificant existing IP infrastructure upgrades needed.

By showcasing the advantages of a virtualized Hybrid-ICN arrangement at scale, they demonstrated how the know-how can simplify the way customers access content in a mobile scenario and result in a better user experience. They are delighted with the outcome of their collaboration with Cisco as well as with the promise of the know-how.

Dave Ward of Cisco expressed that their Hybrid-ICN solution offers secure content-intelligent vehicle for network service providers. Through their co-development with Verizon, they noted that H-ICN supports the network edge with computing capabilities and low latency caching for the advancement of new revenue-generating apps such as augmented and virtual reality, IoT for 5G and enterprise multi-radio access.


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