I just got back from Carrier Ethernet World Congress 2011 in Amsterdam and it provided a great opportunity to meet many of our service provider customers from around the world. It also proved to be an ideal forum to share experiences as well as visions for the communications industry between different vendors and network operators. For the Cisco team, one of the highlights of the event was winning the “IIR Carrier Ethernet Vendor Award EMEA” in the “Best Carrier Ethernet Aggregation Product” category with the Cisco ASR 9000 System. Now deployed with over 750 customers worldwide, this was another great endorsement of our Carrier Ethernet strategy and the cost benefits associated with Cisco Network Virtualization (nV) technology.
Sultan Dawood accepts the Carrier Ethernet Vendor Award on behalf of Cisco.
Lastly but definitely not the least – there were good debates around Carrier Ethernet technology in general and its advancement to become more integrated for CDN and Cloud and also around whether to use MPLS all the way to the access. Most of the providers I spoke to as well as who presented out there, were all thinking about using some form or shape of MPLS in access. Some providers were thinking of leveraging MPLS-TP for their point-to-point access, while having full IP/MPLS in the pre-aggregation device. Some providers wanted to push IP/MPLS all the way to their last mile access device, where they would initiate the service and believed the operational benefits outweighed any additional costs associated with this type of deployment.
If you weren’t able to make it to CEWC, next month we’ll be in New York City November 8th and 9th at Light Reading’s Ethernet Expo. Please contact your Cisco account team if you’d like to set up a personal briefing with us and need a complimentary pass to the event – we’d love to see you there!