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The CRS-1: Momentum, Momentum, Momentum

When Cisco announced the CRS-1 core router (http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps5763/index.html) in 2004, more than a few people predicted that the company would sell no more than 50. Today, less than five years later, Cisco has shipped in excess of 3000.That’s called exceeding expectations.In a huge way. And it’s nothing new.In fact, 100 had been shipped after the CRS-1 had been on the market for just one year. The figure reached 900 by mid-2007, and it surpassed 3000 just 18 months after that -60 times that original prediction . . . and still going.Also, Cisco has shipped more than 150 multi-chassis units of the CRS-1 to address growing customer demands for network efficiencies. Why? Well, Cisco’s prediction of exponential growth in IP traffic -as detailed in its Visual Networking Index -has been proven correct. Traffic growth is being driven by increased network, service and application convergence to facilitate delivery of video services. The CRS-1 supports this growth with its capacity and ability to provide network efficiencies and support network virtualization.Don’t believe it? You can ask some of the more than 300 customers that have purchased CRS-1s (http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps5763/products_press_coverage_list.html).

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