Happy Birthday, CRS-1! Our flagship router, the Cisco Carrier Routing System, or CRS-1, just celebrated its 5 year anniversary in style with the announcement of three new customers:
- Megafon, the largest mobile provider in Russia which is deploying a new 3G network for the country
- Free, in France, which has a range of offerings, including its Fiber-To-The-Home broadband offering (of which, as a consumer, I’m envious it’s not available in my neighborhood)
- Mobinil, in Egypt, which is that country’s largest mobile provider offering a range of multimedia services, such as mobile TV.
These three providers join the ranks of more than 300 others in the world, including ATT, BT, Comcast, DT, Swisscom, Softbank and more, that are using the CRS-1 as their core platform to support the growth of their businesses.Personally, this milestone is significant as I was a part of the original launch team a half decade ago. During that rollout, we were met by many who were awed by its capability (the CRS-1 still is the most capable, highest capacity router in the market) and others who were quite skeptical. “Why would any provider need THAT much capacity?” and “there will never be a need for more than 50 of these units for the global network in total” were some of the questions and claims we worked to counter. Fortunately, history as proven the vision of many who created and ushered the system to market (including Tony Bates and Suraj Shetty, who are familiar to most of our readership). Instead of only shipping 50 units in the product line’s history, we’ve had some weeks where we’ve shipped more than 50, with over 3200 chassis shipped to date and counting. The total deployed capacity so far is staggering – one of our engineers tabulated that there was enough to support a simultaneous TelePresence session with nearly half the world’s population (yowza!). And while that is quite a bit, amazing as it sounds, it is only scratching the surface of what’s going to be needed in our Connected Lives of the future.As we’ve reported in the past, the Cisco Visual Networking Index forecasts staggering levels of the IP Traffic in the coming years (we’ll be announcing an updated forecast in early June, btw) – providers, like AT&T whose Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson commented on it this week at the D | All Things Digital conference, are continuing to build out their networks to meet demand, and Cisco is continuing to innovate to make the CRS-1, its edge counterpart, the ASR 9000, and the rest of our portfolio along with our services, the best in the market to help them seize the opportunity such demand brings.The CRS-1 will certainly be having some new attributes that we’ll be telling you about in the future, but for now, please join me in wishing the CRS-1 a very happy birthday – and many, many more.