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SP360: Service Provider

The other day, I raced out of my office on my way to the airport and traffic was a mess. I realized I had not left enough buffer time to get to the airport and check in before running to security. Well, sitting in the taxi, I reached for my smartphone, went online and checked-in to save myself the check-in line at the airport. I managed to make my flight, albeit a little more stressed than usual.

I sat on the plane and reached for my laptop only to realize I left it at my desk. What a disaster! Well, not quite, I happened to have my tablet and smartphone with me -- enough to do my work while I traveled to visit a customer. This wouldn’t have been an option five years ago and it became very clear to me at that moment that the Internet has gone completely mobile.

We all need and want to be connected constantly, using whatever device we choose and want to do more of our work and personal activities wherever and whenever we want.  Having multiple devices with many applications has truly become what we like to call the “new normal.” As would be expected, this new normal brings a substantial change to mobile networks and all of this poses significant opportunities and challenges for our service provider customers.

Operators must build core networks with flexibility, intelligence and scalability.  With the Cisco ASR 5500, announced last week, Cisco has the answer.

The ASR 5500 is the newest addition to the ASR 5000 Series and uses purpose built hardware while leveraging the same software as the ASR 5000.  This new platform couples massive performance with a 10x architectural increase to meet data and signaling demands. The flexibility or elasticity of the solution is also capable of auto-sizing existing resources for dramatic variations in network behavior.

We consistently hear from our customers that it is the network intelligence that is so critical to their business.  With the ASR 5500, our engineers innovated a new platform that could address both the scale and capacity needed as well as having the intelligence built in.

To date, Cisco’s announcement of the 5500 has resonated across customers, media, analysts and investors. I couldn’t be more proud to be part of this exciting milestone and exceptional innovation from our engineering team.  We continue to set the pace with more innovations ahead and I look forward to what’s to come.

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