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Cisco's New Router Is All About Video

Cisco has unveiled a new routing system that it claims can handle 12 times the traffic capacity of the nearest competing system. And it’s all about the video.

The company in a much-hyped announcement this morning introduced the CRS-3, a router that can move up to 322 terabits per second — enough to download the entire printed collection of the Library of Congress in one second, Cisco said, or deliver all movies ever made in about four minutes. The router has been tested by AT&T (s t) in a successful trial of 100-Gigabit backbone network technology. Cisco said it has invested $1.6 billion to develop the hardware, which starts at $90,000 and is slated to be available in the third quarter of this year.

“This is about laying the foundation for the next generation internet,” said Pankaj Patel, SVP and general manager of Cisco’s Service Provider Group, during a webcast. “It’s about scale.”

Cisco believes that kind of muscle will be necessary to support a dramatic surge in data consumption on fixed-line and mobile networks over the next several years. And the company is betting heavily that both consumer and enterprise video will drive a huge amount of that growth, as its $3 billion acquisition of Tandberg illustrates.

“Video is not just the killer app,” Cisco CEO John Chambers said. “It enables new business models, new health care models, new productivity models.”

Chambers also said Cisco is expanding beyond its role as “a plumber” to become a business partner and consultant for businesses looking to leverage new technologies. That’s a strategy that could pay big dividends as vertical markets such as health care and education increasingly look for ways to use technology to connect with their customers and with each other. And the move is likely to help Cisco maintain its edge in its two core businesses — routers and switches — that appears to have slipped slightly.

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8 Responses to “Cisco's New Router Is All About Video”

  1. Exactly how can/does the CSR-3 save over 300 acres of rainforest each year?

    It’s a great product but jumping on the green bandwagon like that is awful – Does the CSR-3 buy up 300 acres of rainforest each year to preserve it? Or does it fly out and plant trees in the equatorial regions of our planet?

  2. Michael C

    322 Tbps for $90,000. That’s about 3.5 Gbps per DOLLAR! So tell me again why ISPs are crying about the cost to upgrade their netowrks.

    This just go to prove that as bandwith usage by consumers goes up, the cost to provide that bandwidth goes down. But will we see our bills go down? I won’t hold my breath.

    • @Michael C, I would suspect that the $90k figure is a starting price point for a base chassis with minimal to no interface cards . CRS3 architecture is similar to the CRS1 and requires 72 chassis I believe to get to the 322Tbps switching potential. As well, the interface cards are where the cost usually is in these cases. A 100GE interface card is usually north of $100k.

  3. Anthony


    Doesn’t really matter if none of the systems accessing the backbone can handle that data rate.

    Doesn’t matter if no one wants to pay the ridiculous extortion fees for truly high speed connections to their homes or businesses. (See above)