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Cisco's CRS-1 Charms C&W

got another boost for the CRS-1 core router with the announcement of as a customer last week, but the win wasn't as big a boost as it could have been.

It was exactly half as big as it could have been, actually, since the CRS-1s being deployed by C&W are the half-size variety, according to a Cisco spokesman in Europe. Cisco introduced the eight-slot CRS-1 in December, seven months after the 16-slot, full-blown version of the router was launched (see C&W Uses Cisco's CRS-1 and Cisco Scores CRS-1 Customers).

C&W says it will use the CRS-1 in the core of its next-generation network, with initial plans to deploy 15 of the boxes. At $450,000 per router -- assuming no fancy discounts -- that would be a $6.75 million investment. C&W is a nice feather in Cisco's cap, but it would have been nice to have the full-scale CRS-1s deployed. One CRS-1 aspect customers aren't exploiting is the router's size, as the boxes can be linked up by the dozens to form one huge virtual router.

Cisco tailored this feature for telecom carriers that want equipment to stay in place for decades -- although, even before the system launched, analysts were expecting a half-sized CRS-1 to show up (see Cisco Unveils the HFR).

At least Cisco got a customer to pinpoint the number of CRS-1s being used. Service providers such as Softbank BB Corp., , and have been announced as CRS-1 customers but haven't specified the size of their deployments. Other big names such as Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) have only announced trials. (See Cisco, Sprint Renew Vows, Swisscom Chooses Cisco's CRS-1, and Cisco Scores CRS-1 Customers.)

All told, the CRS-1 has lined up 22 customers committed to using the box and another 14 in trials, Cisco CEO John Chambers told analysts earlier this month.

Other big-name carriers could be adding to the CRS-1 tally soon. Analyst Steve Kamman of CIBC World Markets thinks Softbank is bringing in more CRS-1s for connections in and out of Tokyo. "We believe Softbank alone is likely to be deploying an additional 20 new routers" during the next few quarters, Kamman wrote in a report last month.

The half-sized core-router strategy is hardly new. Avici Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: AVCI; Frankfurt: BVC7) sells half- and quarter-sized versions of its TSR router, and has the smaller T320 to complement its T640. (See Avici Intros Tiny TSR, Avici's Incredible Shrinking Router, and Juniper Shrinks Its SuperCore Router.)

Both vendors are challenging Cisco on the multichassis front as well. Avici's TSR has always been able to run in multichassis configurations. And Juniper last year unveiled the TX Matrix, which allows the linking of multiple T640 routers.

The T-series has been logging some mileage of its own, with its 1,000th box being deployed at KT last month (see Juniper Unveils the TX and Juniper Reaches Milestone ).

— Craig Matsumoto, Senior Editor, Light Reading

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Stevery 12/5/2012 | 3:02:58 AM
re: Cisco's CRS-1 Charms C&W Craig: Do you know if these shipped with OC-768?
Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 3:02:58 AM
re: Cisco's CRS-1 Charms C&W Actually, I wouldn't be surprised if a pretty high percentage of CRS-1s shipped turned out to be the 8-slot model. That's the one that was supposed to be more practical in the short term, yes?
Honestly 12/5/2012 | 3:02:56 AM
re: Cisco's CRS-1 Charms C&W Craig, how many of the 22 customers are really using the CRS, or more than 1 for more than lab work.? Seems that Cisco, nor customers will talk.

Rumor had it that there is silicon heating problems as well as the CRS not making benchmarks in BT testing for 21c. It really sounds like the CRS is not what they hoped in terms of slowing Juniper core sales dowm and re-establishing themselves as a technology leader. CRS has shipped for more than a year and it is really not changing the telco world.

Interesting.
desiEngineer 12/5/2012 | 3:02:55 AM
re: Cisco's CRS-1 Charms C&W Honestly: "Rumor had it that ...

Interesting."

That's nice. You start a rumor and find it interesting :-)

-desi

tsat 12/5/2012 | 3:02:54 AM
re: Cisco's CRS-1 Charms C&W
Anyone that does not fear the CRS is stupid. Never underestmate Cisco.
zher 12/5/2012 | 3:02:53 AM
re: Cisco's CRS-1 Charms C&W "Craig, how many of the 22 customers are really using the CRS, or more than 1 for more than lab work.? Seems that Cisco, nor customers will talk.

Rumor had it that there is silicon heating problems as well as the CRS not making benchmarks in BT testing for 21c. It really sounds like the CRS is not what they hoped in terms of slowing Juniper core sales dowm and re-establishing themselves as a technology leader. CRS has shipped for more than a year and it is really not changing the telco world.

Interesting."

Do you know how long the carriers normally test the core devices, especiall brand new ones before they roll them out?
Honestly 12/5/2012 | 3:02:53 AM
re: Cisco's CRS-1 Charms C&W Yes, and according to Cisco its been over 24 months. Another point to make ace.? No rumor boyz, the Crash-1 is semi junk
Honestly 12/5/2012 | 3:02:52 AM
re: Cisco's CRS-1 Charms C&W Yes, and according to Cisco its been over 24 months. Another point to make ace.? No rumor boyz, the Crash-1 is semi junk
routingfool 12/5/2012 | 3:02:52 AM
re: Cisco's CRS-1 Charms C&W i have been testing the 1/2 CRS-1 in my lab for the past 2 months, outside of a few cosmetic bugs, mostly with the cli, I haven't be able to crash this box, but I still working my way through this testplan. So far I no major issues

- fool
chook0 12/5/2012 | 3:02:51 AM
re: Cisco's CRS-1 Charms C&W In terms of the lifecycle of these boxes, the CRS is new and still half-baked. Way too early to judge if it is the panacea or if it is trash. Everything I've seen on it suggests it is progressing normally. Lack of lower-speed interfaces is its biggest problem at the moment. To build a real network you still need GSRs, which means you still need two kinds of box with two kinds of operating system. And one of those boxes *is* rubbish in this day and age.

--Chook

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Craig, how many of the 22 customers are really using the CRS, or more than 1 for more than lab work.? Seems that Cisco, nor customers will talk.

Rumor had it that there is silicon heating problems as well as the CRS not making benchmarks in BT testing for 21c. It really sounds like the CRS is not what they hoped in terms of slowing Juniper core sales dowm and re-establishing themselves as a technology leader. CRS has shipped for more than a year and it is really not changing the telco world.
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