Cisco's CRS-X Router to Offer 10 Times Capacity of Original
Cisco's new core router will bring speeds of up to 400 gigabits per second, faster than the CRS-1, which was introduced in 2004.Cisco Systems officials have been warning about the explosive growth of Internet traffic that will hit over the next few years, as more people use more connected devices that will generate massive amounts of data. In the company's latest Visual Networking Index report, Cisco officials are projecting that global Internet traffic will triple between 2012 and 2017, hitting 1.4 zettabytes—much of which will include video—with 3.6 billion Internet users and more than 19 billion Internet connections. All of this will put a tremendous amount of pressure on service providers and wireless carriers to keep up with the huge demand from customers. The networking vendor on June 12 announced a new core router that officials said will help such customers keep up with the surging demand. The Carrier Routing System (CRS-X) router will deliver 10 times the capacity of the initial CRS router, which was launched 10 years ago. Each slot system will offer speeds of up to 400 gigabits per second—or that can be expanded to almost 1 petabit per second in a multi-chassis deployment, and up to 6.4 terabits per second per rack—help customers migrate from their 10 Gigabit Ethernet network infrastructures to the 100 GbE networks they will need to meet customer needs, and enable existing CRS-1 and CRS-3 users to easily upgrade to the CRS-X.
"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," Surya Panditi, senior vice president and general manager of Cisco's Service Provider Networking group, said in a statement. "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."