Although well known for oil and cattle, Texas is home to many high technology companies (including the Cisco campus of yours truly), and is the largest clean energy (wind) producer in the USA. It’s also got a booming economy that needs advanced telecommunications services to all parts of the state.
To that point, we recently talked with the team at Texas Lone Star Network (TLSN). Located just 50 miles northwest of the capital of Austin, TLSN operates a Cisco DWDM fiber network spanning over 3000 route miles offering wavelength, Ethernet, and SONET services to its 39 consortium company members, national carriers, wireless carriers, regional cable TV operators, colleges and the federal government. Earlier in the year they made the decision to upgrade their network with a deployment of Cisco’s ASR 9000 Series routers.
TLSN has connected the new ASR 9000 routers with 10G optical wavelengths enabled in the Cisco DWDM backbone network. The enhanced network provides them the foundation for new, revenue generating services, including cloud computing, cell backhaul, and IP/MPLS virtual private networks. In particular, cell backhaul is expected to be a growth area because of the number of 4G deployments going on in Texas right now.
“With the rapid growth in customer demand for higher capacity , driven especially by video, mobile, and high speed data services, we had to scale our network, but we had to also watch our operational expenses. Leveraging our new Carrier Ethernet platform we’re able to offer new services cost effectively to our member companies and customers to ensure that technologies such as telemedicine and distance learning are available to any community in the state. Plus, with our Texas-wide footprint we can offer both a wide range of highly available services coupled with a unique footprint that other providers can’t match.”
Brad Seymour, General Manager, TLSN
Beyond service flexibility, TLSN had two additional requirements that we’re seeing more often. First was investment protection - although on Day 1 they only needed 10GE interfaces, they didn’t want to be precluded from upgrading to 100G in the future. Cisco announced a 2x100GE card for the ASR 9000 a few weeks ago which will be available later this calendar year, so the ASR 9000 was a perfect fit. The second requirement was ensuring that any new network would be able to support IPv6 seamlessly, which again the ASR 9000 could already cover. In fact, on this they didn’t wait a bit: TLSN is already routing IPv6 traffic over their new ASR 9000′s.
Here at Cisco, we welcome TLSN to the growing family of ASR 9000 Series customers.