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CRS’s…..in….Space….

Hopefully, there are a few Muppet Show fans that read this title with the word “space” trailing off into infinity.  Ok, so maybe not as entertaining as “Pigs in Space”, but something about CRS-1s on a rocket caught our eye the other day. Looking at the news, it appeared that someone had put one of our large core routers, a Cisco CRS-1 in orbit. This caused me to double take, since it’s not the sort of thing one would typically rocket into space. In reality what was successfully launched was SpaceX’s Commercial Resupply Service mission 1 (or CRS-1), the first mission to deliver cargo to the International Space Station under contract from NASA.

Two separate things for sure, but maybe with some similarities.  One thing that both CRS-1s share is the need for an extraordinary level of resiliency and reliability. In the case of the Cisco CRS, we ensure Read More »

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Make Way for More Users

Have you seen the numbers? There are a few more of us on the Internet now than there were last year—and over the next four years, today’s numbers will look humble in comparison.

About one-third of the world’s population today is using the Internet. That includes all of us—whether we’re in offices in Silicon Valley, in airports in Tokyo or Dubai, or surfing from the Gobi Desert.

As fixed and mobile networks grow and expand, an ever-increasing portion of the world’s population will Read More »

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Maple Leaf Wi-Fi

I recently returned from meeting with the majority of Canada’s service providers to share the results of our recent Cisco IBSG research, “What Canadians Want from Wi-Fi and Mobile.” Wi-Fi is everywhere in Canada, as exemplified by the photo that I took at Toronto Pearson International Airport.

Our study confirms this, as Canadians seem to be content with coverage in first-tier locations such as coffee shops, hotels, and restaurants, but are now looking for Wi-Fi to be just as pervasive in other places where they spend their lives. Parks, bus stops, retail stores, shopping malls, and hospitals top the list of additional locations where Canadians would like to be able to access Wi-Fi.

The study revealed that mobile devices are now Wi-Fi-enabled “nomadic” devices. Canadians own an average of 2.4 mobile devices, almost all of which are Wi-Fi-enabled.  Canadians spend an average of 2.8 hours per day using their mobile devices in their homes, compared to only 0.5 hours per day in a typical “mobile” on-the-go world.

The Cisco IBSG study also revealed that mobile users are connecting their devices predominantly via Wi-Fi, including 75 percent of smartphone owners. In fact, on average, smartphone users use Wi-Fi one-third of the time to Read More »

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“Just One Word… Elastic” – Cisco’s Elastic Core

If you saw the title of the blog and thought, The Graduate, pat yourself on the back!

  • Mr. McGuire: “I just want to say one word to you.  Just one word.  Are you listening?  Plastics.” (or in our case, Elastic.)
  • Benjamin: “How exactly do you mean?” (Thanks for asking… let us explain)

Yesterday Surya Panditi, SVP/GM of Cisco’s Service Provide Group discussed the new Cisco Elastic Core solution for the CRS platform.  Faster.  Bigger.  Stronger.  Smarter.  Innovations such as Cisco nLight Technology for 100G bring a Read More »

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Faster, Bigger, Stronger, and Smarter: The Next Generation Internet Needs the Cisco Elastic Core

In a blog post last week, Cisco cited its recent landmark 100 Gbps IPoDWDM trial with BT, which demonstrates ways to create a Next-Generation Internet, one that can handle a million minutes of video every second without having to trench new fiber or dig up streets. However, there is more behind this story because faster alone doesn’t represent a complete solution to the enormity of the challenge facing network operators.  Carriers such as BT need the solution to be bigger, stronger, and smarter.

Take for example, the complexity of traffic flows. To a basic user, the Internet “Information Superhighway” of yesteryear had essentially one on-ramp and one off-ramp.  Traffic traveled largely in a very straightforward pattern. Due to the growing popularity of mobility and cloud computing, traffic is quickly becoming multidirectional. According to Cisco’s recent Visual Networking Index (VNI) forecast, the mobile Internet will increase 18-fold by 2016 and cloud services will expand 12-fold by 2015. What’s more, VNI research indicates that by 2016 there will be nearly 19 billion global network connections. That’s 2.5 connections for every per person on earth!

To keep up, service providers must deploy networks that are more elastic to more easily grow and keep pace with these shifts. Like exercise, these innovations are vital for the heart of the Next-Generation Internet, the service provider core network.  Today we announced several innovations for the Cisco Carrier Routing System (CRS) to Read More »

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