Cisco Announcement: Forever change the internet, The CRS 3?
Cisco Announcement: Forever change the internet: The CRS3 Router
The big Cisco news announcement that claimed would forever change the internet turns out to be the release of - drum roll please - a new Cisco router, the CRS-3.
While the hype machine may have failed to deliver something truly revolutionary, Cisco's announcement is still significant. The new router offers 12 times the traffic capacity than its older-generation routers offer. It's three times faster than the older CRS-1, which was introduced in 2004. And it can handle 322 terabits of traffic per second, or simultaneous video calls for every person in China, the company said.
Cisco is preparing for the next generation of products and services that are beginning to drive the internet - specifically video. Cisco calls it Tele-presence or high speed, high quality video conferencing. Right now this sort of technology is available to corporations who shell out big bucks .
The company also said that AT&T recently tested the CRS-3 in a successful completion of a field trial of 100-Gigabit backbone network technology. The CRS-3 is currently in other field trials.
In a Webcast announcement, CEO John Chambers talked about how changing needs drive this demand. This is about meeting the needs of a future generation of users, today’s kids who already see video and communications as part of our connected lives..
The CRS-3 routers cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and the main customers will likely be large scale Internet Service Providers (ISP's). While changing the plumbing of the internet is not exciting stuff, it is important.