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Cisco CRS-3 – The Fastest Router on Earth

The world’s fastest router is set to become even faster with the world’s largest networking and communications technology vendors, Cisco announcing a new series of router hardware which will be capable of handling vast amounts of data and internet traffic.

The Cisco CRS-3 Carrier Routing System (CRS), as it will be known, is specifically engineered to serve as the foundation for the next stage of internet growth and aid the surprisingly staggering growth of video transmission, mobile devices and new online services for years to come.

It is touted to transform the broadband communication and entertainment industry by accelerating the delivery of compelling new experiences for high-end consumers, new revenue opportunities for service providers and innovative and new ways of collaboration at workplaces because its traffic capacity is 12 times its nearest competitor, Juniper and three times that of its predecessor which is the Cisco CRS-1. To be precise, its capacity is handling 322 Tbps of data in a specific configuration with 72 of the devices together compared to the 92 Tbps on the CRS-1, which is lightning quick!

The basic use of the carrier routing system will be handling core network on which the internet runs by being used as the backbone of large network carriers and Tier-1 internet service providers like AT&T. Cisco claims to have invested around $1.6 billion in this project which shows the amount of commitment on the part of Cisco.

The CRS-3 unifies service delivery of the internet as well as cloud services and provides tight linkages between Cisco CRS-3, Cisco Nexus family and Cisco Unified Computing System with the help of service intelligence that spans service provider IP networks and data centres and also is inclusive of carrier-grade IPv6 (CGv6) and core IP/MPLS technologies which allow new architectural efficiencies to keep pace with this rapidly growing market. CRS-3 is purposefully architected for multi-directional networking and can correctly ease the impact of the request on the network, determine the shortest route to a requested piece of content to improve the customer experience and is also capable of automatically provisioning a cloud VPN to help one data center that has high utilization to tap into the underused resources of another data center.

Also the amount of savings you get is unprecedented, considering the fact existing CRS-1 users save significant capital. There is investment protection for all Cisco’s deployed all over the world and up to 60 percent savings on power consumption when compared to other platforms.  These capabilities can be achieved by reusing the router processors, fans, existing chassis and power systems.

The router is powered by the new Cisco Quantum Flow Array Processor, which was specially designed to provide the system the ability to scale with the ever increasing demands being placed on the IP NGN and combine the power of six chips to work as one. This implementation is even more unique if take into account the fact that the CRS-3 delivers capabilities with lesser chipsets and a fraction of power.

This router is a significant step forward in the networking world.  The Cisco CRS-3 is expected to cost around $90,000 in the US.


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