At CiscoLive this week, I am proud to announce the launch of the new Aggregation Services Router, the ASR 1001-X.
The ASR 1001-X is the latest addition to the ASR 1000 family of routers that packs 20Gbps forwarding capacity and 8G of Layer 3 Crypto throughput in a compact 1RU form factor!
In my earlier blog post I highlighted the need for connecting data centers to share and scale cloud services on demand and achieve flexibility and availability that is required by the cloud. As data centers continue to grow so does the need for more power and cooling, while rackspace continues to become a rare commodity. Talking to customers they wanted a platform with a smaller footprint but with higher performance and hence the ASR 1001-X was born.
Some of the key benefits of the ASR 1001-X we are highlighting at CiscoLive are:
- Investment Protection: Pay-as-you-grow forwarding throughput upgradable from 2.5 to 5,10 and 20Gbps
- Robust Security: Up to 8Gbps of Suite-B encryption combined with Layer 2 MAC Security.
- Data Center Interconnect (DCI): For workload mobility, high-availability application clusters and layer 2 extension for legacy applications support.
- Cisco IWAN: Application Visibility and Control, AppNav and Performance Routing enable inexpensive business-class Internet links as a WAN transport
- Advanced Routing: Locator/ID Separation Protocol (LISP) to enable Host mobility, Ingress traffic load-balancing, high VPN scale, and IPv6 transition
- Route Reflector: Up to 13M IPv4 routes (selective download)
- Multimedia Edge: Cisco Unified Border Element (CUBE) Enterprise Edition to offer 16k calls
- Ease of Management: Seamless integration and management with Cisco Prime Infrastructure.
I am often asked how each one of the benefits will help our customers so I wanted to talk about some of the common use cases where customers will see the largest benefit of the ASR 1001-X. For this blog I will cover in detail the Data Center Interconnect (DCI) use case and I will cover more use cases in future blog posts.
The Data Center Interconnect must provide secure access to satisfy a key requirement for the consumption of services from the cloud. Before the advent of the cloud, the network traffic that flowed in the interconnecting network fabric or the IP NGN was unidirectional -- it flowed from the client to the server in the network and back to the network client. Cloud and virtualization has made the network traffic multi-dimensional. The network traffic not only moves to and from client and network server it can also move across servers that are located in geographically dispersed data centers that are interconnected using DCI technologies. VMware virtual machine motion is an example of that. Based on this criteria, the ASR 1001-X supports the following DCI technologies:
- Virtual Extensible LAN Services
- Overlay Transport Virtualization
- Virtual Private LAN Services
- Ethernet over MPLS
- Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol v3
Please stay tuned for more in my next blog. I will talk about how the consumers of the cloud require the same great application experience when services are moved to the cloud and how the ASR 1001-X can help to deliver a better user experience.
Tags: asr, asr 1000, ASR 1000 Series, ASR 1001-X, cloud, DCI, Enterprise, IP NGN, Service Provider
The seemingly endless demand for Cloud Services is driving the need for more data center capacity. This trend is also driving the need for greater bandwidth and intelligent networks for users to access these Cloud services. It is not just Enterprises driving demand for data center capacity from companies like Salesforce.com or Amazon Web Services by using public Cloud services. Social media companies like Facebook, Google and Yahoo are expanding their own data centers to meet escalating user growth. So how are companies going to change their data center infrastructure to meet this growing demand?
From an Enterprise perspective, the Cloud business model is too compelling to ignore. The Cloud offers an elastic model that allows infrastructure capacity to be increased and decreased on demand. The Cloud’s usage-based model helps enterprises increase business agility and reduce costs by reducing or eliminating the need for their own data center infrastructure. Despite all the benefits, some enterprises have been cautious about moving to the Cloud because of concerns about availability, security, and application performance.
So how can Cloud Service Providers convince Enterprises that their Cloud services address these concerns? By ensuring that the Cloud provider infrastructure -- that includes servers, networking equipment, applications, and services -- are highly available, secure, tightly interconnected and offer excellent application performance. This will enable the Cloud providers to further differentiate their services from other providers and monetize the cloud based revenue opportunity. It is important to note that some Enterprises are also offering their own Cloud services to create new revenue streams. Apple’s iCloud is a perfect example for an Enterprise delivering cloud services from their own data centers or private cloud.
So how will Enterprises and Service Providers deliver scalable, secure and optimized applications from the Cloud? The evolution of networking infrastructure to meet these demands is commonly referred to as IP next-generation networks (IP-NGN). The IP NGN provides the network infrastructure that connects users and enterprises to the Cloud with high-availability, leveraging cloud resources across geographically distributed data centers using Cisco’s data center interconnect (DCI) technologies.
Cisco first addressed this trend with the Cisco 7200 Series of routers, however with the growing demand for bandwidth it soon became necessary to develop a new platform that could handle multiple services, with higher availability, higher throughput, enhanced security and an optimized application experience. The new platform was the Cisco Aggregation Services Router 1000 Series . Both Enterprises and Service Providers have embraced the ASR 1000 across the globe and demand has driven the need for different sizes of ASR 1000 platform with different throughputs and port density without compromising on the ASR 1000 core values.
Tags: asr, asr 1000, ASR 1000 Series, cloud, DCI, Enterprise, IP NGN, Service Provider
Yesterday we reprinted the first part of Telecom Asia magazine’s interview with Brian Shoda, director of Cisco NGN architecture sales for Asia Pacific. Here is the second and final part of the story.
4. [Telecom Asia] How can telcos better optimize and simplify their network architectures?
[Brian Shoda] The traditional layered and hierarchical model of network architecture has served operators well for many years. Today, the demands on operator networks are vastly different to those of the past. Optimization and simplification of network architectures is a key focus for most operators. Long lead times for activating new capacity, idle link capacity, and 1:1 bandwidth reservation are all costly methodologies and are no longer feasible for the modern operator.
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Tags: Brian Shoda, Cisco, Cisco onePK, IP NGN, ONE, SDN, Telecom Asia magazine
Last month Brian Shoda, a 12 year veteran of Cisco and most recently the director of Cisco’s IP NGN architecture sales for the Asia Pacific theatre, sat for an interview with Telecom Asia magazine. During the interview he discussed the impact of programmability on the network and why dynamically configuring services is important for telecom operators. Since some of our global audience doesn’t read Telecom Asia magazine they’ve graciously allowed us to reprint the interview.
1. [Telecom Asia] What are the key trends driving the transition in SP networking?
[Brian Shoda] Over the past several years, service provider networking has primarily focused on cost reduction through network optimization and revenue generation and the development of new and innovative products. However, recently with the explosion of mobile data traffic growth many operators have struggled to control capital expenditures as they scale their networks to support demand, often diverting capital from product development to ensure the on-going scalability of the infrastructure. In many markets, this has led to the stagnation of innovation and the commoditization of network services, which, in turn has lowered revenues and reduced margins as operators compete on price to maintain and grow their customer bases.
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Tags: Brian Shoda, CEWA, Cisco, Cisco onePK, IP NGN, ONE, SDN, Telecom Asia magazine
Over the next several years, worldwide consumer Internet traffic is expected to increase fivefold, reaching a compound annual growth rate of 36 percent.
I’m no mathematician, but I’m guessing that amounts to a whole lot of traffic. It also means that your service provider customers will need to keep pace to ensure they have enough network capacity to support the accelerated demand.
You can help by taking advantage of the Advanced IP Next-Generation Network (IP NGN) Architecture Specialization. It’s available now to qualified partners.
Leverage this new specialization to help your service provider customers create, enable, and integrate a variety of high-quality video, mobility, and cloud solutions for businesses and consumers alike—all on a single IP-based network.
Want to find out how you can benefit from this architecture specialization, and how it can help you differentiate? Read More »
Tags: Cisco, IP NGN, partner, Service Provider