Cisco has announced what it says it "a major advancement in Internet networking", the Cisco CRS-3 Carrier Routing System (CRS) - designed to serve the next-generation Internet and set the pace for the growth of video transmission, mobile devices and new online services.
The company says its new system has more than twelve times the traffic capacity of the nearest competing system, and is designed to transform the broadband communication and entertainment industry by accelerating the delivery of compelling new experiences for consumers, new revenue opportunities for service providers, and new ways to collaborate in the workplace.
The Cisco CRS-3 triples the capacity of its predecessor, the Cisco CRS-1 Carrier Routing System, with a throughput of up to 322 Terabits per second, more than tripling the 92 Tbps capacity of the Cisco CRS-1.
This new platform enables unified service delivery of Internet and cloud services with service intelligence spanning Internet Protocol Next-Generation Networks (IP NGNs) and data center. The Cisco CRS-3 also provides savings with investment protection for the nearly 5,000 Cisco CRS-1 deployed worldwide.
Cisco says itss cumulative investment in the Cisco CRS family is now at US$1.6 billion, further underscoring the company's commitment.
AT&T, one of the world's largest telecommunications companies, recently tested the Cisco CRS-3 in a successful completion of the world's first field trial of 100-Gigabit backbone network technology, which took place in AT&T's live network between New Orleans and Miami. The trial advances AT&T's development of the next generation of backbone network technology that will support the network requirements for the growing number of advanced services offered by AT&T to consumer and business customers, both fixed and mobile.
The Cisco CRS-3 is currently in field trials, and its pricing starts at US$90,000.
In addition to capacity requirements, the growths of mobile and video applications are creating new multidirectional traffic patterns with the increasing emergence of the data center cloud. The new Cisco Data Center Services System provides tight linkages between the Cisco CRS-3, Cisco Nexus family and Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) to enable unified service delivery of cloud services. This intelligence also includes carrier-grade IPv6 (CGv6) and core IP/MPLS technologies that permit new IP NGN architectural efficiencies required to keep pace with the rapidly growing cloud services market. Unique capabilities include:
Its Network Positioning System (NPS)provides Layers 3 to 7 application information for best path to content, improving consumer and business experiences while reducing costs, while a cloud virtual private network (VPN) for Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) enables 'pay-as-you-go' for compute, storage and network resources by automating Cisco CRS-3 and Cisco Nexus Inter-Data center connections for Cisco UCS.
The Cisco CRS-3 is powered by the new Cisco QuantumFlow Array Processor, which unifies the combined power of six chips to work as one, enabling unprecedented levels of service capabilities and processing power. Making this implementation even more unique is its ability to deliver capabilities with a fraction of the power required by lesser performing chipsets. The Cisco QuantumFlow Array chipset was designed to provide the new system the ability to scale with the ever increasing demands being placed on the IP NGN by the many different applications and billions of devices being used by both businesses and consumers in the Zettabyte era.