Cisco redesigns internet infrastructure to meet evolving demands of businesses

Understanding that companies are now heavily reliant on the internet, technology giant Cisco recalibrated its strategy to provide its businesses around the world with secure networks. It also leverages automation to deliver a more accessible internet to all organizations.

The pandemic amplified people’s need for the internet because of mobility restrictions. People don’t have any other way to communicate but through the internet. From the data pulled from peering traffic points around the globe, Cisco said internet traffic spiked by 25% – 45% in many regions across the globe in the past year driven by video conferencing and online learning.

Network providers delivered and thrived. But according to Cisco, this is only a glimpse of the traffic volume we will see in the 5G era and it attributes this growth, not to the pandemic but to the increase in hyperconnectivity. Based on its annual report, there will be 29.3 billion connected devices by 2021.

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“Cisco has spent the last five years researching and investing in this portfolio of innovation, focusing on how to help our customers deliver the best internet while being able to grow revenue, reduce their costs and mitigate risk,” said Jonathan Davidson, SVP and GM, Mass-Scale Infrastructure Group, Cisco. “By helping our customers make the right decisions for their networks today, we are setting the world up for success, to connect more people, places, and things than ever before. We can all look back on this point in time in the next 10 years and celebrate how we rose to the challenge and did the right thing to take care of the internet.”

The economics of the internet

Cisco designed Converged SDN Transport, “an innovative blueprint to help service providers converge multiple networks into a common, cost efficient and secure infrastructure with enormous scale.” Internet has to be simple and stripped of layers of complexities for more inclusivity.

With more and more people expected to use the internet, Cisco simplified its constructs with the Routed Optical Networking solution aimed at collapsing IP and Optical networks. With Acacia’s pluggable coherent optics, advancements in Segment Routing and Ethernet VPN, and new Cisco Crosswork Cloud capabilities, operators can build lean, efficient, easy-to-operate networks capable of supporting the levels of traffic expected with 5G.

Cisco Silicon One

In 2019, Cisco introduced its networking silicon architecture called Silicon One, which is designed to provide customers with a unified, programmable silicon architecture to improve operational efficiencies and deliver the speed and capacity for the 5G era. Cisco has expanded the Cisco Silicon One platform from a routing focused solution to one which also addresses the web-scale switching market, offering 10 networking chips (devices) ranging from 3.2 Tbps to 25.6 Tbps, making it the highest performance programmable routing and switching silicon on the market.

Subscriber Management

Cisco is introducing its new Cisco Cloud Native Broadband Network Gateway for telco customers (wireline), joining the Cisco family of existing cloud-native broadband routers for cable and mobile. It paves the way for convergence to a unified subscriber management solution, bringing further simplification and efficiency while enabling service providers to offer truly access-agnostic services independent of where people use these services.

Cisco Business Critical Services

Cisco Business Critical Services helps customers looking to transform to Cisco’s Routed Optical Networking and Cloud Native Broadband solutions ensure a smooth transition. With consulting on network architecture design and implementation planning, Business Critical Services helps accelerate migration and mitigate risk. New options within Specialized Expertise Scrum Services and Expert-as-a-Service give customers access to powerful analytics and even greater flexibility to choose skill sets to fuel their transitions.