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The new platforms are architected to enable the next phase of branch-office evolution, providing rich media collaboration and virtualization to the branch while maximizing operational cost savings The Integrated Services Routers Generation 2 platforms are future-enabled with multi-core CPUs, support for high capacity DSPs Digital Signal Processors for future enhanced video capabilities, high powered service modules with improved availability, Gigabit Ethernet switching with enhanced POE, and new energy monitoring and control capabilities while enhancing overall system performance.
Overall, the Cisco Series offer unparalleled total cost of ownership savings and network agility through the intelligent integration of market leading security, unified communications, wireless, and application services.
Cisco Series builds on the best-in-class offering of the existing Cisco Series Integrated Services Routers by offering four platforms Figure 1 : the Cisco , , , and Integrated Services Routers.
All Cisco Series Integrated Services Routers offer embedded hardware encryption acceleration, voice- and video-capable Digital Signal Processor DSP slots, optional firewall, intrusion prevention, call processing, voicemail, and application services. Designed for scalability, the modular architecture of these platforms enables you to grow and adapt with your business needs.
Table 1 lists the business benefits of the Cisco Series. Table 1. Services Integration. Services On Demand. High Performance with Integrated Services.
Network Agility. Investment Protection. The modular architecture is designed to support increasing bandwidth requirements, Time-Division Multiplexing TDM interconnections, and fully integrated power distribution to modules supporting Table 2 lists the architectural features and benefits of the Cisco Series. Table 2. Architectural Features and Benefits. Architectural Feature. Modular Platform. Multigigabit Fabric MGF. TDM Interconnectivity Fabric. Integrated Gigabit Ethernet Ports.
PoE Boost. Designed for Flexible Deployments. The Cisco Series provides significantly enhanced modular capabilities refer to Table 3 offering investment protection for customers. Most of the modules available on previous generations of Cisco routers, such as the Cisco Series, are supported on the Cisco Series. Additionally, modules can be used on other supported Cisco platforms to provide maximum investment protection. Taking advantage of common interface cards across a network greatly reduces the complexity of managing inventory requirements, implementing large network rollouts, and maintaining configurations across a variety of branch-office sizes.
Table 3. Modularity Features and Benefits. ISR Modules. Cisco Service Module. Compact Flash Slots. USB 2. Release New innovations in You can enable advanced features by activating a software license on the Universal image. In previous generations of access routers, these feature sets required you to download a new software image. Technology packages and feature licenses, enabled through the Cisco software licensing infrastructure, simplify software delivery and decrease the operational costs of deploying new features.
At each stage in the product lifecycle, Cisco ONE Software helps make buying, managing, and upgrading your network and infrastructure software easier.
Cisco ONE Software provides:. The Cisco Integrated Services Routers are industry-leading platforms that offer unprecedented levels of services integration. Designed to meet the requirements of the branch office, these platforms provide a complete solution with voice, video, security, mobility and application services. Businesses enjoy the benefit of deploying a single device that meets all their needs, reducing capital and operational expenses.
The Cisco Integrated Services Router is the foundation for collaboration in the small and midsize branch office, serving as a critical component of a Cisco's video architecture Medianet and enterprise Unified Communications solution.
With embedded voice services and a wide range of supported telephony interfaces, the Cisco Series delivers maximum deployment flexibility for the distributed enterprise. The new PVDM3 modules support all voice-gateway functions of earlier generations of PVDMs and add higher density and more processing power to support emerging rich-media applications.
The Cisco Integrated Services Routers natively provide optional unified communications services within the Cisco IOS Software, minimizing the IT hardware footprint and total cost of ownership at the branch office. The Cisco Unified Border Element capabilities supported on the Cisco Series address the emerging requirements in an IP-centric interconnect for branch-office unified communications between enterprises and service provider networks.
Cisco Unified Border Element provides intelligent border-element functions such as physical and logical ingress and egress demarcation points, signaling and media control, and consolidated security and management features. The Cisco Series supports higher scale than previously provided on the Cisco Series, up to three times the number of sessions. As part of the Cisco' SAFE architectural framework that allows organizations to identify, prevent, and adapt to network security threats, the Cisco Series Integrated Services Routers facilitate secure business transactions and collaboration.
The Cisco IOS Software Security technology package for the Cisco Series offers a wide array of common security features such as advanced application inspection and control, threat protection, and encryption architectures for enabling more scalable and manageable VPN networks. The Cisco Series offers onboard hardware-based encryption acceleration to provide greater IPSec throughput with less overhead for the route processor when compared with software-based encryption solutions.
Cisco Integrated Services Routers offer a comprehensive and adaptable security solution for branch offices that includes features such as:. Using high-speed 3G wireless networks, routers can replace or complement existing landline infrastructure, such as dialup, Frame Relay, and ISDN.
These technologies allow you to meet increased endpoint power requirements without increasing the total power consumption of the branch. As organizations continue to centralize and consolidate their branch-office IT infrastructure in an effort to reduce cost and complexity, they are challenged to provide an excellent user experience, ensure continuous service availability, and deliver business-relevant applications when and where they are needed.
To address these challenges, the Cisco Series provides the capability to host Cisco, third-party, and custom applications on a portfolio of high-performance Cisco Services Ready Engine SRE modules that transparently integrate into the router. The modules have their own processors, storage, network interfaces, and memory that operate independently of the host router resources, helping to ensure maximum concurrent routing and application performance while reducing physical space requirements, lowering power consumption, and consolidating management.
The Cisco Series seamlessly combines industry leading security, IOS-based traffic control and visibility, with Cisco application acceleration solutions.
The user experience can be further enhanced through the addition of a Cisco WAAS Network Module which can be used to securely provide more advanced WAN optimization techniques such as TCP optimization, caching, compression, and application acceleration. The solution allows you to consolidate costly server, storage, and backup infrastructure into data centers while maintaining LAN-like service levels for remote users.
The Service Module hardware offers up to a seven times performance improvement over the previous generation Network Modules and provides a multi-core x processor.
The SRE modules also support up to 1 terabyte of storage, RAID configurations, hardware-assisted virtualization and cryptography options. The Cisco SRE module enables on-demand provisioning of branch-office applications on the Cisco Series platforms so that you can deploy the right application, at the right time, in the right place. The hardware and software decoupling provided by the service-ready deployment model enables applications to be provisioned on the module at the time of its installation or remotely anytime thereafter.
The Service Ready Engine enables organizations of various sizes to future-proof their network by allowing them to quickly deploy new branch-office applications without deploying new hardware, reducing the cost of rolling out branch-office services.
Organizations today face several unique wide area network WAN challenges: the need to provide employees with constant access to centrally located information, the requirement to continuously back up and replicate mission-critical data to centrally managed data centers, the desire to provide satisfactory experience for IP phone and video communication, and the mandate to control bandwidth costs without sacrificing application availability and performance.
As video becomes pervasive in an organization and more video devices are used, new demands are placed on the network. It can be challenging to accommodate video needs while reducing complexity, planning for capacity, and providing the best possible user experience. Traditional IP networks need to evolve to medianets to accommodate these changes. A medianet is an end-to-end IP architecture that helps to enable pervasive media experiences.
The medianet architecture includes a smarter network, smarter endpoints, shared media services, cloud services, and shared media services. A medianet reduces total cost of ownership and scales video through features such as auto-configuration and media monitoring. At the same time, it helps to ensure a quality user experience while optimizing bandwidth use and efficiency.
Network management applications are instrumental in lowering operating expenses OpEx while improving network availability by simplifying and automating many of the day-to-day tasks associated with managing an end-to-end network.
Day-one device support provides immediate manageability support for the Integrated Services Router, enabling quick and easy deployment, monitoring, and troubleshooting from Cisco and third-party applications. Organizations rely on Cisco, third-party, and in-house developed network management applications to achieve their OpEx and productivity goals.
Underpinning those applications are the embedded management features available in every Integrated Services Router. Refer to Tables 4 and 5 below for details about network management and manageability support on Cisco Series Integrated Services Routers.
Table 4. Ethernet, Traffic Management. Table 5. The Web Services Management Agent WSMA defines a mechanism through which you can manage a network device, retrieve configuration data information, and upload and manipulate new configuration data. It offers the ability to monitor events and take informational, corrective, or any desired EEM action when the monitored events occur or when a threshold is reached.
The Cisco network management applications listed in Table 6 are standalone products that you can download or purchase to manage your Cisco network devices. The applications are built specifically for the different operational phases; you can select the ones that best fit your needs. Table 6. Network Management Applications. Operational Phase.
Device staging and configuration. Cisco Configuration Professional. This tool simplifies router, security, unified communications, wireless, WAN, and basic LAN configuration through easy-to-use wizards.
Network-wide deployment, configuration, monitoring, and troubleshooting. CiscoWorks LMS. In addition to supporting basic platform services of the Integrated Services Router, CiscoWorks also provides added-value support for the Cisco Services Ready Engine, enabling the management and distribution of software images to the SRE, thereby reducing the time and complexities associated with image management.
Network-wide staging, configuration, and compliance. CiscoWorks NCM.
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