Cisco unveils high-traffic routers

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Cisco unveils high-traffic routers
An older model Cisco router.

Cisco is unveiling a new line of routers designed to handle high demand data loads: up to 100Mbps speeds, capable of serving some 1.2 million separate, simultaneous video streams.

The company claims that its ASR 9000 series routers will be among the first to enable networks to stream large data loads on a massive scale, enabling IP networks to handle such tasks as streaming HD video.

The router is designed to serve as the 'edge' aggregation services router for networks which are built around the previously-announced CRS-1 routing system. Together, the system is designed to improve both the speed and efficiency for streaming HD-video and other high-demand data laods.

According to Cisco, the routers can serve data at speeds of up to 100Mbps and have the capacity to serve some 1.2 million separate high-definition video streams at the same time.

"This platform is designed for IP [network] transformation and will be used as the carrier ethernet transport foundation for video and mobility data growth, " said Pankaj Patel, senior vice president and general manager of Cisco's service provider technology group.

"The Cisco ASR 9000 has been specifically optimized to deliver video and rich media better than any other platform on the market."

The company expects to formally release the new system in early 2009 at a starting price of $80,000.

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