Cisco Debuts Next Internet Strategy and Innovation
Cisco on Wednesday fleshed out its “Internet for the Future” strategy and technology innovation built on three core elements — silicon, optics and software. Based on the new and breakthrough Cisco Silicon One technology, a unified silicon architecture that serves anywhere in the network on any form factor, Cisco announced the 8000 Series platform that runs the new IOS XR7 operating system.
The vendor also announced new flexible business model options that give customers choice in how they consume the new technology to pursue their business and technology goals. Cisco’s R&D innovation for building the new internet has been underway for more than five years.
“What we’re trying to do is to create the backbone and foundation technology that is going to power the future implications of the internet, the things that we all care about,” Chuck Robbins, chairman and CEO at Cisco said in a live broadcast. “Great new solutions such as remote surgery, remote health care — it’s coming, it’s going to happen; autonomous vehicles — they’re coming, they’re going to happen; drone delivery — it’s coming, it’s going to happen; the amount of video that’s being used both personally and for business applications, for education, for interacting with your customers — this is all creating this incredible capacity issue on the internet as we know it today. In order to achieve this vision, we have to build an internet for what’s next.”
Cisco sees its job as making sure that internet connectivity worldwide remains seamless for the consumer and business. The bandwidth and traffic generated by 2022 is estimated to be equal to the aggregate internet traffic generated to date. Other numbers to justify what’s driving tomorrow’s internet: traffic doubling every 100 days; 49 billion devices connected to the internet by 2023; and 4.8 billion users, with the average person having 3.6 internet-connected devices with them.
What’s next, and what Cisco addressed in its latest innovations, is more capacity, faster speed, lower cost, agility, simplified operations and trust as the company delivers this technology. Any talk about the future internet must include 5G. Robbins noted that Cisco’s new innovations will enable 5G to realize its potential.
Cisco Silicon One, a new silicon platform, will be the foundation of Cisco’s routing portfolio going forward, with expected near-term performance availability up to 25 terabits per second (Tbps). This new networking chip is designed to be universally adaptable across service provider and web-scale markets, and it is designed for fixed and modular platforms. The first Cisco Silicon One Q100 model surpasses the 10 Tbps routing milestone for network bandwidth without sacrificing programmability, buffering, power efficiency, scale or feature flexibility, the company said.
Eyal Dagan, senior vice president, who leads all silicon development at Cisco, calls Cisco Silicon One “the holy grail of silicon.”
“You typically would like to build silicon that is optimized for one place, solving a particular problem. Building a single silicon that enables all – access, core, edge – the solution has to shine and be the best in any one of those market segments, you need to master everything. And,that’s what we tried to do,” said Dagan.
Cisco talks about Silicon One as a clean-sheet architecture, a single network ASIC, that will power digital innovation for the next several decades.
For customers, Cisco Silicon One and the devices based on it solve complexity with a single architecture. Benefits to customers include: one experience, development simplification and operational simplification.
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