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Ask the Expert: Enterprise Design and Deployment of Multicast

09-01-2014 08:15 AM PST thru 09-12-2014 04:15 PM PST

Welcome to this Cisco Support Community Ask the Expert conversation. This is an opportunity to learn and ask questions about Cisco enterprise design and deployment of multicast solutions.

The enterprise world is evolving to be overcome with large throughput capacity and record numbers of users connecting to the network. Mechanisms such as multicast, which allows for a minimization of throughput for multiple users subscribing to the same stream, are a welcome addition. Applications such as enterprise all-hands video streaming, trading applications, mass operating system deployment, and custom implementations can put a strain on the network if done via unicast. Multicast can minimize this strain by replicating a single stream for subscription by multiple parties who would like to receive the same information. For this Ask the Expert event, Patrick Lloyd, CCIE R&S no. 39750 and a network consulting engineer with Cisco’s Enterprise Advanced Services Delivery Team, will answer questions about multicast design and implementation based on best practices and prior experience with large enterprise deployments.

Patrick Lloyd is a network consulting engineer for Cisco’s Enterprise East Advanced Services team, working to support and lend his expertise to a number of financial, insurance, healthcare, and consulting customers. In his four years of experience, he has lent design expertise to multicast networks ranging from 500 Cisco devices and 20K users to upward of 4500 Cisco devices and 50K users. Patrick is certified with his Cisco Certified Internetworking Expert no. 39750 in the Routing and Switching track and also has achieved certification in CCNA Security and Securing Cisco Routers and Switches as part of the CCNP Security track. Patrick received his MS degree in networking and systems administration from Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY, and his BS degree in computer science from Eastern Connecticut State University. He frequently gives customer-based knowledge transfers.

Remember to use the rating system to let Patrick know if you have received an adequate response.

Because of the volume expected during this event, Patrick might not be able to answer every question. Remember that you can continue the conversation in Network Infrastructure under the subcommunity WAN, Routing & Switching shortly after the event. This event lasts through September 12, 2014. Visit this forum often to view responses to your questions and the questions of other Cisco Support Community members.