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Meet with Cisco Network Management Technology Group Executives at TM Forum’s Management World Africa

By David Flesh

Planning on attending TM Forum Management World Africa? We hope you’ll join us.Cisco is going to have a table top demonstration area, plus a discussion regarding service provider management offerings, and the opportunity to meet with key members of the Cisco executive team at TM Forum’s Management World Africa this September 20-21, 2011.  This event will take place at the Hilton Sandton in Johannesburg.

TM Forum’s Management World provides a unique opportunity for senior executives to network with peers to learn about the latest trends in the industry. Cisco is sponsoring executive meetings and has hospitality suites reserved at the event. Executives from the Cisco Network Management Technology Group and Advanced Services teams will be available to meet with customers to discuss the Cisco service provider offerings. Read More »

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Cisco Live! Showing Off 100GE on CRS-3 and ASR 9000 Series

Cisco ASR 9000 and Cisco CRS-3Following the announcement of the ASR 9000 System last month, it was not too surprising that one of the most popular demos at Cisco Live in Las Vegas was the Service Provider IP NGN pod. For this event we had a setup which included 100GE interfaces connected between an ASR 9000 (edge) and a CRS-3 (core). Ultimately over the course of the show we totaled over one thousand 100GE customer engagements, and nearly 200 ASR 9000 Test Drive (better known as “Robot Arm”) demonstrations.

Capability to support 100GE is something that we see consistently in customer RFPs, even if they intend to deploy 10GE initially. It’s all about investment protection while (in some cases) they wait for the cost of 100G to be more competitive with using multiple 10GE links. Given the cost of 100 Gbps pluggable optics, it’s amazing to hold in your hands something so small and plain that sells for the cost of a luxury car.

Also a hit was the award winning Cisco ASR 9000 Test Drive, about which I’ve blogged before. This of course was physically located in San Jose, and streamed to Cisco Live while being controlled on the show floor by the users. (A true, but little known fact – the inspiration for the Test Drive came from toy heat engine known as the “drinking bird”. We liked the idea that the IOS XR-enabled ASR 9000 keeps running much like a perpetual motion machine).

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A Week In the Life of the ASR 9000 Series

A Week In the Life of the ASR 9000 SeriesWe had an excellent time in Las Vegas at Cisco Live 2011, despite outside temperatures breaking 100 degrees (38C) at times!   While things were hot at the show, things were just as active on the customer momentum front for the Cisco ASR 9000 Series.  We were able to announce two new customers that join the more than 500 customers of the platform worldwide:  PCCW in Hong Kong and Polish Telecom (Telekomunikacja Polska, or TP Group). Despite their geographic distance, both operators share common challenges. Growth in video and mobile traffic is driving the need to each to add additional capacity -- as highlighted by our Visual Networking Index report -- yet competition from alternative providers makes it difficult to simply raise prices to pay for new networks.

In the case of Polish Telecom -- which also announced the deployment of the Cisco CRS-3 in the core -- the company sought to invest in a cost effective, robust and powerful broadband infrastructure that, as they proudly say, will help shape Poland’s economic and social future. The new network will support enhanced video, mobile, and cloud computing services. Mobility has been a huge growth area for TP. They’re the mobile market share leader in Poland under the Orange brand and have seen significant increases in smartphone penetration over the past 12 months by offering affordably priced Android-based handsets. This is driving up mobile Internet usage and the company is upgrading their mobile network to support faster data transmission with HSPA2+. On the wireline side, TP is rolling out VDSL “fiber to the curb” which will bring broadband speeds up to 40 Mb/s and higher, along with more video channels for their half-million plus TV subscribers . Ultimately this will result in better customer experiences, and hopefully for TP, lower churn and reduced operating costs.

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Cisco Assurance Services for IP NGN: Improve Network Performance and Agility

It’s clear that service providers today face unprecedented business challenges. The network must deliver more for less -- support higher performance and enhanced services, reduce maintenance overhead and outages -- while meeting ever-increasing customer demands. Cisco Assurance Services for IP NGN helps you face these challenges. View this demo to learn how to you can achieve operational excellence, improve network availability and performance, and reduce costs.

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Cisco Assurance Services for IP NGN delivers:

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Super. Simple. Introducing the Cisco ASR 9000 System

The industry’s flagship Edge router, the Cisco ASR 9000 Series, just got bigger and better.  Today, we’re announcing  an expansion of the series with the Cisco ASR 9922 and the Cisco ASR 9000v.  But this is far more than just adding some cool new boxes to the family (though they are quite cool…)  Rather, this is about how they all work together as one, creating a Cisco ASR 9000 System…which has massive capacity of up to 96 Terabits per second -- that’s more for the edge of the network than the original CRS-1 delivered to the core when it was introduced.  To put this capacity in perspective, with 96 Tbps, a single Cisco ASR 9000 System:

  • Could  stream recordings of all Super Bowls, World Cup, and Cricket World Cup matches ever played in less than one second - in high definition;
  • Every man, woman and child in Beijing, London and Moscow (~43 million people) could watch a HD video movie -- simultaneously;
  • 180,000 DVD’s could be downloaded every minute, and
  • the entire library of congress could be downloaded in 4 seconds

Truly Super.

It’s able to achieve such an incredible level of capacity - more than 36x that of the competitive offerings -- because of the new nV technology which helps the various ASR 9000 units act as a system.  This Cisco innovation connects all of these different units - two primary the Cisco ASR 9922/9010/9006 units + over 1900 Cisco ASR9000v units - together, and operates them as a single “super” unit, breaking the boundaries of the Edge, Aggregation and Access parts of the network.  Like, say a bank with ATMs, all the intelligence resides centrally in the primary units but is able to service the needs of many different, disparate remote locations with the same high quality of experience.  This unique systems approach makes it easier for the operator to manage because it acts not as 1900 different unit but rather as a single, integrated one.  New software update?  No problem - nV technology distributes it easily from the central location, preventing operators from having to individually update 1900 different ones.

Truly Simple.

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