Cisco in the Hot Seat Addressing Alcatel-Lucent’s Core Network Offering
Service provider core networking has been a very difficult market segment for technology providers to penetrate based on its importance to global service providers and because it requires costly, ongoing innovation and investment to meet ever-changing customer requirements. While many vendors have attempted to enter this market – Avici and Caspian Networks come to mind – most have failed. In fact, Alcatel introduced a product in this space in the 2000s with the 7770. It was unsuccessful and ultimately discontinued.
While Cisco continues to be No. 1 in the core, we are not sitting on our hands by any means. In fact, our innovation engine is in high gear, and we are confident that we’ve got the right strategy to lead our customers into the next decade and beyond. Our architectural approach was designed to enable the best delivery of video and mobility by leveraging the network intersection points of the cloud, network, and client.
Belgian cable operator VOO looked at the future of the Internet several years ago and recognized that they needed a plan to move to IPv6 if they were to continue to efficiently grow their business. As the leading provider of broadband cable services in the southern part of Belgium they provide video, high speed Internet at speeds of up to 100Mbps, and digital telephony services, primarily to residential customers in Wallonia and Brussels. The company has been one of the fastest growing service providers in Europe; since VOO launched its triple play services at end of 2009, they’ve acquired more than 1 million subscribers. VOO also recently acquired a 3G mobile license to expand their service capabilities.
For network operators such as VOO, business and service is continuity critical. They cannot afford to have services affected while they migrate to new technology. VOO ultimately selected Cisco’s Carrier Grade IPv6 solution since we gave them a clear migration path to IPv6 and they sought a trusted partner who could offer a future flexible solution. Using our dual-stack technology with the Cisco CRS-3 and CMTS they can run IPv4 and IPv6 simultaneously in order to maintain a high-quality customer experience during the transition.
Nico Weymaere, VOO’s Chief Technology Officer shares his view on the positive impact of IPv6 for both his company and the Internet:
The IPv6 capabilities of the VOO network will provide them a foundation to easily support new services. As we’ve noted previously with our Visual Networking Index, by 2016, there will be nearly 19 billion global network connections (fixed and mobile); the equivalent of two and a half connections for every person on earth. We can’t get there with the limited address space provided by IPv4.
On behalf of Cisco, let me thank the entire VOO team for putting your trust in us.
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.
The Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) captured this video of the M3.2 solar flare on January 19, 2012. Credit: NASA/SDO/GOES-15.
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 »