The company also said that its CRS-1 is in use by over 85 providers globally as the basis of converged services, which include Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) and TelePresence.
Sources at the San Jose, California office of Cisco, informed that the CRS-1, are the core component of Cisco Internet Protocol for Next-Generation Network (IP NGN) architecture.
Company sources also said that the CRS-1 offers providers a cost-effective means to meet the performance and reliability requirements of advanced service delivery while accommodating ever-increasing IP traffic.
“The rapid growth of CRS-1 sales has been both accompanied and, to some degree, driven by significant IP traffic growth on global networks as video and other advanced service deployments continue,” our sources said.
As contained in a data compiled by Cisco and industry analysts, Internet video produced six times more IP traffic in 2006 than the amount of IP traffic that crossed the entire United States (U.S.) Internet backbone in 2000.
Equally, by 2011, global IP traffic is projected to reach more than 26 exabytes per month; an exabyte is a unit of information or computer storage equal to one quintillion bytes.
In addition, Cisco said that BT and Sprint are among the leading global providers that have deployed its CRS-1 as the foundation of their IP transformation initiatives.
Affirming this, Group Chief Technical Officer (CTO) at BT Group, Mr. Matt Bross, said that the consolidation of BT’s various service-specific networks onto a single IP infrastructure, combined with the growth of Internet traffic due to advanced services like IPTV and collaboration, makes it a reliable, highly-scalable, IP/MPLS core critical.
“Our aggressive 21CN service strategy, driven by the growing needs of our residential, business and industry customers, will increase traffic growth and we wanted to deploy a core routing system that would meet those needs now and in the future,” he said, noting that by deploying Cisco CRS-1 to support the telco’s dramatic growth in 1 services including the step to migrate customers from legacy non-IP-based technologies to SprintLink IP and Global MPLS platforms.
Vice President of Network Development at Sprint, Iyad Tarazi, said that in addition to the company’s wireline investments, “we expect to see exponential growth in wireless data for 3G and Wi-Max services which also require significant investments in our IP core. The CRS-1 is well-suited to meet our needs, thus allowing us to support the long-term needs of our customers.”
It was further gathered that other publicly announced CRS-1 customers included Cable & Wireless, Comcast, China Telecom (ChinaNet), China Education and Research Network (CERNET), Deutsche Telecom, Korea Telecom, FREE, the National Institute of Informatics’ SuperSINET research network in Japan, Neuf Cegetel, National LambdaRail, MTS Allstream, MTN, Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC), SaskTel, Savvis, Softbank, Yahoo! BB, Swisscom, Shanghai Telecom, Strato Medien, Teliasonera, Terremark, Telstra and VTR to name a few.
Highlight the efficacy of Cisco CRS-1, company sources said its the industry’s most powerful carrier routing system, designed with the aim of offering continuous system operation as well as unprecedented service flexibility and scalability.Powered by Cisco IOS XR Software, its designed for always-on operation while scaling system capacity up to 92 terabits-per-second (Tbps), even as the innovative system architecture combines the Cisco Silicon Packet Processor, the first programmable 40-Gbps ASIC, with the Cisco Service Separation Architecture for unprecedented service flexibility and speed to service. The CRS-1 marks a new era in carrier IP communications by powering the foundation for IP NGNs today while protecting investments for decades to come.