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Cisco router tackles new internet

Cliff Saran
Cisco has redeveloped its carrier grade router technology and operating system to power the next generation of IP virtual private networks (IPVPNs).

To mark its 20th anniversary, Cisco launched the Carrier Routing System, which it said will provide 200% more capacity and scalability than today's high-end products. John Doyle, director of product and technology marketing at Cisco, said the new product "could replace 1,000 routers".

The Carrier Routing System, when fully configured, will support 1,152 40gbps slots, giving network throughput of 92tbps, Doyle said. He added that the design should be able to support internet and network traffic across telco networks for the next 10 years.

Cisco's strategy is to provide a modular architecture that can be linked through a fabric network to increase bandwidth and simplify manageability. Doyle said Cisco had rewritten its Internetwork Operating System for the Carrier Routing System to make it more resilient. It should never need to be powered down, making it more like a telephone switch with 99.999% availability.

The technology also promises to improve IPVPNs for users who have outsourced their networks, said Doyle. The Carrier Routing System should prevent different businesses which are running on the same IPVPN from affecting each other's service level.

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