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Cisco 12000 Series Routing Platform Hits $10 Billion in 10 Years


Industry-Leading Multiservice IP Next-Generation Network Edge Platform Widely Adopted as Basis of Advanced Business and Residential Service Delivery Infrastructures

SAN JOSE, Calif.- Cisco® today announced that its 12000 Series Router, a core component of the Cisco IP Next-Generation Network architecture, has surpassed the $10 billion revenue mark, a testament to its value as a multiservice edge platform for the world’s leading service providers. With more than 35,000 systems installed globally since its introduction in September 1997, the Cisco 12000 Series is one of the industry’s most sophisticated Internet Protocol/Multiprotocol Label Switching (IP/MPLS) service delivery platforms.

“One of the hallmarks of a successful service provider routing platform is the vendor’s ability to keep pace with customer demand through continuous innovation and support for new services and network functions,” said Mark Bieberich, vice president, Yankee Group. “The Cisco 12000 Series is a clear example of a product that has proven its utility in an impressive range of multiservice edge and core routing environments.”

The Cisco 12000 Series represents the industry’s most intelligent routing solutions to service-enable providers’ IP/MPLS core and edge networks. The 12000 Series uses state-of-the-art silicon and software technologies, delivering uncompromising routing performance, unparalleled quality of service (QoS) capabilities, comprehensive high-availability support and an integrated core and edge feature set. With a fully upgradable, modular switch fabric, the Cisco 12000 Series helps protect investments and lowers total cost of ownership.

Like the Cisco CRS-1 Carrier Routing System, the Cisco XR 12000 Series, the latest version of the platform which was launched in 2005, is powered by Cisco IOS® XR Software, the industry’s first fully-modular, self-healing operating system designed specifically for carrier-class routing platforms that can scale and distribute processing. Cisco IOS XR Software allows customers unmatched flexibility in terms of adding new features or patches through In-Service Software Upgrades (ISSU), built-in reliability and uptime.

The XR 12000 Series offers virtualization combined with industry-leading security, continuous system operation and multiservice scale in a portfolio of intelligent routing solutions that scale from 2.5-Gbps/slot to 40-Gbps/slot capacity, enabling next-generation IP/MPLS networks. Recent enhancements include integration of route-aware firewall and video/voice session border control (SBC) functionality for Cisco TelePresence and other advanced applications. These innovations build on the platform’s highly-secure resource virtualization and continuous systems operation to enable the delivery of multiple services over a single, converged IP infrastructure.

“We are very pleased with the rate of adoption for the 12000 Series Routing platform, which serves as the flagship of the Cisco IP NGN edge portfolio, and upon which providers worldwide are increasingly delivering their most advanced and critical business services,” said Tony Bates, senior vice president and general manager of the service provider technology group at Cisco. “The number of providers who have deployed the platform, and the myriad of inventive and highly advanced applications they have deployed it as the basis of are outstanding, and we look forward to working with them to further develop this and the other carrier-class solutions that make up the Cisco IP NGN architecture.”

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