Cisco Debuts the $1M Interface
List prices for routing linecards have reached the million-dollar range: Recently circulated prices for the CRS-1 show Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) is the first to break that lofty barrier.
Sources say Cisco's price list now includes a $1.03 million entry for a four-port OC192 card for the CRS-1, Cisco's next-generation core router launched in May (see Cisco Unveils the HFR). That's for intermediate-reach (15km) optics; a similar card for very short reach (300m) runs just $330,000.
It's not the linecard and optics themselves that cost $1 million, Cisco officials say. Rather, a spokesman says the $1 million represents the total price to install a quad OC192, including extras such as I/O and a $250,000 license for the new IOS XR software -- which, incidentally, is quite a markup from the $10,000 charged for IOS.
Given that a single-port OC192 card sells for a couple hundred thousand dollars, the price isn't out of line with what others are charging, including Cisco for its own GSR 12000 platform, the spokesman says.
The importance of the list price is debatable anyway, as customers enjoy discounts of varying sorts.
— Craig Matsumoto, Senior Editor, Light Reading