Cisco Introduces the Cisco XR 12000 Series Routers for IP Next-Generation Networks
Cisco IOS XR delivers highly secure virtualization, continuous system operation, and multiservice scale to accelerate network convergence
SAN JOSE, Calif., April 18, 2005 - Cisco Systems ® today introduced the Cisco XR 12000 Series routers, which represents the combination of the Cisco Internetworking Operating System (IOS) XR software with the proven market-leading capabilities of the Cisco 12000 Series routers. This extends the Cisco Internet Protocol Next-Generation Network (IP NGN) strategy that fosters network convergence and extends investment protection for service providers.
As with the Cisco CRS-1 Carrier Routing System, the Cisco XR 12000 Series 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 via In Service Software Upgrades (ISSU), built-in reliability, and uptime.
BellSouth Corporation, a Fortune 100 communications company headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia and a parent company of Cingular Wireless, is currently evaluating the Cisco XR 12000.
"The modular design of the software in the Cisco XR 12000 could enhance our ability to maintain service levels and performance," said Mike Duckett, research director - BellSouth Science and Technology. "We are pleased with Cisco\'s plans to make the Cisco XR 12000 carrier class. This redesign, we believe, is critical to reducing the risk of feature introduction and increasing scalability and reliability."
Another customer who is experiencing the benefits of IOS XR and the Cisco XR 12000 is the China Education and Research Network (CERNET). As the first nationwide education and research computer network in China, CERNET\'s goal is to deliver next-generation Internet applications that support more than 900 education and research institutions worldwide.
"As such, we have asked our router vendors for a fully modular software architecture that enables each routing protocol and other applications to run independently from one another," said Professor Li, Chief Technology Officer of CERNET. "For two months we have run the Cisco XR 12000 with IOS XR in our live network and we are pleased with the results demonstrated during this deployment."
KDDI Labs, the research and development subsidiary of KDDI Corporation, has also been testing the Cisco XR 12000 in its lab.
"KDDI is planning to build a ubiquitous network for broadband and narrowband and as such network reliability is critical," said Dr.Tomohiro Otani, senior research engineer at KDDI Labs. "In our evaluation of the IOS XR software on the Cisco 12000 platform, Cisco demonstrated great progress towards a cross platform, next-generation software architecture that gives IP networking utility-like simplicity and reliability."