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

October 2, 2012 - 0 Comments

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 help service providers of all sizes, including CESNET and GTS CE, handle both the deluge of data and the complexity of its flow.


The “Elastic Core” brings the IP, transit and transport capabilities together in one unified solution. It’s enabled Cisco’s new Cisco nLight™ technology.  With it, IP and optical network layers can work together like never before at speeds of 100G and beyond.  By sharing control plane information, Cisco nLight technology allows network operators to automate zero-touch provisioning.  Service requests that used to take months can now be done in minutes!  These capabilities are based on Cisco’s Open Networking Environment (ONE) to create entirely new levels of network programmability.


The “Elastic Core” adds new, advanced anti-Distributed Denial of Service or anti-DDoS capability to the carrier-grade service options already available on CRS. Unfortunately, while the growth of the Internet has brought huge benefits, it’s also made it easier for the bad guys to create problems. With anti-DDoS in the Cisco CRS, network operators have another tool to help keep the Internet safe (and offer a new revenue-generating service, too).


The “Elastic Core” increases the flexibility of our Cisco CRS multi-chassis technology.  Now deployed in over 1,000 systems worldwide, it’s the industry’s most robust, scalable, and widely deployed multi-chassis core router. Historically, the scale enabled by multi-chassis was predominantly a requirement of the world’s largest network operators. With the exponential growth of the Internet, it’s an issue for everyone.  Smaller service providers need to know that they can cost-effectively grow into a multi-chassis system without impact to continuous operations when required.

The heart of the Next-Generation Internet is multi-dimensional and complex.  Innovation must span multi-dimensions: faster, bigger, stronger, and smarter.  This suite of innovations protect the investment of over 450 existing CRS customers worldwide, including some of the world’s largest network operators, like AT&T, BT, and China Telecom and many others, to meet the demands of mobile, video, and cloud.  Cisco demonstrates industry leadership in the SP core routing space by bringing entirely new levels of programmability, convergence, and scale to the Next-Generation Internet.

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