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October 05, 2012

Cisco News - Cisco Announces CRS Elastic Core Solution for More Efficient, Programmable Internet Service

By Colleen Lynch, TMCnet Contributor

Cisco (News - Alert) announced yesterday its new solution for elastic core networking. The solution includes the industry’s first integrated, coherent 100 Gbps Internet Protocol, as well as Cisco’s new nLight technology for its Carrier Routing System (CRS).

By enabling service providers to cost-effectively launch and scale services, the new solution will generate revenue and shorten launch time from months to minutes.

The new solution also significantly reduces network total cost of ownership, which makes it a vital and key element of the Cisco Open Network Environment (ONE) framework.

Now that Cisco ONE has elastic core capabilities, service providers of any size can deploy multi-chassis routing configurations, tailored for easier scaling.

The national research and education network CESNET, based in the Czech Republic, is currently transitioning to the Cisco CRS with the new 100 Gbps solution, with Cisco’s nLight technology.

“CESNET is very happy to be the first customer to deploy Cisco’s nLight silicon, enabling 100 Gbps IPoDWDM in a production network,” said Jan Gruntorád, managing director and member of the board of directors at CESNET, commenting on the deployment. “IPoDWDM is a very innovative technology that will serve as the foundation for our high-speed data services, while helping us reduce network costs and improve network operations.”

Benefits of the new CRS Core solution include elastic scale, elastic transport and elastic services – all of which work together to minimize network complexity and maximize service monetization.

“The Cisco CRS provides an intelligent core solution with the ability to scale up to 400 Gbps per slot, which will meet our service demands well into the future. The CRS enables reliable and continuous operation, as well as a very smooth migration path from the CRS-1 to the CRS-3 platform,” said Gruntorád.

Bill Gartner (News - Alert), vice president and general manager of High-End Routing and Optical Group at Cisco, explained the strength of the solution, and where the impetus for the changes came from:

“Service providers and large educational and research networks around the world are preparing for the next-generation Internet and the increasing demand for video, collaboration, and distributed computing,” he said. “Innovations in 100 Gbps coherent IPoDWDM and Cisco nLight technology are a testament to Cisco's commitment to leading the industry in both Internet Protocol and optical technologies.”

In other words, exploding traffic growth and complex Internet traffic patterns has sent service providers on a search for core solutions with converged IP and optical networks, agile and efficient service to provide scalable bandwidth, and an easier way to interconnect data centers – all of which Cisco’s new solution has. 

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Edited by Braden Becker

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