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Aggregation Services Router for high bandwidth demands

Cisco : 12 November, 2008  (New Product)
The Cisco ASR 9000 has been released taking network demands into the Zettabyte era
Cisco has announced a major leap in networking technology at the service provider network edge with the introduction of the Cisco Aggregation Services Router 9000 Series (ASR 9000). The Cisco ASR 9000 is designed to deliver massive scale, non-stop video experience and a reduced carbon footprint. The Cisco ASR 9000 meets service providers' need to increase the speed, longevity, services richness and efficiency of the network edge, a demand spurred by the massive spike in video and data traffic across wireline, cable and mobile networks.

The Cisco ASR 9000 follows the introduction eight months ago of the Cisco ASR 1000 Series, the first Cisco aggregation services router. With the 92-terabit Cisco CRS-1 Carrier Routing System (CRS) in the core, Cisco offers the most comprehensive core and edge solution to meet customer speed and scaling needs in the "zettabyte era."

"The Cisco ASR 9000 offers service providers tremendous scalability and a services-optimised architecture that truly sets a new benchmark in the industry for carrier Ethernet systems for the zettabyte era," said Pankaj Patel, senior vice president and general manager of Cisco's Service Provider Technology Group. "This platform is designed for IP NGN transformation and will be used as the Carrier Ethernet transport foundation for Video and Mobility data growth. The Cisco ASR 9000 has been specifically optimised to deliver video and rich media better than any other platform on the market."

The "Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) Forecast and Methodology, 2007-2012" report provides key findings on a variety of consumer and business Internet Protocol (IP) networking trends that are driven largely by the increasing use of video and Web 2.0 social networking and business collaboration applications. Cisco VNI projections indicate that IP traffic will increase at a combined annual growth rate of 46 percent from 2007 to 2012, nearly doubling every two years. This will result in an annual bandwidth demand on the world's IP networks of approximately 522 exabytes, or more than half a zettabyte. This demand on networks is equivalent to downloading 125 billion DVD movies per month.

"Earlier generations of edge routers were not designed to address the massive growth that IP Video is driving across mobile and wireline networks. Softbank Corporation is looking for innovative solutions that enable us to reduce costs, keep pace and converge our broadband, mobile and business networks onto common infrastructure," said Junishi Miyakawa, executive vice president, director and CTO of Softbank Mobile, Softbank BB, Softbank Telecom. "The Cisco ASR 9000 offers investment protection, massive bandwidth capacity and excellent services capability in a highly reliable and efficient design that gives us the flexibility to build a truly leading IP NGN network for our 4G mobile and video services."

The 10- and six-slot Cisco ASR 9000 offers a series of new hardware and software innovations to deliver visual networking in the "zettabyte era." Those innovations are:

* Unsurpassed scale - The Cisco ASR 9000 provides up to six times the capacity of comparable edge-router solutions, with up to 6.4 terabits per second of total capacity and up to four times the line-card speed available on the market, with 400 gigabits per slot. The Cisco ASR 9000 will also extend IP over dense wavelength-division multiplexing (IPoDWDM) with Ethernet services to the aggregation edge by integrating optical transponders. By providing IPoDWDM from core to edge with Cisco CRS-1, Cisco XR-12000 and Cisco 7600 Series Routers, the Cisco IP Next-Generation Network (IP NGN) significantly reduces network complexity and cost while reducing the carbon footprint.

* Nonstop video experience - The Cisco ASR 9000 incorporates the Cisco Advanced Video Services Module (AVSM), a major innovation enabling 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 standalone content-delivery network elements and inherits all the high-availability characteristics of the router, which optimises the network insertion point for advanced content services and moves content sourcing closer to the consumer. Fast channel change and onboard error correction for both unicast and multicast video traffic helps ensure that errors can be detected by any set-top box and retransmitted within milliseconds to maintain a transparent and optimised visual experience for the audience.

* Reduced total cost of ownership for mobility services - The Cisco ASR Series brings six times the capacity of competing products to Carrier Ethernet backhaul. Moreover, every Cisco ASR 9000 line card is SyncE-ready, which means that it inherently works with cell site routers to deliver seamless mobile handoff capabilities, avoiding the need and costs incurred to dedicate slots for additional synchronisation cards.

* Reduced carbon footprint - Modular power is designed to scale with system capacity, allowing the service provider to tier the amount of power used. The six-slot unit has design advantages utilising a patent-pending side-to-back ventilation scheme that helps service providers free up side-by-side rack space. When compared with competitive offerings, every 6.4-terabit unit deployed is estimated to save service providers the carbon equivalent of 88 tons of coal, 164 transpacific passenger flights or 16 around-the-world car trips per year.

* Enhanced edge services with Cisco QuantumFlow Processor - The Cisco ASR 9000 has unsurpassed capacity and has been designed to offer advanced subscriber management as well as use the Cisco QuantumFlow Processor to deliver silicon-based security services and video like the Cisco ASR 1000. By eliminating numerous single-function network appliances, the Cisco ASR 9000 substantially reduces a service provider's carbon footprint, resulting in greater efficiency to its networks, lower operational costs and greater environmental stewardship.

* Powered by Cisco IOS XR - The Cisco ASR 9000 capitalises on the industry benchmark Cisco IOS Software family, which is optimised for core, edge, branch and data centre. Cisco IOS XR Software offers nonstop system operation, in-service upgrade capability, and support for the distributed scale of business and residential service delivery. Operational in more than 200 service provider networks worldwide, Cisco IOS XR helps enable new levels of scale, high availability and reliability at the edge of the network to support uninterrupted video-service delivery and improved customer experience.

In addition to having Softbank as the first customer, the Cisco ASR 9000 is in trials with several tier 1 service providers based in the North America and Europe. Pricing for the system begins near $80,000 USD with availability planned for the first quarter of 2009.
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