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Cisco Preps Stealth Switch

Light Reading
News Analysis
Light Reading
2/22/2002

Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) plans to introduce an optical switch with STS1 grooming this fall, according to a report by Deutsche Banc Alex Brown LLC analyst Raj Srikanth.

"The new product, which Cisco refers to as a multi-service switching platform (MSSP), will be able to switch STS-1s and be capable of data switching as well," Srikanth writes. The analyst's report cites Rob Koslowsky, the director of marketing for Cisco's optical networking group, as the Cisco manager who shared this information during a February 14 breakfast meeting with Srikanth.

"We believe that the product is, or will shortly have to be, in customer trials in order to meet the deadline of late fall general availability. Management indicated the late fall announcement will include customer deployments," Srikanth writes.

Srikanth writes that the new product will be a competitor to the CoreDirector from Ciena Corp. (Nasdaq: CIEN) and the nascent OPTera Connect HDX platform from Nortel Networks Corp. (NYSE/Toronto: NT).

But Light Reading has learned that the switch in question is a single-shelf system with 16 line cards for use in metro network applications. According to a source familiar with the product, the switch will aggregate traffic coming from the large installed base of Cisco's ONS 15454 Sonet add/drop mux.

Srikanth did not return a call seeking comment. Cisco repeatedly declined to comment on its product plans. And Koslowsky, through a spokesperson, refused to comment on his meeting with Srikanth.

Though Cisco hasn't publicly announced the product, a little more than a year ago, it told Light Reading that the switch was being developed in San Jose by Cisco engineers under the code name “The Manhattan Project” and that its official product name will be the ONS 15232 (see Cisco Preps New Optical Switch ).

Back then, Cisco denied that there was any trouble with its core optical switch, a product it cancelled a few weeks later (see Cisco Kills Monterey Router).

— Phil Harvey, Senior Editor, Light Reading
http://www.lightreading.com

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knave
knave
12/4/2012 | 10:54:03 PM
re: Cisco Preps Stealth Switch

the word on the street and I heard this several months back, that the new cisco product is homegrown. Tellium doesn't fit the description in this article.
dre
dre
12/4/2012 | 10:54:03 PM
re: Cisco Preps Stealth Switch

I heard it was a bunch of ONS 15454's
stuck together with gum and that they
would be calling it the "ONH, Optical
Network Hub". I guess you could call
that homegrown.
Light_Path
Light_Path
12/4/2012 | 10:54:03 PM
re: Cisco Preps Stealth Switch
Phil,

I know that you do not like Cisco at all. Your "reporting" should not show your overwhelming bias towards start-ups/advertisers for LR. With this new "Stealth Switch" Cisco will be able to fill in its missing piece of the optical puzzle. Just because a product is not the first to market, does not make it the worst. Sometimes later products are better, smaller, cheaper, and have more features. It has Cisco's name on it, so people know that it will be around after the dust settles.

Phil, with all of your "breaking news" research, couldn't you even find out if the new switch is home-grown or an acquisition? Guess not, you just simply read a Alex Brown report. Tough investigative researching...


It seems to me that with this new switch, Cisco will have equal or better optical products in Long Haul (15808), SONET ADM (15454), Edge/Access (15317) and STS-1 Core Switch (Stealth Switch). Add all of these up, throw in a market leading GSR, add some market leading catalyst switches, and presto....World's best end-to-end IP and Optical network.

If Cisco somehow can execute its optical plan they will have the best solution going.

If Cisco can equal Ciena, Lucent, Nortel, and Fujitsu in optics (they are getting closer) they win because they OWN the IP Core Router market.


LP
signmeup
signmeup
12/4/2012 | 10:54:02 PM
re: Cisco Preps Stealth Switch
Have some intel on this recently... The OHN was a bunch of 454's hubbed together to create a higher bandwidth crossconnect - just an interim sales strategy to keep current Cerent customers from looking elsewhere while they developed this switch.

It is an in-house developed product.. Capable of supporting many OC-48 / OC-192 connections using multiple shelves - 40Gig per slot. Cisco views Ciena CoreDirector as direct competition for this product.

Saw a presales presentation on it, so no I do not work for Cisco; however if they pull it together, look for a REALLY competitive price/port offering.
knave
knave
12/4/2012 | 10:54:02 PM
re: Cisco Preps Stealth Switch


beleive that was an old sales strat, but the new one is "real".......
jack_v
jack_v
12/4/2012 | 10:54:00 PM
re: Cisco Preps Stealth Switch
> the word on the street and I heard this
> several months back, that the new cisco
> product is homegrown. Tellium doesn't fit
> the description in this article.

Hey knave, are you the same knave who post this message?

> Now that we flogged the Monterrey and Pirelli
> ventures, let us Red Herring no more..
> having taken a good look at the current
> cisco product line and market penetration,
> the Brightlink has some very unique
> synergies which could/ would definately put
> a hurt on ciena and the old tree.
> hmmmmmmm at that point, how many optical
> groomers would be in the market???
> One wonders....
( http://www.lightreading.com/bo...

Now one wonders, again:
How much cash left in your bank account?
Are you going to tell your BOD to cut off your engineers (or yourself) next Tuesday?
knave is always a knave, creating false rumor (or false knave) is the only thing that he is good at.

God bless BL, Amen.
LRfan
LRfan
12/4/2012 | 10:53:57 PM
re: Cisco Preps Stealth Switch
What's your point?
lpthobserver
lpthobserver
12/4/2012 | 10:53:56 PM
re: Cisco Preps Stealth Switch


Any thoughts on the contribution that Lchip may have in Cisco's switch - 15232?

Thanks

lpthobserver
LRfan
LRfan
12/4/2012 | 10:53:56 PM
re: Cisco Preps Stealth Switch
dre you heard wrong.
LRfan
LRfan
12/4/2012 | 10:53:55 PM
re: Cisco Preps Stealth Switch
Any thoughts on the contribution that Lchip may have in Cisco's switch - 15232?

The "stealth switch" refered to in the
article is not the 15232.
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