Menu
Cisco doubles router speed with new processor

Cisco doubles router speed with new processor

ASR 1000 routers work with new data-rich WAN apps that need speed

Cisco Systems announced Thursday that it is doubling the speed of its Aggregation Services Router (ASR) 1000 Series routers to 20Gbit/sec., only eight months after introducing the product line.

The improvement is made possible with a new embedded services processor that can be installed in the ASR 1000 Series router, said Tere' Bracco, senior manager for network systems at Cisco, in an interview. Each processor, now available, costs US$50,000.

The added speed in the router device will improve performance and security options, Bracco said. The ASR 1000, for aggregating data at the edge of the private network where it joins the Internet in a WAN, was sold to 250 customers globally in only eight months, she said. It was introduced in March. About 2,000 devices have been sold, according to Cisco documents.

Data center consolidation projects, added security tools and new data-rich collaboration applications all increase the need for a new WAN infrastructure that benefits from fast aggregation, Bracco added.

For security, the new processor also provides 8Gbit/sec. IPsec encryption and VPN tunnel services, Bracco added. In addition, Cisco today announced WAN optimization enhancements for the ASR series, as well as integrated threat control and simplified management for Cisco Security Manager software.

Zeus Kerravala, an analyst at Yankee Group Research, said the new speed will matter, especially at aggregation points for processing security packets and data-rich applications. The security improvements also make it possible to replace a WAN edge security firewall, he added.

Kerravala said he knew of no other vendor offering such speed in a similar router.

NHS Lothian, the second largest health care provider in Scotland, recently installed eight ASR 1000 routers with 10Gbit/sec. speed in four sites on its WAN, which serves 68 sites and about 22,000 users in all, said Iain Robertson, head of IT operations and infrastructure at NHS Lothian.

Having higher speeds at 20Gbit/sec. is "very much of interest," Robertson said in an e-mail, since the health care provider plans to install new devices in the spring that produce digital images of up to 6GB in size.

The existing routers have been used to support a new patient management system, as well as a new digital X-ray system, which has eliminated the need to produce and process film for X-rays with chemicals, Robertson said. With the patient management system, NHS Lothian also uses encryption over the WAN to protect patient records, which include treatments, diagnoses and digital x-rays.

In all, NHS Lothian spent about US$280,000 on the eight ASRs, Robertson said. He said it's too early to tell if the ASRs are cost-effective but added, "I believe they will be, as we have a platform which is scalable and able to support some of the huge bandwidth requirements that are being thrown at us in the health sector." IT technicians at the health center have seen an added benefit with easy setup and configuration of the ASRs, he added.


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Or
Error: Please check your email address.

Tags ciscorouters

Featured

Slideshows

Bumper channel crowd kicks off first After Hours of 2018

Bumper channel crowd kicks off first After Hours of 2018

After Hours made a welcome return to the channel social calendar with a bumper crowd of partners, distributors and vendors descending on The Jefferson in Auckland to kick-start 2018. Photos by Gino Demeer.

Bumper channel crowd kicks off first After Hours of 2018
Looking back at the top 15 M&A deals in NZ during 2017

Looking back at the top 15 M&A deals in NZ during 2017

In 2017, merger and acquisitions fever reached new heights in New Zealand, with a host of big name deals dominating the headlines. Reseller News recaps the most important transactions of the Kiwi channel during the past 12 months.

Looking back at the top 15 M&A deals in NZ during 2017
Kiwi channel closes 2017 with After Hours

Kiwi channel closes 2017 with After Hours

The channel in New Zealand came together to celebrate the close of 2017, as the final After Hours played out in front of a bumper Auckland crowd.

Kiwi channel closes 2017 with After Hours
Show Comments