Cisco Systems has announced the major advancement in Internet networking: the Cisco CRS-3 Carrier Routing System (CRS), designed to serve as the foundation of the next-generation Internet and set the pace for the astonishing growth of video transmission, mobile devices and new online services through this decade and beyond.
The key impetus for its development is keeping pace with the growing demand for video, which Cisco calls today’s “killer app.”
To put the power of this router (which will be used by service providers as part of the internet backbone) in perspective, it delivers 322 terabits per second. e.g. This speed translates into the entire printed collection of the Library of Congress being downloaded in a second.
With more than 12 times the traffic capacity of the nearest competing system, The CRS-3 is at the heart of this technology. This is the newest version of what is known as Carrier Routing System 1 – which is one of the largest production routers.
Cisco expects that the Cisco CRS-3 Carrier Routing System will be available in final release in the third quarter of this year with the price tag of $90,000 U.S. [CiscoSystems via PCMag and StreetInside]