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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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News from Cisco Live! – Announcing Cisco Network Registrar Jumpstart

Cisco Live!

Contributed by David Flesh, Sr Manager, Product Marketing, Cisco Network Management Technology Group

We’ve had a lot of interest in Network Registrar at Cisco Live. Both Service Provider and Enterprise customers are looking for solutions to help them manage the transition to IPv6. We’re also hearing more on the importance of reliable DNS and DHCP the keys to reliable connectivity and internet access. The internet is becoming increasingly critical to all types of businesses and outages can lead to revenue loss not just inconvenience.

To help Enterprises and Service Providers get fast time-to-value from highly reliable, scalable, and fast DNS and DHCP, Cisco is announcing a new appliance-based offering.  Cisco® Network Registrar Jumpstart is a purpose-built, high performing hardware appliance for DNS, DHCP, and IP address management (IPAM) (DDI) services. The solution consists of Cisco Network Registrar (world-class DDI software from Cisco) preinstalled and preconfigured along with VMware virtualization technology on a Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) rack-mount server.

Cisco Network Registrar Jumpstart provides a streamlined, straightforward installation for network operators. The preconfigured server and the preinstalled software allow for a fast and easy deployment as well as low startup costs. For service providers and enterprises looking to reduce complexity and realize a fast time to value, Cisco Network Registrar is the answer…Plug it in and DDI services can be immediately turned on, configured, and integrated into the network.

The solution also offers full lifecycle management for IPv4 and IPv6, providing a single platform for consolidated IP addresses management. Full IPv6 support helps automate and manage the transition from IPv4 to IPv6 by using dual-stack deployment on a single server.

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Simplifying IP Address Management and the Transition to IPv6

Contributed by David Flesh, Sr Manager, Product Marketing, Cisco Network Management Technology Group

With the growth in connected devices and the imminent transition from IPv4 to IPv6, managing IP address has become increasingly critical and complex. Organizations can no longer rely on spreadsheets to track IP address allocations. What is required is the ability to discover IP addresses and proactively manage their allocation, both to optimize IPv4 addresses and plan for the move to IPv6. Cisco Prime Network Registrar provides manageability, flexibility, control and visibility into the network – to simplify IP address management and ease the transition to IPv6.

Cisco Live!

We are showing a preview of Cisco Prime Network Registrar at Cisco Live. Please visit us in both the Enterprisebooth (Booth # 1349) and in Service Provider booth (Booth # 1183) to learn about the new capabilities of this new solution. Both booths will be running a limited demo of Cisco Prime Network Registrar to highlight some of the great new IPAM functionality.
 
Join us Wednesday for a session on Network Registrar including a customer case study from IBBS. IBBS have used Network Registrar to help build a managed services business that supports over 250 service providers.

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3 Steps for Preparing Your Network for IPv6

IPv6 is coming—are you ready to make the transition?

The next generation of Internet networking protocol—IPv6—is coming and companies of all sizes are preparing their networks for it now. IPv6 makes room for more people, more companies, and more devices on the Internet than the current Internet protocol, IPv4.  IPv6 provides better security, faster performance over virtual private networks (VPN), and makes local networks easier to manage. The new protocol also offers improved quality of service (QoS) for more reliable voice and video performance and ensures better coverage and throughput for mobile devices.

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IPv6 works in live testing; what’s next?


By Fred Baker, Cisco Fellow

During the week that World IPv6 day happened in, I was curious to see how the various networks involved were doing over time. I set up a test from my home, using a Hurricane Electric tunnel, IPv6 on my Mac (10.6.7), and my 871 router (15.1(3)T). I put together a simple script that would accept as input a set of web sites like http://www.cisco.com -- the web sites that ISOC said were going to be IPv6-accessible on the 8th of June -- and spidered them (e.g., read the web page using the unix ‘curl’ utility and scanned for href specifications). I then added the URLs I had learned to my list and continued to try them, gathering statistics on success rate for those that had AAAA records. As a result, I was doing about four page loads an hour from each domain in the list from June 5 through June 9 -- all times GMT.

One observation I made was at once gratifying and “as expected”. The various sites were coming up in advance of the magic day and, for the most part, serving IPv6 data successfully. One observation that surprised me a little at the time but in retrospect makes sense -- the download rate increased over time as well. Why? Well, it takes some time to attempt to download and discover that the AAAA record is not up or is up and the service isn’t quite there yet. As my probability of a successful download increased, my download rate increased.

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