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jamesbond
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12/4/2012 | 9:46:06 PM
re: Cisco Launches Metro Switch
isn't this what Polaris is doing? If so, who is
going to acquire Polaris now? Ciena?
wilecoyote
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wilecoyote,
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12/4/2012 | 9:46:05 PM
re: Cisco Launches Metro Switch
Yeah, but will it matter? CSCO is HATED by the RBOCs.

Still you have to applaud the fact that CSCO finally got something going and developed/delivered with internal engineering resources. Hardly home grown, looks more like the Frankenstein of metro God boxes, but it's a start.
lilgatsby
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12/4/2012 | 9:46:05 PM
re: Cisco Launches Metro Switch
CIENA's CoreDirector has years of field experience and owns this market with around 55%, but this appears to be the first real product that might offer some competition. It is lagging in a few areas out of the gate, but could prove for an interesting race in the long-run. Let's just hope Monteray people didn't touch this design too much...

15600
* 320Gb shelf all available until late 2003
(1/2 capacity of CD)
* Mesh? Did I miss this?
* If ports are 4:1 then this is a limited design from a modular view
* Virtual ring support? Or is it bound by physical topology? Didn't see mention anywhere.
* GMPLS?
* 32 x OC-192 or 128 x OC-48, any other software selectable speeds (OC-3/12?) (Again, 1/2 CD)

lg
red1969
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red1969,
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12/4/2012 | 9:46:04 PM
re: Cisco Launches Metro Switch
Jeez! Unlike who?? Juniper, Ciena??? C'mon get real will you.


Cisco, which often innovates by acquisition, says this particular product was developed 100 percent by Cisco hands. Of course, some of the Cisco hands that developed the hardware came from Cisco when it acquired Monterey Networks, a failed core optical switch maker. Many of the other hands came to Cisco from Cerent, where a good bit of the ONS 15600 software code was initially authored.
netskeptic
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12/4/2012 | 9:46:02 PM
re: Cisco Launches Metro Switch
What about granularity of the flows ?

Thanks,

Netskeptic
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12/4/2012 | 9:46:00 PM
re: Cisco Launches Metro Switch
netskeptic writes:

> What about granularity of the flows ?

if they're positioning it against the
coredirector, then STS-1.

jamesbond writes:

> isn't this what Polaris is doing?

per the recent release, the polaris
offering scales to 2T and is able to
cross-connect at VT1.5 granularity.
in theory, the polaris box would
make a nice scalable front-end to
the announced cisco box for grooming
backhauled legacy voice, particularly
for applications where the cerrent
box (should it survive) doesn't
provide enough cross-connect
capacity or compelling economics.

SiO2

edgecore
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12/4/2012 | 9:46:00 PM
re: Cisco Launches Metro Switch

The 15600 is a combination of ADM and crossconnect...aren't all optical grooming switches a combination of those two products?

Ciena
HDX
Corvis

Let me know...EC
Belzebutt
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12/4/2012 | 9:45:59 PM
re: Cisco Launches Metro Switch
How is this a multiservice switch? I thought multiservices switches generally do ATM, IP and other stuff. This seems like a combo cross-connect/ADM.
belas_knap
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12/4/2012 | 9:45:58 PM
re: Cisco Launches Metro Switch

How is this a multiservice switch? I thought multiservices switches generally do ATM, IP and other stuff. This seems like a combo cross-connect/ADM.
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good point- from what I've seen, they've only announced the SONET/SDH part of the switch. But in presentations they show not only the STS-1 switching for SONET but also GigE and DWDM in the same platform. If the release strategy follows the other 15000 products, expect to see this by Christmas.
hitekeng
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12/4/2012 | 9:45:58 PM
re: Cisco Launches Metro Switch
With 384 2.5G's per rack and the switching core, it is more like a glorified HDX+OM3500 combo for those of you familiar with the Nortel lingo. It would also be a cerent's ONS15454 + Ciena's CoreDirector. If it lives up to its hype and is fully OSMINE'd by March, then god have mercy (as even their GigE services may be OSMINE-compliant under Telcordia's NCON)...
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