This week we saw the largest solar storm in nearly a decade and such “solar weather” or cosmic radiation is what generates such phenomena as the “Northern Lights”. However, intense solar activity which creates electromagnetic storms can generate exceptionally strong power surges that damage electrical distribution systems, knock out satellites, and affect sensitive electronics. This has happened in the past, including grid failures in Quebec in 1989 which blacked out the entire province.
Previously I wrote about how we’d won the “Best Carrier Ethernet Aggregation Product” award with the Cisco ASR 9000 System at Carrier Ethernet World Congress in Amsterdam. This momentum continues on the other side of the globe where Alex Zinin, our Chief Technology Officer for Asia Pacific theatre recently accepted several awards at the annual Telecom Asia Readers Choice Awards 2011: Read More »
Earlier this year we wrote about The Gathering, Norway’s largest computer party and how it set a gaming event speed record with a 100GE enabled CRS-3. Like many achievements in the fast moving communication industry, it wasn’t a milestone that stood for long. The new record is now held by their Swedish neighbors who have surpassed that with a 120 Gigabit connection to the Internet at the digital entertainment festival DreamHack. This feat was achieved by TeliaSonera connecting the event site in Jönköping, Sweden with their networking facilities in Stockholm (a distance of approximately 375 km) using the Cisco CRS-3, ASR 9000, and ONS 15454 MSTP. The successful event came from the efforts of some fifty people from Cisco, TeliaSonera, and DreamHack working together to design, build, and test the network.
The event provided not just a showcase for Cisco’s 100 Gigabit coherent optical and IP technologies (see prior post on US Signal), but also a chance to test our equipment under extreme, real world conditions. What non-gamers might not realize is that players actually place great demands on their real-time connectivity (and are quite vocal when something doesn’t work right). Read More »
In my 15 years with Cisco, our company has never been more focused on innovation in our core business.
This renewed focus continues to pay off: Cisco has gained core routing market share in five straight quarters and edge routing market share three quarters in a row.
ACG’s 3Q11 market share report was just released, and Cisco remains No. 1 in the edge and core routing segments: Cisco gained 3.4 percent share in edge routing and 2.5 percent share in core routing (3.3 percent overall), quarter over quarter.
Backed by Cisco’s flagship core and edge routing platforms – the CRS-3 and ASR families – service providers around the world such as Charter Communication, China Telecom, Comcast, Cox Communications, Fastweb, NTT Plala and Tata Communications are building out the next-generation Internet and delivering innovative new services and experiences to their customers.
In addition to our market momentum, Cisco’s innovation engine is in high gear, with new breakthroughs such as nV (network virtualization) technology. Cisco nV intelligently blends the network edge, aggregation and access layers into a single ASR 9000 system, to deliver up to 70 percent operational expense savings, increase network capacity to an industry-leading 96 Tbps and accelerate IPv6 services.
Technologies like this are critical to delivering superior network capacity and a simpler way for our customers to enable the “Zettabyte Era.” Consider that the total amount of global Internet traffic will quadruple by 2015 and reach 966 exabytes per year according to our research. The projected increase of Internet traffic between 2014 and 2015 alone is 200 exabytes, which is greater than the total amount of Internet Protocol traffic generated globally in 2010.
We want to thank our customers around the world for their commitment to advancing the next-generation Internet.
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.