​Cisco Preps Cloud-Scale Networking for Traffic Hike

According to the latest Cisco Global Cloud Index total global data centre traffic will triple by the end of 2019 (from 3.4 to 10.4 Zettabytes), and 83 percent of total data centre traffic will come from the cloud by 2019 (up from 61 percent in 2014). Cisco is using these jaw-dropping predictions to promote its new cloud-scale networking solutions.

Innovations to the Cisco IOS XR network operating system are said to enable traditional and web service providers to converge their data centres and wide area network (WAN) architectures, by making networks more programmable, and by enabling tighter integration with popular IT configuration and management tools.

The capabilities are claimed to enable service providers to run their networks at half the total cost of ownership (over five years), and to essentially double network efficiency and performance.

“Service providers are looking to leverage the operational best practices established in massively scalable computing environments and marry them with their own networking reach to compete and innovate faster,” said Kelly Ahuja, SVP of Cisco’s service provider segment. “With this announcement, Cisco is leading the industry toward cloud-scale networking, converging the data centre and WAN and delivering new levels of speed, automation and simplicity. We feel this a real game-changer that will help service providers of all types in their digitisation journeys, enabling them to operate their networks in near real-time while dramatically increasing operational efficiency.”

“The network is cloud computing’s final frontier, at technology, people and process levels,” said Laurent Lachal, senior analyst, infrastructure solutions – software group, Ovum. “It needs to be built for scale and ruthlessly automated, to deliver the right service on demand, and to rely on tools and technologies that enable network specialists to effectively interact with the rest of the IT team as well as business users. Cisco’s software-centric approach enables businesses to capture the digitization opportunity and conquer this final frontier.”

Cisco is also announcing the availability of three additions to the Cisco Network Convergence System (NCS) Series routing portfolio. This includes the NCS 5000 Series, which delivers up to 40-80 10GE ports and 4 100GE ports and the NCS 1000 which supports 100/200/250Gb wavelengths over distances exceeding 3000 km with existing fibre.

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