Cisco has announced three significant enhancements to its Evolved Programmable Network (EPN) portfolio, an open, elastic, and application-centric network infrastructure framework that would enable managed hosting providers to accelerate time to revenue while reducing the costs of deploying new hosting services.
With this announcement, Cisco is integrating its programmability, virtualization and orchestration capabilities into its best-of-breed core and edge networking portfolio. The new technologies include:
- Cisco Application Engineered Routing
- Cisco IOS XRv 9000 Virtual Router
- High-density 100GE line cards for the Cisco ASR 9000 Series
According to the Cisco Visual Networking Index Global Forecast for 2013 to 2018, global Internet Protocol (IP) traffic will increase three-fold from 2013 to 2018, a compound annual growth rate of 21 percent, due to more Internet users and devices, faster broadband speeds and more video viewing. Today’s service provider networks need to be able to scale and to be agile for the exponential traffic and cloud growth as forecasted over the next several years.
Cisco’s EPN, which works via open APIs with the complementary Cisco Evolved Services Platform (ESP), would enable web-speed agility with an open, elastic, and application-centric network infrastructure.
Additionally, Cisco Consulting Services predicts that the Internet of Everything (IoE) represents a $1.7 trillion opportunity for service providers over the next decade. The Cisco EPN offers managed hosting providers the tools to evolve their network infrastructures to manage M2M data, which has its own application-specific transport requirements, as well as unprecedented, dynamic traffic patterns.
By enabling applications to communicate directly with the network, service providers can improve the quality of the customer experience and simplify network operations. With the introduction of Cisco Application Engineered Routing, Cisco enables managed hosting providers to build an agile service-creation environment, combining the capabilities of open, standards-based Segment Routing with software-defined-networking (SDN).
IOS XRv 9000 Virtual Router
To rapidly respond to customer demands and trial on-demand solutions, managed hosting providers must deploy advanced virtualization capabilities. Adding to Cisco’s nearly 50 virtual network functions, which span security, managed services, broadband, policy and mobility applications, Cisco has packaged the scale and carrier-class performance of Cisco IOS XR as a virtualized router.
The IOS XRv 9000 Virtual Router, to be available in the second quarter of 2015, would further increase service agility and provide a low cost entry point for the IOS XR family. Additionally, IOS XRv operates on x86-based hardware for on demand, cost optimized service deployment and complements the existing Cisco Cloud Services Routers (CSR1000v) targeted at the enterprise and managed hosting services markets.
High-Density Carrier Ethernet Line Cards
Cisco’s high-density 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GE) line cards for the Cisco ASR 9000 Series, available in both four- and eight-port versions, support Cisco silicon photonic CPAK technology and enable each 100GE port to be configured as 100GE, 40GE, or 10x10GE based on customer requirements.
Additionally, the new line cards would provide the increased capacity and scale necessary to support new cloud- and network-based applications. This advancement would solidify Cisco ASR 9000 Series as one of the highest single platforms with 100GE density in the industry and significantly reduce power consumption, floor space and cost per bit as compared to the previous generation.