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Cisco's fastest router just got faster, than anyone's

Cisco brings 100GigE line card to the ASR 9000, doubling its density

By Jim Duffy on Wed, 08/26/09 - 1:13pm.

(Posted by Cisco Subnet editor Julie Bort while Jim Duffy is on vacation.) In the race to dominate the emerging 100GigE router market, Cisco on Tuesday made its move. The company introduced a new single-slot 16 x 10 Gigabit Ethernet line card for its flagship Aggregation Services Router 9000 edge router that doubles the density of the ASR 9000. Cisco says the card will actually deliver more than 100 Gbps and that this makes the ASR 9000 faster than any other router out there.

With the new 10GigE line card, the ASR 9000 maxes out at 400G-per-slot ( The line card has the capacity to grow to 320 x 10GigE, or 32 x 100 GigE per system). Cogent, Softbank and Verizon Wireless are all deploying the ASR 9000 and yesterday Cisco also announced it had won Australia's Telstra as a customer. On Tuesday, Cisco executives also admited that company has lost market share in edge routers and say that this line card will be the ticket to winning that share back, reports Reuters.

In June, Juniper beat Cisco to the 100GigE punch, releasing what it claimed to be the first 100GigE core router. Earlier this month, Infonetics published a report that showed Juniper had beat Cisco in carrier spending for IP edge routers. Cisco, on the other hand, came out on top for carrier Ethernet switches.

It doesn't take much to see a thumb-of-the-nose at Juniper implied in the Cisco product announcement materials. In the Cisco video embedded below about the new line card, who do you think is featured at the 2:10 mark praising Cisco and hinting that Cisco has leapfrogged its competitors? None other than Infonetics own Michael Howard.

 

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