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Cisco Updates ASR 9000 Edge Routing Platform for 5G, Multicloud Future

Thursday Sep 13th 2018 by Sean Michael Kerner

Cisco adds new 100 Gigabit Ethernet line cards to ASR router portfolio.

A decade after Cisco first announced the Aggregation Services Router (ASR) 9000, it's still going strong.

The ASR 9000 was first introduced in an effort to help accelerate video delivery. Now in 2018, the latest iteration of the ASR 9000 platform is being positioned by Cisco as a platform for today's trends: multicloud and 5G.

"In the past ten years, more than 4500 service provider, enterprise and public sector customers around the world have relied on the Cisco ASR 9000 edge routing platform to manage and deliver billions of connections over their networks," Cisco stated in a press release.Cisco ASR line card

The updates to the ASR 9000 include new 100 Gigabit Ethernet line cards powered by a new networking processor and an update to the IOS XR network operating system.

Among the new line cards are a pair of 32x100GE modules, one of which is optimized for service edge customer deployment. The other is optimized of packet transport.

According to Cisco's data sheet on the new line cards, a single 100 Gigabit Ethernet port can now replace large 10 Gigabit Ethernet link aggregation bundles to simplify network operations. Based on QSFP technology, the new line cards have flexible interfaces that support 100 Gigabit Ethernet, 40 Gigabit Ethernet, 50 Gigabit Ethernet, 25 Gigabit Ethernet and 10 Gigabit Ethernet modes.

"Over the past 10 years, the ASR 9000’s slot capacity has been increased by a factor of 80, up to 3.2Tbps from 40G," Sumeet Arora, senior vice president of engineering, Service Provider Network Systems at Cisco, wrote in a blog post. "More importantly, customers can benefit from this stunning bandwidth increase without having to change their existing ASR 9000 chassis.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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