The Cisco® 7304 Router is designed for the network edge where high-performance IP services are required to enable profitability, service differentiation, and business agility. Using a compact, 4-rack-unit (4-RU), modular (4-slot) form factor, the Cisco 7304 Router delivers high-touch IP services at optical speeds necessary for applications in the high-end enterprise, service provider edge, and for service provider-managed customer premises equipment (CPE).
High-performance services are critical in these implementations, and the Cisco 7304 Router delivers an evolving set of hardware-accelerated IP services through the Parallel Express Forwarding (PXF) IP Services Processor technology patented by Cisco Systems®. The Cisco 7304 Router provides a range of optical connectivity from OC-3/STM-1 to Gigabit Ethernet, OC-48 performance, an architecture engineered for high availability, and multiprotocol support. With two Gigabit Ethernet ports built into the system, the Cisco 7304 Router is the optical evolution of Cisco 7x00 Series routers.
The Cisco 7304 1-Port OC-48c/STM-16 Packet over SONET/SDH Line Card is well suited as a high-speed uplink in numerous solutions. Examples include use as a WAN uplink for a CPE device to use as an uplink from the edge to the distribution layer or core in various network deployments. Using the Cisco Network Services Engine (NSE)-100 Route Processor on the Cisco 7304 Router, this line card can use multiprotocol capability from Cisco IOS® Software and PXF technology to deliver hardware-accelerated IP network services.