Carriers seeking to establish their role in the industry and dominate the competition are often left to decide the best approach to their over-arching strategy. Should they invest in carrier-grade hardware that will last for the long-term, or are green options holding more promise? And, how do these elements play into the demand for speed?
To that end, Cisco (News - Alert) unveiled its Carrier Routing System-X (CRS-X), the newest product in its CRS Family. This latest solution will target the telecommunications industry. Ready for market distribution later this year, this latest product is a 400 Gigabit per second (Gbps) per slot system designed to expand to roughly 1 petabit per second.
Throughout the world, large educational and research networks, as well as service providers and government agencies, are all preparing for the next generation in Internet services. There is also an increasing demand for video, distributed computing and collaboration. Platforms put in place to accommodate this demand must not only deliver protected experiences, they must also be protected investments.
Telecom service providers today face a number of challenges in the market, including limits in their ability to scale, separate Internet Protocol (IP) and optical networks, architectural constraints and more. To be competitive, these challenges have to be overcome, something the CRS-X aims to accomplish.
CMOS photonic technology, also known as the Cisco CPAK, is a line cards that reduces power consumption, delivers flexibility in deployment and helps to reduce the cost of the sparing. Each available interface can easily be configured to support the single port 100 Gigabit Ethernet, 10 x 10 GE, 2X40 GE and varying degrees of reach in the optics through the selection of a specific CPAK transceiver.
The key to this switch and any other carrier investment is the amount of traffic it can efficiently support, while also delivering the optimal experience for the user. A failure to do so can quickly encourage customers to look elsewhere.
As a service provider, what are your challenges and opportunities? Do you have a firm grasp on the technologies that are available, as well as a clear strategy as to what you need to have in place to cater to the needs of your audience? What are your expectations when it comes to your system architecture?
If you aren’t sure about your answer to that question, UNICOM (News - Alert) Engineering has partnered with TMCnet to offer a free webinar, “System Architectures for Service Providers – Understanding the Technology and Opportunities,” scheduled for Wednesday, June 19, 2013, at 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT. If you’re ready to outline your plans for embracing next generation opportunities in your architecture, this is one event you won’t want to miss. Register today!
Edited by Alisen Downey