Alcatel-Lucent enters core router market with 32 Tbps capacity system

The global telecommunications behemoth Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) announced today it was entering the core IP router market with a product line that "enables a faster, more efficient Internet" in global communications.

Alcatel-Lucent 7950 XRS family

Alcatel-Lucent is making its foray into the $4 billion-a-year core router market with its 7950 Extensible Routing System (XRS) line that the company said improves network versatility and reduces energy costs.

The top-of-the-line model, the 7950 XRS-40, supports 32 Tbps capacity and 160 100G Ethernet ports in a single system, offering five times the density of core routers on the market.

Compared to "typical" core routers on the market, the 7950 XRS uses 66 percent less energy to power, the company said.

Alcatel-Lucent, based in Paris, said its 7950 XRS line offers "unprecedented combination of capacity, efficiency and scale" that can "significantly improve the economics of operating and expanding core IP networks."

The product was showcased at AlcaLu's three-day annual technology symposium, which runs in Santa Clara, Calif., until Wednesday.

The chief of the company's IP Division, Basil Alwan, said just as the company for the past decade has advanced the network edge with service routing, now with its 7950 XRS line, the company is "revolutionizing" the network core.

"The core router platform of the future needs to be able to efficiently deliver enormous capacity, and do so without sacrificing the intelligence and capabilities needed to support an expanding variety of content and applications," Alwan said. "With the 7950 XRS family, service providers need not compromise on any of these dimensions."

Michael Kennedy, Principal Analyst at ACG Research, believes that the vendor's new router could enable service providers to more cost effectively migrate to 100G configurations.

"ACG Research analyzed the TCO of the 7950 XRS core router and other leading core switch/router solutions when deployed on a simulated large core network subject to high traffic growth rates," he said. "We found that the opex of the 7950 XRS is 43 percent to 56 percent lower than the competitions' core router solutions. Capital expense (capex) also is lower by 22 percent to 26 percent."

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