New Cisco edge router coming, analyst reports

New edge router will eventually support throughput of around 5Tbps to 7Tbps, yet is likely to deliver less than 1Tbps initially, Oppenheimer & Co. predicts

Cisco is expected to unveil a new service provider edge router on November 11 that's likely to succeed its aging 7600 series Ethernet platforms, according to an analyst's report.

Oppenheimer & Co. last week released a bulletin to investors stating that, "based on our checks," it expects Cisco to introduce a new edge router platform in mid-November. Cisco has issued alerts to the media about an announcement on November 11 that introduces "fraction-of-a-second" performance for a service provider product optimized for video and mobile data.

"We believe the platform will take on the ASR name (ASR X000) but will be materially different OS and feature-wise than the previously announced ASR 1000" for enterprises, states the Oppenheimer bulletin, authored by analyst Ittai Kidron.

Cisco was not immediately available for comment.

Oppenheimer believes the ultimate capacity of the new edge router will exceed that of Juniper's MX-series Ethernet routers, "yet we expect the initial capabilities to be sub-par, and we think it will take Cisco some time until the edge features fully develop."

"We view the announcement as the beginning of a two-to-three-year new edge-router family product cycle meant to replace the aging 7600 and possibly 12000," the bulletin states. "We believe the announcement is important for Cisco's competitive position."

The new router, which will be introduced in two slot configurations, will eventually support throughput of around 5Tbps to 7Tbps, yet is likely to deliver less than 1Tbps initially, just below Juniper's MX capabilities, Kidron states in the bulletin.

The new edge router will use Cisco's CRS-1 IOS-XR operating system and not the IOS-XE, which is used with the ASR 1000, he states.

"We believe this would likely put the new router at a feature disadvantage relative to Juniper's MX given that the IOS-XR has yet to fully support edge features," Kidron adds.

Oppenheimer believes the new router will be using Cisco's new multicore QuantumFlow processor, which is designed to enable multiple service deliveries, faster development of features and easier code portability.

"This point is important given the initial feature 'light' nature of Cisco's new router and will add credibility to Cisco's ability to deliver on its future road map," Kidron states in his bulletin.

The firm views the new router as a strategic weapon to fend off Carrier Ethernet incursions from Juniper and Alcatel-Lucent.

"We view the new edge-router announcement as a first in providing more clarity to the company's edge-router strategy. Cisco is likely to heavily promote the new router to slow down its competition."

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags ciscorouter

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Jim Duffy

Network World
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?