Cisco (CSCO) has introduced the Carrier Routing System-X (CRS-X), the newest addition to the CRS family, providing economical scale and lasting investment protection for more than 750 telecommunications service providers and organizations worldwide that have deployed more than 10,000 CRS systems as the foundation of their network infrastructures.
The new CRS-X is a 400 Gigabit per second (Gbps) per slot system that can be expanded to nearly 1 petabit per second in a multi-chassis deployment. The line card uses complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) photonic technology, called Cisco CPAK, to reduce power consumption, reduce the cost of sparing, and increase deployment flexibility.
“Cisco’s flagship networking platforms are designed with investment protection for decades and beyond, unlike other technology providers, which force operators to rip and replace their products on a regular basis," said Surya Panditi, senior vice president and general manager, Cisco’s service provider networking group. " Service providers, large educational and research networks, and government agencies around the world are preparing for the next-generation Internet and the increasing demand for video, collaboration and distributed computing. Cisco CPAK technology and 400 Gbps per slot CRS-X demonstrate Cisco’s commitment to leading the industry in IP core technology and protecting the investment of our existing CRS customers.”
Additionally, the CRS-X improves the simplicity and scale of IP and optical convergence. Service providers can now choose between deploying integrated optics or the new Cisco nV™ optical satellite. Both allow for a single IP and optical system that utilizes Cisco’s nLight technology for control plane automation. he CRS-X uses the IOS-XR software, a unique self-healing and self-defending operating system designed for “always on” operation while scaling system capacity.