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Cisco ASR 9000 Passes the Test at NTT America

April 1, 2010 - 0 Comments

Cisco ASR 9000 SeriesThe Cisco ASR 9000 series is showing great momentum – and that’s no laughing matter to our esteemed competitors in the industry (we agree wholeheartedly with Craig Matsumoto of – it would make for a very bland April Fool’s joke.)

But when it comes to the world’s most powerful edge router, we are very serious.

Today, we announced with NTT America their deployment of  the ASR 9000. They intend to boost the capacity of their aggregation network, in part because of the increasing demand for high-definition video transit and the impending shortage of IPv4 addresses. They’re actually part of a global service provider with many large customers in the financial, entertainment, media, and telecommunications industries. Parent company NTT Japan is a trendsetter and sees the need to prepare for the next generation Internet.  NTT Japan, in fact, has the largest capacity of any global Tier 1 network across the Pacific ocean at over 300 gigabits per second (Gbps). Certainly, they are making sure they have a lot of room for texts, Tweets, and TelePresence (or video, mobile, and cloud as we like to say). At Cisco, we too see the rapid bandwidth growth that will only grow. The Cisco Visual Networking Index expects Global IP traffic is expected to increase fivefold from 2008 to 2013. IP traffic in Asia Pacific will lead this growth worldwide, forecasted to reach 21 exabytes per month in 2013, accounting for more than one-third of the global traffic.

Ultimately for NTT, it was not just about raw bandwidth. They’ve been one of the prescient service providers out there when it came to wanting to solve the coming shortage of IPv4 address space. The Cisco ASR 9000 had to meet NTT’s requirement for carrier-grade IPv6 capability, as its global IP network has been running both IPv4 and IPv6 worldwide since 2001.

Here at Cisco we’ve observed that IPv6 presents a major opportunity to businesses that need to stay globally competitive, allowing them to take advantage of new applications in every market from entertainment to disaster response, while helping to ensure business continuity as IPv4 addresses dwindle. The Cisco ASR 9000 supports both IPv4 and IPv6 protocol stacks for service growth and allows an intelligent transition.

Let me close by saying a heartfelt “Domo arigato gozaimasu” (that is ‘thank you’ in Japanese) to our newest ASR 9000 customer and we wish them the best of success.

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