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The Cisco ASR 9000 Series is an operationally simple, future-optimized platform utilizing next-generation hardware and software. Some highlights of this next-generation platform are:
• Cisco IOS XR modular operating system: The Cisco ASR 9000 Series leverages Cisco IOS XR operating system made famous by the highly successful Cisco CRS-1 Carrier Routing System platform in core deployments. Cisco IOS XR operating system is purpose-built for distributed systems such as the Cisco ASR 9000 Series and uses a microkernel architecture to achieve true modularity. This modularity provides the path to nonstop operations during software image upgrades or module changes, without affecting normal platform operations.
• Fully distributed system: "The Cisco ASR 9000 Series operates in a fully distributed fashion, that is, all packet-forwarding decisions and actions take place on the individual line cards. These high-density Ethernet line- cards are equipped with a specialized network processor that provides a flexible programming infrastructure with high-density Hierarchical Quality-of-Service (H-QoS) services, security, and integrated Synchronous Ethernet. The distributed nature of the Cisco ASR 9000 Series improves resiliency by adding a new dimension in scale for features such as Bidirectional Forwarding Detection (BFD) and Ethernet Operations, Administration, and Maintenance (E-OAM)."
• Operationally efficient and redundant hardware: The Cisco ASR 9000 Series provides an infrastructure where all common components, Route Switch Processors (RSPs), switching fabric, fans, and power supplies, are completely redundant. In addition, the platform is designed such that power is used on an as-needed basis depending on system requirements. Power has been modularized for a true pay-as-you-grow approach reducing capital expenditures (CapEx) and again providing an operationally efficient deployment. The Cisco ASR 9000 also provides a space-optimized small-platform option which uses the Series' common components and retains a central office deployment-ready capability using a patent pending side-to-back airflow design.
• Environmentally conscious design: In today's world of increasing awareness of human impact on the environment and the resultant fiscal implications, Cisco ASR 9000 Series Routers bring a fresh new "conscious" approach to product development. From optimal thermal design to the architecture of the power infrastructure, from the placement of line card components to the pitch of each slot, every design aspect had one goal in mind - reduced environmental impact through lowered power consumption and decreased cooling requirement. Even the product packaging process was evaluated to minimize the use of packaging material and thereby reduce waste at customer locations. The Cisco ASR 9000 Series is an example of the continued Cisco commitment to efficient and future-friendly product design.
The Cisco ASR 9000 Series offers a significant value-add compared to the prior generations of Carrier Ethernet routing offerings by more than doubling the switching capacity (up to 400 Gbps per line-card slot), optimizing power and cooling requirements, offering an innovative modular power architecture, incorporating a grounds-up High Availability design, and taking advantage of the Cisco IOS XR modular operating system to significantly lower the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for Service Providers the world over.