The Cisco Aggregation Services Router (ASR) 1000 series is designed for multiservice and broadband aggregation, applications traditionally handled by Cisco’s aging 7200, 7300 and 10000 series routers. Cisco stopped short of saying the ASR 1000 would eventually replace those platforms but observers expect that to be the case, especially given that Cisco spent five years and $250 million developing the new line, which includes a new QuantumFlow processor and operating system.
Now we know where Cisco is going to use their new super processor.
When Cisco and Juniper first said they were opening their router OSs, I thought that they’d be about as open as the iPhone. With Cisco’s launch of IOS XE, I realize I was wrong: The iPhone is much more open.
I’m not sure where I stand in the argument over opening up IOS for third party applications. I am sure that there are some very good features that could be programmed, but at the same time I really don’t want to add yet another layer to troubleshooting. “Is it the hardware, the IOS, the OS, or the custom application that’s causing the problem?” My fantasy world of having a separate physical box for each network node is already fading fast as the march towards a single box goes forward.