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from Cisco Meeting Server 2.2, Single Split Server Deployment Guide:

The Meeting Server includes a Recording facility and a Streaming facility.

Only enable the Recorder/Streamer on the same server as the Call Bridge if you are simply evaluating the features.

For normal deployment enable the Recorder/Streamer on a different server to the Call Bridge.

If you intend to deploy the Recorder and Streamer on the same Meeting Server, you will need to size the server appropriately for both uses

Recording:

From Cisco Meeting Server 2.2, Single Split Server Deployment Guide and

Cisco Meeting Server, Deployment Planning and Preparation Guide:

The Recorder component on the Meeting Server adds the capability of recording meetings

and saving the recordings to a document storage such as a network file system (NFS).

The Recorder is only required if you intend to record meetings.

The recommended deployment for production usage of the Recorder is to run it on a dedicated VM with a minimum of 4 physical cores and 4GB .

In such a deployment, the Recorder should support 2 recordings per physical core, so a maximum of 8 simultaneous recordings.

For higher number of recordings:

large CMS Recorders.jpg

This is an example of a BE6K hosting CUCM, Exp-C, Exp-E, CMS Video MCU and CMS Recorder/Streamer.

CMS recorder vmtool example.PNG

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Storage requirements and size of recordings

From Cisco Meeting Server, Deployment Planning and Preparation Guide:

Where possible it is recommended that the Recorder is deployed in the same physical locality as the target file system to ensure low latency and high network bandwidth.

It is expected that the NFS is located within a secure network.

The recorder uses variable bit rate, so it is not possible to accurately predict how much storage a recording will take.

Our testing has shown that the size of 720p30 recordings ranges between 300MB to 800MB for 1 hour.

In terms of budgeting it would be safe to assume 1GB per hour.

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Streaming

From Cisco Meeting Server, Deployment Planning and Preparation Guide :

The Streamer is only required if you intend to stream meetings (from version 2.1).

The Streamer component adds the capability of streaming meetings held in a space to the URI configured on the space.

An external streaming server needs to be configured to be listening on this URI.

The external streaming server can then offer live streaming to users, or it can record the live stream for later playback.

The recommended deployment for production usage of the Streamer is to run it on a separate VM.

This VM should be sized with 1 vCPU and 1GB of memory per 6 concurrent streams, with a minimum of 4 vCPUs and a maximum of 32vCPUs.

Note1: Several standards based streaming servers are known to work with the Streamer, but Cisco only offers support for VBrick as an external streaming server.

Note2: If you intend to deploy the Recorder and Streamer on the same Meeting Server, you will need to size the server appropriately for both uses

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Recording/Streaming licenses:

One 'recording' license supports 1 concurrent streaming or 1 recording.

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Recorder Redundancy:

from Cisco Meeting Server 2.2, Single Split Server Deployment Guide

The Recorder also supports redundant configurations, see Figure 20.

If you use multiple recorders then the solution load balances recordings between all recording devices and no knowledge of the physical location of recording devices is known.

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Recording modes:

Recording could occur automatic or manual (user starts/stops).

from Cisco Meeting Server 2.2, Single Split Server Deployment Guide

recording modes.jpg

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How to order:

There is a Recording & Streaming Starter kit which includes Base software for Recorder/Streamer

and 1 concurrent license recording/streaming port.

If you want you can add more recording/streaming license ports.

See attached sample bom with two recording/streaming ports in total (Starter kit plus one recording/streaming port).

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Demo/evaluation?

Please contact your Cisco Partner or Cisco Account team for demo/evaluation.

Dcloud.cisco.com offers Cisco Meeting Server (CMS) labs that include CMS recorder.

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Alkiviadis

DISCLAIMER: this post was created in order to provide useful info to Cisco partners and customers in my area (Greece/Cyprus and Malta).  For official and updated information, please consult cisco documentation, datasheets and ordering guides.

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