Cisco debuts next-generation router

Cisco Systems has introduced a new router capable of moving 6.4 terabytes of Internet data traffic per second ' a sixfold increase in capacity over most existing products.

The new Cisco Aggregation Services Router 9000 Series (ASR 9000) is aimed at meeting the anticipated spike in demands on next-generation networks as the growth of video, mobile broadband and other bandwidth-intensive Internet applications continues to escalate. The new high-capacity router is expected to be particularly effective for carriers dealing with high concentrations of data users, typically in cities where many local networks are exchanging data.

Cisco's Pankaj Patel, senior vice president and general manager of the Cisco Service Provider Technology Group, said the new hardware took four years and $200 million to develop, and has 10 times the bandwidth capacity of Cisco's ASR 1000 router, which Cisco introduced in March 2008. It offers a number of innovations, he said, including:
  • By providing IP over dense wavelength-division multiplexing with Ethernet services, and by integrating optical transponders, the ASR 9000 will significant reduce network complexity and cost.
  • The Cisco ASR 9000 incorporates Cisco's Advanced Video Services Module (AVSM), an innovation that enables terabytes of streaming capacity at the aggregation edge while simultaneously offering content caching, ad insertion, fast channel change and error correction. The Cisco AVSM eliminates the need for stand-alone content-delivery network elements.
  • Its modular power is designed to scale with system capacity, allowing the service provider to tier the amount of power used. Each 6.4-terabit unit deployed is estimated to save service providers the carbon equivalent of 88 tons of coal, 164 trans-Pacific passenger flights or 16 around-the-world car trips per year, Cisco officials said.

The networking equipment giant projects a sixfold increase in Internet traffic between 2007 and 2012, as the world's demand on IP network capacity reaches 522 exabytes ' equivalent to downloading 125 billion DVD movies per month.
The new router is expected to cost around $80,000.

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Wyatt Kash served as chief editor of GCN (October 2004 to August 2010) and also of Defense Systems (January 2009 to August 2010). He currently serves as Content Director and Editor at Large of 1105 Media.

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