IPv6 has been top of mind lately, with World IPv6 Day on June 8th that provided a global-scale test flight of IPv6 technology for the purpose of testing and data collection. Cisco also recently announced that French service provider SFR is using our Carrier Grade v6 solution to offer IPv6 services to their residential customers, while still preserving their existing infrastructure investments.
Many people still have questions on the issues and options associated with making the evolution to IPv6. Below, in part one of a four part series, Cisco’s Kelly Ahuja, SVP Service Provider Chief Architecture Office and ACG Research’s Managing Partner Dr. Ray Mota discuss the changed landscape which network operators face that is driving the adoption of IPv6 technology. Ray does make an interesting comment about 2011 being the year of the tablets - and not just for consumer use, but also for business applications. Another point that Ray makes with which we agree is the need for network operators make a near term plan which extends or preserves the use of existing IPv4 assets, and a longer term plan which can migrate services to IPv6 - seamlessly - when needed.
Derided as an expensive box that would experience little demand when it was introduced in 2004, the Cisco CRS core routing platform has time and again proven those predictions wrong.
At its inception, some thought Cisco would never sell more than 50 CRS units. It has now sold the CRS to more than 450 service providers in 80+ countries . . . and counting.
The CRS-3 has ramped even faster than the CRS-1, shipping to more than 80 operators – including nearly 20 Tier 1s – in more than 30 countries in just the first year since it was introduced.
And Cisco isn’t stopping there. The company today announced major packet transport enhancements to the CRS-3, which was designed to serve as the foundation of the next-generation Internet and support the tremendous growth of video transmission, mobile devices and new online services.
Introducing Flexible Packet Transport for New Market Opportunities – The Cisco CRS-3 flexible packet-transport capability is a form of label switching enabled with the addition of a blade to the Cisco CRS. This scales the core network economically with fast switching, providing a high-speed, agile transport backbone.
Significant Savings With a Single Cisco CRS-3 Platform – Because the flexible packet-transport capability does not require a new standalone product to be deployed in a network, operators can easily add it to existing CRS-3 networks without expensive, time-consuming qualification testing. The CRS-3 delivers functionality that competitive solutions require three platforms to deliver. Thus, the CRS-3 lowers total cost of ownership by as much as 40 percent.
According to the Cisco Visual Networking Index, annual global IP traffic will exceed three-quarters of a zettabyte by 2014. Internet utilization by various forms of video such as TV, video on demand, Internet video, etc., is increasing and is expected to exceed 91 percent of global consumer traffic by 2014. HKBN realized the need for a core router with strong investment protection to support its high-quality voice, video and Internet services. HKBN believes the Cisco CRS-3’s industry-leading scale, operating efficiency and superior service features will help maintain its “Speed Guarantee” to customers, whereby 80-percent steady speed is ensured, despite the escalating Internet demands of businesses and consumers.
Over in the United Arab Emirates, du announced that it has converged its fixed and mobile IP transport networks using the CRS. This enables fixed-mobile convergence on du’s network to meet the demand for high-end broadband services and makes the company unique in its ability to rapidly deploy new high-bandwidth mobile applications and data packages.
This is one of the first regional fixed-mobile convergence projects in which the fixed and mobile services all run on the same IP network – with mobile (signaling and bearer), mobile data, residential Internet, business Internet, residential voice, enterprise voice, international voice, Layer 2 VPNs, Layer 3 VPNs and video running on a single IP/MPLS core powered by Cisco. By consolidating cores, du can offer its customers in the UAE a more scalable platform to deliver future services at higher quality.