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