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VC-as-a-Service for African NRENs


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A costed proposal to enable NRENs under UbuntuNet Alliance leverage the benefits of the TENET Vidyo based Videoconferencing Service

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VC-as-a-Service for African NRENs

  1. 1. Videoconferencing-as-a-Service for African NRENs Making it happen UbuntuNet Connect, Entebbe, Uganda, November 2016
  2. 2. The offer •  TENET has a VC system based on Vidyo that can be shared with the UA community •  It is available now •  Cost sharing means good value •  Wholly software based system •  Works with rooms, laptops/desktops, mobile and web •  Integrates existing H.323/SIP systems
  3. 3. What is Vidyo? •  High quality – up to 5K and 60fps on suitable hardware •  Adapts well to fluctuating network conditions •  End points do the encode/decode/composition of images •  Support for H.323/SIP endpoints via transcoding Gateway •  Directory integration •  Replay, Recording and Streaming •  Cross platform OS support –  Windows, MacOS and Linux –  iOS and Android •  High quality content sharing •  Used by CERN and SKA
  4. 4. Enhancement Layer Base Layer Significant ImpactSingle Layer (AVC) Multi-layer (SVC) Minor or No Impact AVC - Single Layer vs. SVC - Multi- Layer Source: Vidyo
  5. 5. The Vidyo Landscape
  6. 6. Vidyo Endpoints (Personal) •  Desktop and Laptop –  Clients for MacOS, Windows (XP – 10) and Linux –  Up to 1080p30 encode and UHD 4K (3840x2160) Decode on suitable hardware (i7) –  Show up to 8 participants and content on separate screen –  Automatic Echo Suppression •  Invite unlimited guests •  Calendar integration •  Mobile –  Android and iOS •  Web (for guests) –  Small one-time plugin download currently –  Native SVC based WebRTC coming soon
  7. 7. Vidyo endpoints (Rooms) •  Existing H.323/SIP Endpoints –  Polycom, Lifesize, Cisco, etc. •  VidyoRooms –  Vidyo badged CODECs –  VidyoRoom SE – bring your own (i7) PC –  Off the shelf cameras, audio equipment, etc. –  Will run up to X2 5K screens or X4 Full HD (1080p) screens –  Calendar integration (Exchange & Google)
  8. 8. Jo’burg VidyoPortal (Cold spare) Cape Town Cape Town VidyoRouter VidyoPortal Jo’burg VidyoRouter Vidyo Recording & Streaming Server VidyoGateway Durban UKZN Durban VidyoRouter VidyoGateway (Planned) VidyoGateway (on premises) SKA KENET Nairobi VidyoRouter VidyoGateway VidyoGateway VidyoGateway CERN VidyoRouter vidyo-dashboard VM2VM1 VM3 WebRTC Server VidyoGateway VidyoGateway ZAMREN Lusaka VidyoRouter VM1 TENET Vidyo Setup - November 2016
  9. 9. Extending the service •  KENET have deployed a VidyoRouter and VidyoGateway •  ZAMREN have deployed VidyoRouter •  Connected to TENET’s VidyoPortal in Cape Town •  Traffic between Kenyan sites stays in Kenya, & between Zambian sites stays in Zambia •  Only needed a VM instance with capability to run these components •  Has worked well in practice with some large meetings and no reports of instability or difficulties in connecting •  Kenyan and Zambian users also have access to TENET Replay server in Cape Town for recording and streaming –  Option to deploy Replay server locally (runs under virtualisation)
  10. 10. Benefits •  (Private) Cloud like shared service –  One pool of licenses shared across multiple users and countries –  Resilience –  Extensibility •  Start small, grow the infrastructure as needed •  Not “rip & replace” – existing H.323 estate can continue to participate •  Reach out to partners and collaborators world-wide •  A ready made service! •  Support and training
  11. 11. Costs •  Initially share of TENET’s “Hosted lines” licence: –  $10,000 per year •  Additional support for locally deployed infrastructure –  $2,000 for three years per Router/Gateway •  Room systems (if required) –  Double screen trolley system •  $5,000 to $6,000 each depending on shipping/customs –  “Boardroom” type setups •  $9,000 - $10,000 depending on requirements and shipping
  12. 12. Why Vidyo •  Vidyo scores where need is for quality and stability –  Quality video and audio (up to 5K Video) –  Very high quality data-sharing •  Engineering and medical applications •  Integration of desktop and mobile with room systems •  Stability under fluctuating network conditions •  Flexibility •  Scalability
  13. 13. Connecting to Mombassa Link up between academic in Cape Town, Heads of Institutions in Kenya and the University of Nairobi
  14. 14. Thank you • •  @robbristow •  00 27 791 818 708