Cisco Boosts Cloud-Scale Networking with its Software Innovation

By CIOReview | Tuesday, November 24, 2015

FREMONT, CA: Cisco puts forward a software solution for cloud scale networking that offers service providers and web companies a simple, automated and higher agile cloud applications. The innovations made to its network operating system (NOS) enables web service providers to increasing revenue and reduce the operating costs of their supported networks.

Cisco has made enhancements to its NOS “IOS XR” software to help traditional and web service providers generate high programmable networks by merging their data center and wide area network architectures.

Service providers can halve their running cost for the networks over the course of five years when run on IOS XR that is being deployed across 50000 live network routers. IOS XR enables customers to alter to cloud-scale networking with doubled network efficiency and performance while exploring new business opportunities with management tools incorporated in it.

Cisco IOS XR potentials include:

Increased server agility with granular software packaging and automated upgrade; IT and Network automation convergence with third party application hosting; Data driven APIs for expected network programmability; flexibility to adapt customer’s operational environment; high augmented visibility with contextual network insights; delivering real-time networking programmability with enhanced Application Engineered Routing solution.

Cisco also announces the availability of its Network Convergence System (NCS) Series routing portfolio with three new additions that include: Cisco NCS 5000 Series, delivering up to 40-80 10GE ports and 4 100GE ports; Cisco NCS 5500 Series, providing up to 288 routed 100GE ports for WAN aggregation; Cisco NCS 1000 Series, supporting 100/200/250Gb wavelengths over distances exceeding 3000 km with existing fiber.

“Service providers are looking to leverage the operational best practices established in massively scalable computing environments and marry them with their own networking reach to compete and innovate faster,” said Kelly Ahuja, Senior Vice President, Cisco’s service provider segment.  “With this announcement, Cisco is leading the industry toward cloud-scale networking, converging the data center and WAN and delivering new levels of speed, automation and simplicity. We feel this is a real game-changer that will help service providers of all types in their digitization journeys, enabling them to operate their networks in near real-time while dramatically increasing operational efficiency.”

Overall, IOS XR caters cloud-scaled networking solution with simplicity, total automation, open innovation and high visibility and control provisions to the service providers.