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New DC Cloud Scale Platforms – What You Really Need to Know

The Cloud Scale launch in November focused on software enhancements to the industry’s most widely deployed high-end network operating system, IOS XR. While those points were important and well received, I want to emphasize a few points on the new NCS1002 platform that was launched within the Cloud Scale initiative.

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The Focus of the Cloud Scale launch was to show that Cisco is offering products with open programmability to new and existing markets. While Cisco has had great success in the service provider market, these new products are exceptionally complimentary to the Over The Top (OTT) and Colocation markets as well. The growth of “Cloud Exchange” as a service in Internet Exchanges and colocation sites as well as service provider data centers, requires the type of products that were announced in this release. For instance, typical cloud exchanges will use a high density switch to enable communication between OTT players, local ISPs and global carriers.

Local connections are also made to content delivery network (CDN) players such as Netflix and Akamai within the cloud exchange site. The NCS1002 might be used by a typical colocation provider in conjunction with the NCS5000 to provide the customer with single point of entry that connects to multiple providers. In fact, within the colocation itself, content providers may want to do their own interconnection with those located within the colocation area by using the NCS1002 to avoid monthly (and rising) cross connect costs. OTT, Internet Exchanges and colocation providers have been asking for open and programmable software to make service delivery at the application level more efficient and cost effective. In this case, using the optics for Data Center Interconnect (DCI) or within the data center with the aggregation router based upon IOS XR can simplify the overall network design.

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The New Cisco Network Convergence System 1000 Series

Guest Blog by Leonard Luna, Marketing ManagerLeonard Crop at PONC 051215

Cisco recently announced a new solution that will be instrumental in the network digitization transformation era: Software Innovations for Cloud Scale Networking. These enable service providers and web companies to deliver cloud applications with greater agility, automation and simplicity, while reducing the operational cost of the networks that support them. Integral to this solution, Cisco introduced three new platform series to its Network Convergence System (NCS) family of solutions: two new small-form-factor, high density routers designed to efficiently scale between data centers and large enterprise, web and service provider WAN and aggregation networks – the NCS 5000 and NCS 5500 series, and a third transport solution, the industry’s first 1 Terabit per rack unit (RU) optical platform – the NCS 1000 Data Center Interconnect series.

Digitization – the digital transformation of processes across enterprises, small and medium businesses, and all the way out to the consumer, is having a profound effect on the overall service provider business and their network architectures. According to Read More »

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Cisco cBR-8 Rises up to the DOCSIS 3.1 Challenge at SCTE (part 2)

Guest Blog by Igor Dayen, SP Product and Solutions Marketing

I am excited to continue the discussion that I started in my previous blog on SCTE Cal-Tec expo.

We brought two cBR-8 routers and we used one to run live data through it.   We used Ixia gear to generate video and data traffic. Hence we showed the convergence.

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The picture below on the left shows how DOCSIS 3.1 spectrum is being modulated—there are 4096 QAM, while the picture in the middle shows one spectrum for DOCSIS 3.0 and two spectrums for DOCSIS 3.1. Overall, it has been very impressive to see what DOCSIS 3.1 will bring and that we are able to demonstrate DOCSIS 3.1 today.  We offered Read More »

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Cisco cBR-8 Rises up to the DOCSIS 3.1 Challenge

Guest Blog by Igor Dayen, SP Product and Solutions Marketing

What do we need to know about New Orleans? It offers great Jazz, and Bourbon Street provides rich insight into New Orleans’ past, but we can’t overlook that it has been home this year to SCTE Cable-Tec Expo. SCTE is the cable telecommunications engineering show of the year. Nearly 10,000 attendees annually seize the opportunity to discover and learn first-hand about the latest in cable telecommunications technology, products and services. For more than 30 years the industry has relied on Cable-Tec Expo to provide the most energizing, technical knowledge exchange of the year.

New Orleans Convention Center opened its doors to the biggest cable show of the year.

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The “welcome” signs made it very clear that all attendees were welcome to be here, share their knowledge and learn from the exhibitors.

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Cisco’s Packet Optical Network Conference Comes to Rome

Leonard LunaGuest blog by Leonard Luna, Marketing Manager, Cisco

This year’s fall Packet Optical Networking Conference (PONC) convenes on November 3 and 4, 2015 in Rome Italy. Cisco executives and technology experts will convene in the “Eternal City” to present Cisco’s strategy and vision to help service providers, large enterprises, public sector agencies and data center operators achieve their business outcomes by leveraging opportunities driven by the accelerating rate of content consumption and the exhilarating innovations taking place in service and application solutions.

Images from Fall 2014 PONC, Italy:

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This year’s fall conference will explore Read More »

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