Routers Technology & Services

Cisco is extending its core routing product line with a new model boasting 400 Gbps per slot capacity and the ability to scale to multi-chassis configuration with nearly 1 petabit per second capacity.  The platform is engineered for high densities of 10 GE, 40 GE and 100 GE in core service provider networks.  The scalability enables up to 64×100 GE ports in one chassis.  The platform is powered by a new set of custom ASICs developed in-house.

The Cisco Carrier Routing System-X (CRS-X), which will ship later this year, retains IOS-XR and line-card compatibility with the previous CRS models while offering 10 times the capacity of the original CRS-1, which was introduced in 2004.

Key innovations include Cisco AnyPort technology allowing the use of new CMOS-based line card (Cisco CPAK)  to reduce power consumption, reduce the cost of sparing, and increase deployment flexibility. For example, each interface can be configured for either single port 100 Gigabit Ethernet, 2×40 GE, or 10 x10 GE and either short-, long-, or extended-reach optics by selecting a specific CPAK transceiver.

The CRS-X architecture also allows for IP and optical layer convergence. The CRS-X can be configured with integrated optics or the new Cisco nV optical satellite.  Both allow for a single IP and optical system that utilizes Cisco’s nLight technology for control plane automation.  The nV optical satellite deployments operate as a single managed system with the Cisco CRS Family to reduce operational expense and deliver high-density 100 GE scaling.

 “Cisco’s flagship networking platforms are designed with investment protection for decades and beyond, unlike other technology providers, which force operators to rip and replace their products on a regular basis.  Service providers, large educational and research networks, and government agencies around the world are preparing for the next-generation Internet and the increasing demand for video, collaboration and distributed computing.  Cisco CPAK technology and 400 Gbps per slot CRS-X demonstrate Cisco’s commitment to leading the industry in IP core technology and protecting the investment of our existing CRS customers,”