Volpi was giving an update on Cisco's service provider business, including its progress with the CRS-1 Carrier Routing System. This core router, released in May, represents the next generation of Cisco's service provider offerings, with a new operating system and the ability to link multiple chassis into one virtual router (see Cisco Unveils the HFR).
As part of his update, Volpi cited test results recently published by Light Reading "which has historically been a pretty tough publication in terms of their view towards Cisco," Volpi said.
Us? Tough? Really? [Ed. note: Well, we did write Cisco's Other Expansion Strategy, Cisco's Optical Customers Face Delays, Cisco Circles the Wagons in Texas, Cisco: We're Not Talking, and Temperance at Cisco, to name a few.] A recent test of the CRS-1 seems to leave us looking rosy, though. Light Reading commissioned the European Advanced Networking Test Center AG (EANTC) to run the router through its paces, testing the OC768 (40-Gbit/s) interfaces and various aspects of Internet Protocol (IP) routing, among other features. In the end, the CRS-1 passed with flying colors (see Cisco's CRS-1 Passes Our Test and the 40-Gig Router Test Results).
Volpi said Cisco was confident enough to subject the CRS-1 to "some pretty hard tests" and used the Light Reading trial as his example. He told the audience, "This is not vaporware. This is the real thing" -- then paused to let them drink in the presentation slide featuring a Light Reading quotation about the CRS-1 being the "next milestone in router performance and stability."
Cisco's big news regarding the CRS-1 came out Monday, when the company made its first formal declaration of paying customers including Softbank. More names continue to roll in, Cisco claims. "It's not even worth counting them because every week we add a new one," Volpi says (see Cisco Scores CRS-1 Customers).
In fact, two customers got added to the CRS-1 fan club between Monday's press release and Tuesday's presentations. One of the two was Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT), which is the first customer to use the CRS-1 in its multichassis implementation, according to Suraj Shetty, director of marketing for Cisco's routing technology group.
Cisco also has completed customer shipments of the half-sized CRS-1, an eight-slot box announced Monday, Volpi says.
— Craig Matsumoto, Senior Editor, Light Reading
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