Cisco Systems is updating its main carrier router with new modular software that will make it easier for service providers to address changing customer, traffic and security needs.
Cisco's XR 12000 series routers are a result of combining the Cisco Internetworking Operating System (IOS) XR software with the established Cisco 12000 series routers.
There are 25,000 Cisco 12000 routers deployed globally that can now be upgraded.
The move expands Cisco’s IP next-generation network strategy, which supports network convergence between voice and data and extends investment protection for service providers.
Cisco's IOS XR software is the industry's first fully modular, self-healing operating system designed for carrier-class routing platforms. It is also used by the company's CRS-1 carrier routing system and gives carriers more flexibility in adding new features or patches in real-time.
The Cisco XR 12000 series starts at $45,500 (£25,300). Upgrade options for existing Cisco 12000 routers start at a list price of $12,500.