By Leonard Luna, Senior Marketing Manager, Cisco Service Provider Solutions
Once again, network operators converged on the Dolce Hayes Mansion in San Jose last week (May 13-15) to collaborate with their colleagues and Cisco around the packet and optical convergence evolution. On behalf of Cisco’s engineering groups, marketing and events planning teams, we extend our sincere gratitude to all those who invested their valuable time and expertise to make the Spring ’14 PONC an exceptional event.
In this post-event blog, I will focus on what makes day one of a PONC event so compelling – shared, candid insight from those leading the Packet and Optical evolution, delivered in presentation, panel discussion and Q&A opportunities. In a follow-up posting, I will focus on the workshops and deep dives featured on day 2.
I also invite you to invest 90-seconds on the following video report recorded on day two of the Spring ’14 PONC featuring Bill Gartner (Cisco VP/GM, High End Routing and Optical (HERO) Business Unit), Mark Garey (tw telecom, Director Central Engineering) and Ron Johnson (Cisco, Director Product Management, HERO Business Unit):
Written By Ram Haridasa, Senior Marketing Manager, Cisco
We talked about Elastic Access last week – how we’ve introduced new Carrier Ethernet innovations that will extend Cisco’s Evolved Programmable Network capabilities to the access with specific focus on automating the provisioning process and reducing operational costs for our carrier customers.
It’s one thing to read about it – quite another to see it. Join us this week at Cisco Live San Francisco and you can see Read More »
The RDK -- the Reference Design Kit -- already catapulting into the cable landscape, by way of cloud-capable set-tops and gateways – is a hefty source of industry discussion as we head into ANGA COM, in Cologne.
As an active RDK Community member, we are already deeply involved with RDK launches, worldwide. We’re also poised to contribute an open source framework for broadband-oriented RDK equipment. So with that as a baseline, we’ll start the volley of “RDK at ANGA COM” with a quick update on some of our observations about the RDK marketplace, so far.
1) It really does make the launching of cool video services and rich, web-like navigation (much) faster. Allow me to tell you the tale of our colleagues at Hrvatski Telekom, in Croatia. Last year, the customer threw down the gauntlet with a request to flex its brand-new IPv6 network with IP video services, based on RDK — with a start-to-completion timeframe of 50 days.
Other design parameters: The user interface needed to be bi-lingual, and we needed Read More »
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.