Ten months after the hype first hit the interwebs, Cisco has started pumping electrons through the first live install of its NCS 6008 giant router, at Australian carrier Telstra. Back in September 2013, the Borg described Telstra as one of the customers “deploying the Cisco NCS”, a statement which in retrospect could be …
The NCS 6008 consumes “60 per cent less power per gigabit of traffic” than the core routers it replaces, the carrier says, and has a smaller footprint. Its faster update and boot, Telstra says, will help reduce downtime.
Surely better way to reduce downtime is to ensure alternative routing is available whilst the router is getting its update/rebooting...
this is Telstra you realise ? Nice to see another ASR aficionado here.
thats a phrase thats been written by a cisco marketing/pr guy and copied into the telstra press release. "Telstra says" means "telstra says on behalf of cisco". Assuming the telstra networking engineering folk know their stuff, then there will indeed be alternative routing path via different box / link.
With thefts from telco facilities increasing, the ability for a replacement unit to boot fast and update quickly allows the telco to restore services faster.
Sarcasm? No - it's all true....
Tbps not a useful measure
The lifetime of routers is set by the port density of their fastest interface. Quoting that, rather than aggregate inter-port Tbps, is a more useful measure of the awesomeness (or otherwise) of a router. Also useful is maximum packet-per-second of small packets: this is particularly where CPU and network processor designs are used, as this limit is usually reached well prior to bps.
Besides...one router passing all that data makes it much easier for the gubermint to slurp it up.
Juniper > Cisco
Meh. Juniper's MX2020 is already capable of 34.4Tbit.. with planned upgrades (new linecards, etc) they expect it to hit 80Tbit really soon. http://www.juniper.net/us/en/products-services/routing/mx-series/mx2020/
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