With all its recent restructuring news lately, Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO, news, filings) could use a break. So what better time for a big new product upgrade? That's Cisco's medicine today, as it unveiled a new ASR 9000 router. The new gear will deliver 96Tbps and promises up to 70% savings on operating expenses. Embedded within is the company's new nV network virtualization technology. 96Tbps is a lot of bandwidth to be needing in a single box, but Cisco is always preparing for the network of a few years from now.
And what's a new product without a few customer endorsements right? So Cisco brought a bunch. Yesterday we saw NTT Plala jump in early - they plan to use Cisco's new box to power the secure wideband internet service infrastructure they are building. And today Tata Communications (news, filings) announced their intention to use it to power Carrier Ethernet services throughout the giant but young Indian market, Fastweb will use it as the foundation of their next generation edge network throughout Italy, and back in the USA Cox Communications will do the same. Japan, India, Italy, and the US - that's a pretty wide international footprint for day one.
Nice to see Cisco turning its attention back to what got it where it is today - big routers that enable huge amounts of bandwidth.
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