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Simpler Times: The Next-Generation of the Internet

There’s an interesting dynamic taking place in the Service Provider industry these days:  The simplest devices are becoming more capable and complex.  The simplest applications are becoming more specialized and personalized.  And the networks that enable both are becoming more inefficient and ineffective.

I don’t want to come off sounding like Dana Carvey’s Grumpy Old Man, but I think I’m echoing many of my colleagues within Cisco and the Service Provider industry when I express a growing desire for simpler times.

Maybe not direct-connection, crank-phone, Pennsylvania 6-5000 simpler times – I’m no more willing to give up my iPhone or iPad than the rest of you – but it seems to me we need to rethink the way we design and build networks, develop and deploy services over those networks, and manage and maintain those networks to ensure those services consistently and continuously deliver the types of Internet experiences consumers demand, or rather, expect. Read More »

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Charter’s Bob Hunt Talks with Cisco on their New Network

Yesterday we announced that Charter Communications, a leading broadband communications and entertainment provider and the 4th largest cable company in the United States selected the Cisco CRS-3 and ASR 9000 as part of a major network upgrade. This of course brings up the question our readers often ask – why? What is driving these investments? While we have our perspective (which we share regularly on the SP360 blog and other forums), it’s even better when we get the view directly from the customer.  To that end, we had the opportunity to  interview Bob Hunt, Charter’s VP of Network Engineering on Charter’s perspective on the network upgrade, the drivers, and the growth in DOCSIS 3.0 usage and the network efficiencies he’s forecasting. Read More »

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Momentum in the Edge

The Edge of the network is a major focus for our customers, the market as a whole, and certainly for us at Cisco.  The ASR 9000 System is the leading Service Provider Edge router in all three cases, and admittedly, the system is on quite a roll.

In our June ASR 9000 blog, we announced to the market the newest innovations in the platform – nV technology and the ability to scale the system to a whopping 96 Tbps (more than 36 times the capabilities of the nearest competitive platform and enough bandwidth for man, woman, and child in Beijing, London and Moscow to watch a streamed High Definition movie simultaneously).  Along with that news, we had the honor of announcing five new customers joining the 500+ strong ASR 9000 family — China Telecom, NTT Playa in Japan, Tata Communications in India, Fastweb in Italy, Cox and Comcast in the US. Read More »

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Cisco Extends Service Provider Routing Leadership

With service providers facing increasing competitive pressures, their technology suppliers must be loyal business partners who provide best-in-class products that deliver sustainable investment protection. Only Cisco delivers this level of value to the service provider industry.

Cisco’s R&D investment – more than five times that of our nearest service provider competitor – continues to pay off. In fact, just in the last week, we’ve seen noteworthy examples of how this long-term, consistent and persistent approach is gaining traction with global service providers, which are deploying Cisco’s flagship core and edge routing platforms, the CRS-3 and ASR families, in record numbers.

  • Four major service providers today announced that they have selected the Cisco ASR 9000 routing platform to deliver enhanced video, data, voice and mobile backhaul services throughout their converged networks. Charter Communications and Consolidated Communications of the United States; Kabel Deutschland (KDG), the largest cable operator in Germany; and 3 Scandinavia in Denmark and Sweden, are all deploying the ASR 9000.
  • New analyst reports just out add further evidence of Cisco’s market leadership: I’m pleased to report that Cisco gained market share in service provider routing and switching in the second quarter of 2011, according to key reports issued this week by research firms Synergy and ACG Research. Cisco has gained core routing market share in four straight quarters and edge share two quarters in a row.

 

Behind every great technology lies a team of dedicated, focused, and talented engineers and developers. I want to thank each and every person who has contributed to the Cisco CRS and ASR platforms. Your effort and talent are making a major positive impact in the broadband service provider industry.

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Reliability Doesn’t Come Easy

Public Service Announcement: Call Before You Dig (or “10 Most Bizarre and Annoying Causes of Fiber Cuts”)

At Cisco, we strive to provide the utmost in reliability and are particularly pleased with the market leading reliability we have with our IOS XR operating system on our ASR 9000 system and CRS routers.  Whether it’s video, mobility, broadband or voice, reliability is key for a good experience.  However, while we, at Cisco enable the experience, providers are the ones who deliver it – and in doing so, there are huge number of network heroes and heroines to make it happen. When it comes to fiber optic cable, someone somewhere actually has to go out and dig the trenches or hang the fibers, regardless of weather, critters, or angry land owners. This week on Lightreading.com, we saw an article worth sharing from our friends over at Level 3 Communications, “The 10 Most Bizarre and Annoying Causes of Fiber Cuts.Read More »

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