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dwx,
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9/28/2013 | 10:38:41 PM
Re: Cisco NCS's origins
Not to pick on your comment specifically, but I'm not sure why people are attaching the terms NFV and SDN to this stuff. It's a big packet optical system meant for core routing and transport. The benefits being combining the components through cheaper interconnects and managing the system is less complex. The virtualization benefits are mainly around issu and zero packet loss switchover. There is no more control plane forwarding plane separation than any other router made in the last several years.
saikat.prabhakar
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9/27/2013 | 2:55:11 PM
UCS on steroids
We can say...its Cisco UCS on steroids with Cisco OS running in the VM's...and ain't it obvious that we are going to see many such solutions from Cisco in near future...
yarn
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9/27/2013 | 12:15:04 PM
Re: NFV according to Cisco’s NCS
Mukluk, I think it's a giant leap for Cisco but a small step for mankind:-)
RolfSperber
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9/27/2013 | 11:05:03 AM
Re: Not generic
Hi, to be a bit more precise, it is a building block model as promoted by Prof. Mueller, University of Kaiserslautern (see " A building block interaction model for flexible future internet architectures" Kaiserslautern 2011). I used the term App to be a bit more on the popular side. Howerver, these building blocks must have standardized interfaces (a friend of mine used the term receptor from biology) to either define a workflow (e.g. encryption/decryption <-> infrastructure <-> encryption /decryption) or an attached service. This is something we are going to test while proceeding with the 400 G /1T demonstrator between Dresden and Munich. See Eddie Beiers Blog on 400 GBit/s demonstrator.
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yarn,
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9/27/2013 | 9:18:57 AM
Re: Not generic
Hey Rolf, That's a very interesting model and you could argue that for consumer devices it is already in place: Apps like WhatsApp, Skype and Viber are really NFV apps. But service providers will require more due dilligence and regression testing to make sure a new NFV app plays nicely with all the others before admitting it to their network/Datacenter. Btw, I don't see why equipment suppliers would be less eligible then others to make NFV apps. It's a bit like game console vendors that port their titles for a generic PC environment as well. This doesn't have to be a conflict of interests. Some content may be exclusive on the console for a while, or run better on the specialized console hardware, but if there's money to be made in porting it to other, neutral platforms, why not do it?
RolfSperber
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9/27/2013 | 4:51:39 AM
Not generic
Hi, it is a step in the right direction, but so far I cannot see how NFV is going to work with functions offered by other suppliers. The approach will have to be far more generic, the functions have to be somewhat like apps to be downloaded from an appstore. We, that is a group from University of Dresden, Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg and others are working on such an approach.
Mukluk
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9/26/2013 | 1:56:32 PM
NFV according to Cisco’s NCS
NFV according to Cisco's NCS:

Before: router functions run on a Cisco CRS

After: router functions run on a VM inside a Cisco NCS

 

Progress???
Craig Matsumoto
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9/25/2013 | 10:43:42 AM
Cisco NCS's origins
Side note: The NCS 6000 is essentially the CTR core router with a lot of SDN attached.

CTR is the would-be successor to the CRS line. Light Reading broke the story back in May after someone kindly tipped off an enterprising young reporter: 

http://www.lightreading.com/document.asp?doc_id=702949
Dredgie
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9/24/2013 | 11:12:15 PM
Re: Really its just CDN
Is it an NFV position? Or is it simply control and forwarding plane separation? Clearly looks like the latter to me - which is a path to NFV.... but a long windy one. 
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9/24/2013 | 10:02:00 PM
Re: Really its just CDN
Having talked to Cisco a bit before the live announcement, I admit to getting lost in their web of innocuous-sounding branded concepts--the Internet of Everything, the Evolved Programmable Network, the Unified Computing System, etc. It sort makes me want to trademark the Words in This Sentence (TM) before Cisco does. In any case, any sort of vision for a programmable network is certainly not Cisco's alone, and has been around in one form or another for at least 15 years.
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