All of that video streaming and social networking traffic is putting pressure on Internet providers to boost their capacity. Cisco Systems (Nasdaq: CSCO) is responding with its latest router offering.
Cisco recently forecast tremendous increases in data demand over the Internet.
The networking equipment company on Wednesday introduced the Carrier Routing System-X, or CRS-X. Cisco said the new system will offer speeds of 400 Gigabits per second that can be expanded to nearly 1 petabit per second in a multi-chassis deployment.
For comparison, the CRS-X provides 10 times the capacity of the original CRS-1 which made its debut in 2004. At that time, the CRS-1 was in a new class of routing equipment designed to give networks the capacity to accommodate the proliferation in video, data and mobile traffic.
Cisco said that the CRS-X will be available later this year.
The new equipment is expected to produce a big revenue boost for Cisco.
Since 2004, Cisco CRS sales have produced $8 billion in revenue, Reuters reported Cisco as saying.
“The CRS-X is the innovation we need to cross the $10 billion barrier,” Stephen Liu, director of service provider marketing for Cisco, told Reuters.
Reuters noted that Cisco reported total revenue of over $12 billion for its last quarter.
Verizon Wireless, and SoftBank Corp, which is seeking to buy Sprint, plan to buy the new router, Reuters noted.
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