AUGUST 25, 2009 -- Cisco (search Lightwave for Cisco) has doubled the density of its flagship edge router, the Cisco Aggregation Services Router 9000 Series (ASR 9000). A new single-slot 16x10-Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) line card delivers 160 Gbps, which Cisco touts as "an industry first which is faster than any other forwarding module available."
Cisco unveiled the ASR 9000 series last November. The series, which will include 10- and 6-slot versions, is designed to eventually accommodate 400 gigabits per slot.
The router design is optimized for video services support. The platform features the Cisco Advanced Video Services Module, which is designed to enable terabytes of streaming capacity for edge aggregation applications.
Cisco also announced that Australian national carrier Telstra is deploying the ASR 9000 as its Carrier Ethernet platform to support a range of bandwidth-intensive, content-based services such as video. The Cisco ASR 9000 deployment in the edge of their network complements the existing deployment of the Cisco CRS-1 Carrier Routing System (CRS) router in the core.
"Since we launched the Cisco ASR 9000, it has been deployed in a wide range of edge applications from carrier Ethernet, IP RAN, and consumer and business services," said Praveen Akkiraju, vice president and general manager, carrier routing business unit, Cisco. "This breadth of capability, coupled with its scale and Cisco IOS-XR, ensures that the Cisco ASR 9000 is the premier edge solution for service providers."