Cisco unveils long-awaited CRS-1 upgrade

Cisco's long-awaited follow up to its flagship core router CRS-1 came today with the debut of its new CRS-3 core router.

Offering up to 322 Tbps of capacity, Cisco says the CRS-3 offers unified service delivery of Internet and cloud services with intelligence spanning service provider IP NGNs and data center.

Already, the CRS-3 has gotten the attention of AT&T, who tested the product in their recent 100 Gbps Ethernet field trial. Conducted on a live route between New Orleans and Miami, AT&T's trial signifies the ongoing movement large carriers are making to advance their networks to support the growing mix of consumer and business wireline and mobile applications. Also lending a hand in AT&T's 100 Gbps deployment were Opnext with their 100 Gigabit CFP client side modules and Ixia's "K2" 100 Gigabit traffic generator and analyzer.

Interestingly, AT&T's trial follows a similar live trial that Verizon conducted with Juniper and NEC this month on network routes in its North Dallas, Texas market.

Cisco's impending news about a major product upgrade that it said would "forever change the Internet" and potential broadband initiatives sent the Silicon Valley's shares up four percent yesterday to close at $26.13.

For more:
- Light Reading gives their take here
- Reuters has this article

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