Those of you pining over the end of Cisco's 7500 Series edge router can take heart; the company has released a new system designed to keep the upgrade paths of 7500 users intact.
The Aggregation Services Router (ASR) platform uses the latest version of the Internetwork Operating System, the IOS XE, which includes software-based virtualization to provide high availability for services like IPSec and deep packet inspection.
The first three devices comprise the ASR 1000 series, which are stocked with the QuantumFlow Processor introduced earlier this month that is capable of processing 24 million instructions per second. The line includes the 2U ASR 1002 10 GbE device with 3.5 G of encryption, the 4U ASR 1004 and the 6U ASR 1006.
Initial releases in the ASR line will include a 5-gig and a 10-gig version, with a 20-gig coming by mid-year.