Cisco Systems has been teasing the press lately with promises of a major announcement coming next week, and now several publications are reporting that financial research firm Oppenheimer & Co. has suggested in a bulletin to investors that Cisco plans to announce a new service provider edge router platform soon. Right now, the two threads remain parallel, but would seem to give the gamblers among us enough confidence to bet that the Nov. 11 announcement Cisco has alerted media about through both PR and advertising nudges is indeed for the new router.
The new platform reportedly would replace Cisco's 7600 Ethernet router family, and promise greater performance and capabilities designed with the ongoing video and mobile data evolutions in mind.
We'll see if the announcement is worth the hype Cisco is building for it, and if carriers are ready to spend for it, but it's nice to see a vendor trying to build some excitement and energy around a new product launch in these times of uncertain carrier capex.
Cisco recently sounded cautious about market growth expectations
Cisco earlier this year saw a decline in service provider orders