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On August 25th Cisco hosted an Investor Relations Conference and issued several press releases related to the ASR 9000 platform. I was able to interview Praveen Akkiraju, Vice President and General Manager of Cisco’s Core Router Business Unit, to discuss some of what was shared and announced. Cisco just announced a 16x10GE line card for the ASR 9000 - why is this important? For our customers, this is very significant. The use of video and mobile Internet is growing at a staggering rate.  By 2013, the sum of all forms of video such as TV, video-on-demand, Internet video, and peer-to-peer will exceed 90 percent of global consumer traffic, according to the Cisco Visual Networking Index. The introduction of this new Ethernet line card unlocks massive capacity from the 400Gbps/slot Cisco ASR 9000. As you can see in this video, this new card demonstrates that we can go wel... (more)

T-Systems Creates Innovative Managed Service Based on Cisco WAAS and NetQoS

With the proliferation of applications across the enterprise - LAN, WAN, and data center – the need to optimize applications across wide area networks is greater than ever, and performance becomes the new vanguard in network and service management. As the borderless enterprise takes hold, with distributed workers and branches collaborating over video, mobile, and other multimedia applications, enterprises are looking for service providers that can help improve the user experience with quality of service (QoS) guarantees. This means service providers need to have the ability to de... (more)

Cisco’s Long Tradition of Routing & Switching Innovation

The Cisco name has long been synonymous with attaining the highest degree of proven expertise in the realm of Routing and Switching technology. From quite literally the first router to the 7200 and 12000 to the more recent ASR 1000 and ASR 9000 platforms, Cisco focused on and delivered ground-breaking innovation. And I believe we did it again this week with the introduction of the CRS-3 – what we believe will be the foundation of the Next-Generation Internet. In Anticipation of Forecast Demand When you set out to find a lasting solution to service provider’s core networking need... (more)

Why Should You Join an Ethernet Exchange?

Recently we talked about scaling up for Zettabyte Era growth. However, what’s important to remember is that traffic will often be carried over many networks to reach its destination - and somewhere, somehow there must be a way to interconnect them.  Ethernet is far and away the most popular way to do that not just for its flexibility but also because it is the most cost effective. As a Local Area Network technology, Ethernet (and let’s not forget to capitalize that “E”!) wasn’t originally designed for interconnecting carriers - a number of innovations were needed before it could... (more)

Making the Cloud Accessible: Lowering Barriers and Increasing Automation

Reading some Cloud-related news, I found an interesting quote in a new piece from IDC on Cloud Computing for the Enterprise Steps Forward: Lessons Learned and Key Takeaways (subscription required): “Ironically, it appears that the most critical factors to the success of cloud computing projects in the enterprise hinge on human factors, not technical ones. That’s because cloud computing is all about connecting IT technologies to business processes, in a way that reflects the business imperatives and organizational structure of those who are leveraging cloud.” This struck a chord... (more)