Cisco redesigns internet infrastructure to support a more inclusive future

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    Cisco announced its internet infrastructure strategy to help communication service providers and web-scale companies worldwide connect, secure, and automate their networks to deliver a stronger, more accessible internet to everyone, everywhere, regardless of geographic limitations.

    Living in the pandemic, people, businesses, governments, and communities have come to rely on the power of connections to keep the world running. The internet went from being a must-have to a critical lifeline for most everyone to connect to information and each other. Video conferencing skyrocketed as people were forced to work from home and into online learning. With remote healthcare services, streaming video, gaming, and more, internet traffic spiked by 25-45 percent in many regions across the globe.

    The networks powered through, but Cisco predicts this is only a glimpse of the traffic volume we will see in the 5G era, with 29.3B connected devices expected in 2023. Internet architecture needs continuous care and attention to support the world’s ambitions. With over three billion people still without access to the internet, a digital divide continues to develop where many are without access to vital information, learning and opportunities. The need to transform internet infrastructure and how we build networks is critical.

    “Cisco has spent the last five years researching and investing in this portfolio of innovation, focusing on how to help our customers deliver the best internet while being able to grow revenue, reduce their costs, and mitigate risk,” said Jonathan Davidson, senior vice president and general manager, Mass Scale Infrastructure Group, Cisco. “By helping our customers make the right decisions for their networks today, we are setting the world up for success, to connect more people, places, and things than ever before. We can all look back on this point in time in the next ten years and celebrate how we rose to the challenge and did the right thing to take care of the internet.”

    Changing the economics of the internet

    Building networks to grow and extend the internet infrastructure to more areas has been a challenging process for network operators. Answering the call, Cisco designed its Converged SDN Transport, an innovative blueprint designed to help service providers converge multiple networks into a common, cost efficient and secure infrastructure with enormous scale.

    Today, Cisco is helping to further simplify the constructs of the internet with its Routed Optical Networking solution aimed at collapsing IP and Optical networks. With Acacia’s pluggable coherent optics, advancements in Segment Routing and Ethernet VPN, and new Cisco Crosswork Cloud capabilities, operators can build lean, efficient, easy-to-operate networks capable of supporting the levels of traffic expected with 5G.

    New innovation powering the internet for the future

    Cisco has been working with leading communication service providers and web-scale companies including Altibox, AWS, Facebook, Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, Deutsche Telecom, Rakuten, SFR, Telenor, Telia Carrier, Telstra, Vodafone, and more to design the building blocks of the Internet for the future, delivering greater efficiency, agility, and savings gains.

    Cisco Silicon One

    With the introduction of its networking silicon architecture, Silicon One™ in 2019, Cisco offers its customers a unified, programmable silicon architecture designed to improve operational efficiencies and deliver the speed and capacity for the 5G era. In just 15 months Cisco has expanded the Cisco Silicon One platform from a routing-focused solution to one which also addresses the web-scale switching market, offering ten networking chips (devices) ranging from 3.2Tbps to 25.6Tbps, making it the highest performance programmable routing and switching silicon on the market.

    Subscriber Management

    Cisco is introducing its new Cisco Cloud Native Broadband Network Gateway for telco customers (wireline), joining the Cisco family of existing cloud native broadband routers for cable and mobile. It paves the way for convergence to a unified subscriber management solution, bringing further simplification and efficiency while enabling service providers to offer truly access- agnostic services independent from where people use these services.

    Advancing the Access, Aggregation, Edge, and Core Networks for Greater Performance
    • Cisco’s latest 8000 family of routers now features Cisco Silicon One Q200 series chips offering up to 14.4Tbps total capacity, enabling 32 and 64 x 100G web-scale switches
    • Introducing powerful new line cards and chassis for the Cisco Aggregated Service Router (ASR) 9000 series and Network Convergence System (NCS) 500 and 5500 series routers providing increased capacity with capital and operational cost savings
    • New Crosswork Network Controller (CNC) features help customers operate the Cisco Routed Optical Networking solution
    Cisco Crosswork Cloud

    Crosswork Cloud delivers a new application called Traffic Analysis, offering a comprehensive view across network peering points. With this insight, Traffic Analysis provides actionable recommendations to optimize traffic at the network edge to help prevent impact on the customer experience.

    Cisco Business Critical Services

    Cisco Business Critical Services helps customers looking to transform to Cisco’s Routed Optical Networking and Cloud Native Broadband solutions ensure a smooth transition. With consulting on network architecture design and implementation planning, Business Critical Services helps accelerate migration and mitigate risk. New options within Specialized Expertise Scrum Services and Expert-as-a-Service give customers access to powerful analytics and even greater flexibility to choose skill sets to fuel their transitions.

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