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Cisco Advances Global Routing Leadership with New Cisco 7200 Router Products


Cisco sets industry first with new levels of services aggregation for customers demanding increased performance and flexibility with the most widely deployed WAN aggregation router.

INTEROP 2006, LAS VEGAS, May 1, 2006 - Cisco Systems today announced three new products for the Cisco® 7200 Series Routers, delivering wide-area network (WAN) and metropolitan-area network (MAN) services aggregation with a unique combination of scalability, value, performance and flexibility. The new products help ensure that customers meet the increasing requirements of headquarters locations for power, security and capacity, driven by integrated services such as advanced security, voice and video deployed by branch offices.
The new Cisco 7200 Network Processing Engine (NPE-G2), Cisco 7200 VPN Services Adapter (VSA), and Cisco 7200 Port Adapter Jacket Card set a new benchmark for highly secure services aggregation routing at optical carrier-3 (OC-3) and gigabit Ethernet (GE) speeds.

“The continued global success of the Cisco 7200 Series Routers lies in Cisco’s ability to continue to innovate with new products that keep ahead of customer needs,” said Joel Conover from research firm Current Analysis. “With the introduction of these new products, Cisco solidifies its leadership in the routing space by providing Cisco 7200 customers with a multitude of service options while increasing power and flexibility, setting them up for future business demands.”

More Secure, Powerful, Flexible and Scalable Services Aggregation

Services integration into the Cisco 7200 Series Routers helps customers reduce operating costs and simplify installation, maintenance and network management. In addition, the ability to add advanced services without the need for forklift upgrades protects the customer’s original investment.

The Cisco 7200 NPE-G2 is the newest routing engine for the Cisco 7200VXR chassis. With double the performance for multiple services from previous generations and full Cisco IOS® Software feature support, the Cisco 7200 NPE-G2 has the highest performance and scalability within the family of network processing engines. Additional features include threat defense, highly secure virtual private network (VPN) connectivity, network admission control and voice/IP-to-IP gateway functions.

The Cisco 7200 VSA is a VPN hardware acceleration module that can provide up to triple performance improvement when combined with the Cisco 7200 NPE-G2 card. This increased performance supports large-scale IPsec aggregation architectures and more secure Cisco IOS Software connectivity.

To meet the increasing needs of flexibility and capacity, the Cisco 7200 Port Adapter Jacket Card addresses the demand for additional slot density. The I/O slot can now hold a single port adapter for additional capacity on systems with the Cisco 7200 NPE-G1 and later Network Processing Engine. This provides a cost-effective way to increase the slot density in parallel with the increased switching capacity of the newest engine-the Cisco 7200 NPE-G2.

Customers Seek Optimized IP Services Aggregation

With more than 330,000 installations worldwide, the Cisco 7200 Series Routers continues to power the enterprise and service provider networks with new cutting-edge innovations. These enhancements to the Cisco 7200 Series Routers are extremely popular with customers who desire platforms with flexibility, scalability and investment protection.

Wachovia Bank, one of the largest banking and full-service brokerages in the United States, provides services to more than 15 million households and businesses. Wachovia provides a wide mix of transactions from automated teller machines (ATM) to brokerage services to mortgage loans.

“At Wachovia, it is essential to maintain a high level of service for our customers. To keep up with new technology and continue to improve our customer experiences, we need a highly scalable and versatile network that can evolve with increasing network and services demands,” says John Burns, vice president of network services at Wachovia. “With the Cisco 7200 router, we can add dimensions and scale to increasing performance and services needs without having to replace the platform. This saves us training and deployment costs when replacing a network. The ability to evolve the network and extend our original investments with our needs has saved us millions of dollars.”

Architectural Approach Grows with Changing Business Needs

Cisco provides aggregation customers with architectures based on proven Cisco 7200 deployments. As part of the Cisco Service Oriented Networking Architecture (SONA), these scalable architectures help customers decrease deployment times and design overhead costs while integrating services such as security, voice and video into WAN and MAN infrastructures. Cisco also offers Cisco Lifecycle Services to help customers with ongoing network operation and optimization services. The architectures combined with customer services help enable IT organizations better support and scale to changing business needs, and drive overall business growth and efficiency.

Cisco Product Pricing, Availability and More Information

Cisco Product | List Pricing | Availability
Cisco 7200 Series Network Processing Engine | $19,000 | May 2006
Cisco 7200 VPN Services Adapter | $15,000 | CY06H2
Cisco 7200 Port Adapter Jacket Card | $1,250 | Now

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