Cisco rolls out second generation ISRs

$10 billion installed base in five years for the branch/services router

Cisco this week rolled out the second generation of its ISR branch router, which has become a $10 billion installed base for Cisco since its debut in 2004. Cisco's sold 7 million units since then to help solidify its 84% share of the access router market.

The ISR G2 has a new spin of DSPs optimized for video. It's also got huge chunks of storage for video and virtualized services, and a software license to turn up new services on the router rather than going through a hardware upgrade.

Ninety percent of the ISR G1's modules are forward compatible with the new platform, Cisco says.

The ISR G2 is, for now, the teeth -- tooth rather -- of Cisco's Borderless Networks strategy to provide anywhere, anytime, any device access to anything. Anyway, it's got more teeth than marketectures like SONA, which Forrester's Rob Whiteley says was more religion than toolbox and offered little value.

Cisco's taking orders for the ISR G2 now for November availability.

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