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Cisco extends 7300 line

Feb 12, 20032 mins
Cisco SystemsRoutersSystem Management

Cisco Wednesday unveiled a router for customer-edge applications such as a Internet-campus gateway or a service provider managed service.

The Cisco 7301 is a single-rack-unit device designed for service providers to offer managed services such as high-speed Internet, IP VPNs, and metro/WAN connectivity to enterprise companies. Cisco, citing a recent Gartner report, says the U.S. managed services market will grow at a 27.6% compound annual growth rate to $8.2 billion by 2006.

The 7301 sports three onboard copper or optical Gigabit Ethernet ports and three RJ-45 Fast Ethernet ports. It also includes a single-port adapter slot to support Cisco’s 7×00 series router interfaces.

Customers have invested more than $4 billion in 7×00 series network adapters since the router line debuted in the mid-1990s, Cisco says.

The 7301 features a 700-MHz integrated processor, up to 1G byte of dynamic RAM and up to 256M bytes of flash memory. The router can support up to 1 million routes and forwards over 900,000 packet/sec, Cisco claims.

WAN interfaces include serial and multichannel T-1/E-1 and T-3/E-3; OC-3/STM-1 packet-over-SONET and ATM; T-1/E-1 Inverse Multiplexing over ATM; ISDN Primary Rate Interface and Basic Rate Interface; and High-Speed Serial Interface. The product supports hardware encryption and Layer 3 compression for VPNs.

Among the managed service features the 7301 supports are Network Address Translation; Cisco’s Network Based Application Recognition; quality of service control through Committed Access Rate, Weighted Random Early Detection, and Weighted Fair Queuing; and stateful firewall.

Service provider applications for the 7301 include broadband aggregation, gateway functions between IPv4 and IPv6 networks, MPLS-customer edge, and a route reflector. The 7301 is currently installed at Canadian service provider PRIMUS Canada.

Separately, Cisco announced a port adapter carrier card for the 7304 router that allows the router to accept existing 7×00 series port adapters.

List pricing for the 7301 starts at $18,000; the Cisco 7304 starts at $22,000. Both products are now available.

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Jim Duffy has been covering technology for over 28 years, 23 at Network World. He covers enterprise networking infrastructure, including routers and switches. He also writes The Cisco Connection blog and can be reached on Twitter @Jim_Duffy and at

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