BREAKING NEWS: Cisco unveils 322 Terabit router

Cisco Systems Inc. has announced Carrier Routing System 3, a router that could potentially transfer voice, video and data at up to 322 Terabits per second (Tbps).

This is 12 times faster than the competition, Cisco officials said on a conference call Tuesday. Though they did not mention names, Juniper Networks Inc.’s TX Matrix Plus has a maximum speed of 25 Tbps.
The CRS 3 announcement came nearly six years after San Jose, Calif.-based Cisco announced CRS 1, which has a maximum throughput of 92 Tbps.


With CRS 3, “Every man, woman and child in China can make a video call at the same time,” said Pankaj Patel, Cisco senior VP and general manager of Cisco’s service provider group.

“It enables new generation of collaboration built around video,” said John Chambers, president of  Cisco. “It brings the services of cloud to life.”


Cisco is conducting user trials with AT&T Corp. and plans to ship the CRS 3 before October.

With the CRS 3, only a multi-shelf system with 1152 slots would get 322 Tbps. The four-slot single shelf system has 1.12 Tbps.


Cisco will also sell eight and 16-slot single shelf-systems, with 2.24 Tbps and 4.48 Tbps respectively.

The CRS 3 fits into Cisco’s strategy of helping large corporations use cloud computing services, Patel said.


Last year, server manufacturers including Hewlett Packard Development Co. LP and IBM Corp. found a potential competitor when Cisco launched Unified Computing System, a server designed specifically for virtualization.


 “We can tie UCS to Nexus data centre switches and can tie it to CRS 3,” Patel said Tuesday.


Keith Cambron, President of AT&T labs, said his company his using CRS 3 to test 100 Gigabit per second and 40 Gbps services in Florida and Louisiana.


“We are seeing routes where 40 Gbps is not enough,” Cambron said.


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