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Cisco NCS designed to power ‘Internet of Everything’

With Internet traffic rapidly growing amid new waves of cloud, mobile, video and machine-to-machine applications, Cisco Systems Inc. this week introduced the Cisco Network Convergence System (NCS), a network fabric line it says is designed to...


September 26, 2013  


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With Internet traffic rapidly growing amid new waves of cloud, mobile, video and machine-to-machine applications, Cisco Systems Inc. this week introduced the Cisco Network Convergence System (NCS), a network fabric line it says is designed to serve as the “foundation of a massively scalable, smarter and more adaptable Internet.”

The system’s programmability and virtualization capabilities enable service providers to accelerate the transition to software defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV), Cisco said in a release.

It is also designed to enable service providers to accommodate growing network traffic and “seize the opportunity created by trillions of programmable device-driven events generated by the Internet of Everything (IoE), the networked connection of people, data, processes and things.”

The IoE requires networks to scale not only bandwidth, but also compute and control functions to manage policies and to program responses with precise results in the expected timeframe.

The Cisco NCS family consists of:

* NCS 6000, which is now shipping, contains the “industry’s first” 1 Tbps line card and the capability of transporting up to 5 Tbps per slot and 1.2 Pbps per system, to support a converged IP and optical environment.

* NCS 4000, which will ship in the first half of 2014 and  support 400 Gbps per slot and 6.4 Terabits per system and be available in single, back-to-back, and multi-chassis configurations. It will also support optical transport network (OTN), dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM), SONET and Ethernet applications.

* NCS 2000, which is also now shipping, connects DWDM transport networks at rates of 100 Gbps and beyond and supports dynamic network configurability with 96-channel, next-generation intelligent ROADM capabilities.