While I tried to stay out of it, the hype reached stratospheric levels over the last week in the runup to Cisco's announcement. What could Cisco possibly have been planning that could "forever change the Internet and its impact on consumers, businesses and government" yet somehow keep it secret this long? Well, nothing really was going to fit the bill after the media got done speculating. So what did they have to announce? Precisely what everyone should have expected them to announce: absolutely gigantic new routers to meet the challenge of the coming transition to video networking.
According to the new CRS-3 routers will scale to 12 times the capacity of the nearest competing system, up to 322 Tbps. As that is enough to transfer the entire printed collection of the Library of Congress in just one second, I think we are going to need some larger benchmark data sets to measure this sort of thing. According to Pankaj Patel:
The next generation Internet is upon us and we are confident that the Cisco CRS-3 will play a crucial role as service providers like AT&T deliver an exciting, new array of video, mobile, data center and cloud services. The Cisco CRS-3 is well positioned to carry on the tradition of the Cisco CRS-1, become the flagship router of the future and serves as the foundation for the world's most intelligent and advanced broadband networks.
AT&T (NYSE:T, news, filings) has been testing the system, including in a 100G test between Miami and New Orleans they themselves announced just today. That field test parallels the one Verizon announced with Juniper and others just the other day, which was clearly a precisely timed PR.
Now, I'm actually quite pleased to see Cisco's big news is its next generation router. As for the other innovations included in the new series for enabling the cloud, lowering operating expenses and energy requirements, and new silicon to power it all - well, it sounds great of course, as all PR does. I look forward to hearing how it works in the real world.
I also look forward to an internet that needs core routers capable of 322Tbps.
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