BT to deploy cost-saving Cisco router as part of network contracts

BT Global Services will use the new Cisco ASR 1000 Series aggregation services routers in future networking contracts to ease deployments and save customers money.

BT Global Services will use the new Cisco ASR 1000 Series aggregation services routers in future networking contracts to ease deployments and save customers money.

BT Global Services had been involved in testing the 1000 Series routers prior to their launch in March.

"One of our key challenges is to quickly roll out new services while at the same time managing the operational complexity of delivering those services," said David Stark, vice-president for CPE and converged services at BT Global Services.

"Unlike past generation routers, which are dependant on specific service blades, the Cisco ASR 1000 supports multiple services such as high-speed firewall, security and flexible packet matching on the platform in hardware.

"There is no need for engineering site visits to install service blades and services can be turned on instantly with minimal network downtime," Stark said.

The Cisco ASR 1000 Series Routers are driven by the new Cisco QuantumFlow Processor (QFP), a fully-integrated and programmable processing engine.

The ASR 1000 Series features software virtualisation to enable "instant-on" provisioning, and the simultaneous use of a wide range of service functionality, including firewall, IP security virtual private networks (IPsec VPNs), deep-packet inspection (DPI) and Session Border Control (SBC).

Such broad-ranging embedded capabilities eliminate the need to deploy multiple single-function appliances in addition to a router, offering savings in capital costs and operations expenses and a reduction in users' carbon footprints.

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