Cisco’s ASR 9000, Designed for the Zettabyte Era

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Cisco is never giving up innovation, so it is always upgrading is core technology to bring more professional networking solutions and better network services to our CISCO users and enterprise. Recently, exactly, June, 2011, to help service providers meet the rising tide of traffic generated and to help businesses make the transition to IPv6, Cisco’s newly released Visual Networking Index Forecast (VNI) marks the beginning of what the company calls the “Zettabyte Era,” and its new ASR 9000 Series aggregation-services routers.

The new Cisco ASR 9000 system consists of the new Cisco ASR 9922 Router and high-density 10G and 100G interfaces for the network edge and the Cisco ASR 9000v for the network aggregation layer, as well as the existing Cisco ASR 9010 and Cisco ASR 9006 Routers.

Cisco on June 7 also introduced a new innovation called nV (network virtualization) technology, which was created to make network management easier and grow capacity by collapsing the network edge, aggregation and access layers into a single ASR 9000 system.

According to Cisco officials, the new ASR 9000 system combined with the nV technology offers 36 times the capacity of other competing products at 96 terabits per second. With such capacity, users could stream recordings of all Super Bowls, World Cup and Cricket World Cup matches in less than a second, or download 180,000 DVDs every minute, the vendor said.

The combination also means operating cost savings of up to 70 percent compared with competing edge platforms, simplified IPv6 transition and support for Cisco’s Videoscape technology.


More Facts about the ASR 9000 system:

Network simplification and savings are achieved through plug-and-play capabilities, singular point-of-service management using Cisco Prime for Internet Protocol Next-Generation Network (IP NGN), cost-effective configurations and ease-of-deployment features. This capability is available to the more than 500 existing Cisco ASR 9000 customers via an upgrade.

Cisco Videoscape technology is supported with the Cisco Integrated Service Module for caching, streaming and monitoring to optimize and monetize the video experience.


From Official Cisco

The Cisco ASR 9000 Series can be positioned for the following applications:

Residential any-play services, including cable, DSL, Passive Optical Network (PON), and Ethernet to the X (ETTx)

Business Layer 2 VPN and Layer 3 VPN services

Mobile aggregation

Video service-delivery networks



According to Cisco, the ASR 9000v product is available now, with the ASR 9922 becoming available early next year. But existing customers won’t have to deploy all new gear to take advantage of Cisco’s new virtualization technology. Cisco says the 500 operators who have already bought ASR 9000 gear will be able to introduce the intelligence with a simple upgrade.

The company already has several customers for the technology, including China Telecom, Cox Communications, Comcast and FastWeb. Verizon Wireless also uses Cisco’s ASR 9000 routers.


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