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 are designed for that new era. (For more on VNI, see Cisco Internet Study Projects Exponential Growth Of Video Traffic).

The new ASR 9000 system offers 96 terabits per second (Tbps). According to Cisco, a single ASR 9000 system could stream recordings of all Super Bowls, World Cup and Cricket World Cup matches ever played in less than a second.

Central to the ASR 9000 is Cisco’s latest innovation: nV (network virtualization) technology. nV will be deployed first on the ASR 9000 system and then will made available on other Cisco platforms in the future as networks continue to evolve.

The ASR 9000 system is positioned in the edge and aggregation sections of the network, and it complements the Cisco CRS-3 Carrier Routing System (CRS) located in the core of the next-generation Internet. (For more on CRS-3, See Cisco’s Next-Gen Architecture Focuses on Video, 100 Gig).

Key facts about the ASR 9000 system:

  • Cisco is expanding its ASR 9000 Series with 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. These new additions along with the Cisco ASR 9010 and Cisco ASR 9006 routers will help deliver a single system for high-speed business and residential connectivity to deliver new video, mobile and cloud services.
  • The nV technology blends the network edge, aggregation and access layers into a single ASR 9000 system for the next-generation Internet to simplify operation, increase network capacity and accelerate IPv6 services.
  • 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.

Several major global providers are deploying the new Cisco ASR 9000, including China Telecom, Comcast, Cox Communications, Fastweb, NTT Plala and Tata Communications.

On a media Webcast announcing the ASR 9000, Jay Rolls, Cox Communications’ senior vice president/technology said, "We have about 100 ASRs. We’re looking forward to diving in and understanding the new capabilities. We need to disassociate our apps from the network; start separating those and not making them appliance-vertical solutions. We have more demands on what we need out of the network."

Rolls also mentioned Cox has finished its DOCSIS 3.0 deployments and is in negotiations to double its raw fiber in its national footprint within the next year or two.?

-Linda Hardesty

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