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Happy First Birthday, CRS-3!

Can you believe it? It’s been one year since we launched the Cisco CRS-3 Carrier Routing System! I’m very pleased that the CRS-3 adoption rate is four times faster than the original CRS-1 series. In just a year, 80 service provider customers in more than 30 countries are deploying the platform – a true testament to the scalability and sustainability of the architecture.

Further, service provider customers across the world like AT&T, Comcast, Turkcell in the Middle East, Main One in West Africa, and Hong Kong Broadband in East Asia, among others, are unanimous about the CRS platform increasing the relevance of the network by enabling fixed-mobile convergence, value-added services and consumer broadband. We appreciate the vision and innovation demonstrated by our customers as they incorporate the CRS-3 platform into their next-generation networks.

The strong market response to the CRS-3 validates our belief that this platform is the foundation for the next-generation Internet.   Unlike competitive offerings that require refreshers, upgrades or even full replacements within just a few years, the Cisco CRS platform is designed to seamlessly accommodate the extraordinary growth of video traffic, mobile devices and new online services through this decade and beyond, delivering unprecedented investment protection.

While others in the industry make promises of 100G, we are shipping more capacity than all of our competition combined.  The CRS-3 and IOS XR engineering teams are bringing to market truly world class innovations in all aspects of design, development and delivery. I am very proud of the CRS development team.

See our press release on CRS-3 global expansion and new capabilities.

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National LambdaRail: the Advanced Optical Network

By Howard Baldwin, Contributing Columnist

It began as a way to link academic and research institutions throughout the United States, so that they could more easily communicate and collaborate on projects. In the beginning, it was limited to a small number of entities, all of whom thrived on the cutting edge of networking technology.

If that sounds like the early days of the Internet, it is. But it’s also an equally apt description of National LambdaRail (NLR), a 12,000-mile, $70 million optical network established in 2003. It uses 10-gigabit (Gb) transponders (with 40Gb and 100Gb in the roadmap) that allows bandwidth on demand for its academic and research members, now numbering more than 280.

The name comes from the term lambda networking, which uses multiple optical wavelengths to provide independent communications channels along a strand of fiber optic cable.

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Making TelePresence Even Better: Announcing the First Commercially Available Interexchange Cisco TelePresence Service

Metcalfe’s law, an iconic principle in networking, states that the value of a network is proportional by the square number of endpoints it has. In essence, the more people on the network, the more valuable it is. In part, that’s what made the PSTN so valuable…everybody used to have a fixed phone…and it’s what makes the mobile network so valuable now since every one over 14 definitely has one with many households sporting multiple ones…and it’s the driving force behind the momentum of Cisco TelePresence.

Today AT&T and BT announced the first commercially available interexchange Cisco TelePresence service . With Inter-Provider Cisco TelePresence, it’s possible to connect disparate enterprise networks over different SP networks for real-time Cisco TelePresence meetings in a highly secure, consistent, and transparent manner.

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Femto Family Fun – the AT&T 3G MicroCell

Nothing says father-son bonding as much as spending part of your weekend afternoon installing a cell tower in your home.  And that’s what I did last weekend with my 8 year-old.  But instead of needing a crane, support crew, and OSHA certification, we managed to clear some Legos off of the table top and install it in our game room, courtesy of the AT&T 3G MicroCell solution.

It’s a cell tower in our house, easy enough for a marketing guy like me to install, and delivers a signal strength higher than we’ve ever seen in our hillside home.

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Doobie Brothers Unique Premiere via TelePresence

Doobie Brothers - World Gone Crazy - new album release

The Doobie Brothers are the sound of my childhood as my Dad would seemingly wear out record player needles, playing albums over and over again. Now, the classic American rock legends, the Doobie Brothers, are back – with a new recording entitled “World Gone Crazy,” releasing on September 28. All of us at Cisco are really excited to partner with AT&T and Marriott to host the band’s live performance – broadcast via Cisco TelePresence and Ustream – on Monday, September 27th at 3:30pm PST from the CiscoTV studios in San Jose, California. In fact, I didn’t realize how many Doobie Brothers fans there were until we opened up a few seats in the studio audience to Cisco employees and were simply bombarded by, no kidding, thousands of requests. (Of note, my administrative partner is one of them…I need to get her in or else she’ll book my next flight to Boston with a connection in Bangladesh.)

The good thing is that you don’t have to be in our San Jose studio for the event. We invite you to join the live concert on Ustream – from anywhere in the world – to hear their classic and new songs. And many others, through various promotions, will be able to attend the concert via the AT&T TelePresence service and Marriott TelePresence locations. Together, working with our partners, we can help to transform how we all experience music and video, in a truly interactive online format.

Harnessing the Power to Bring People Together

You know, back in January, when Marriott announced their Go There Virtual Meetings facilities, I have to admit that I don’t recall discussing with them the possibility of launching an album over it or helping a band effectively create a “world tour” event in a single evening…

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