The CRS-3 is a hefty offering that provides up to 322 terabits per second of capacity, three times greater than that of the current Cisco CRS-1, which was introduced in 2004. Put into perspective, according to Cisco, such throughput means that every motion picture ever made could be streamed in less than 4 minutes.
This latest Cisco router was unveiled in conjunction with Cisco's vision of a next-generation Internet, which places a heavy emphasis on the cloud computing space in addition to blink-of-an-eye video downloads and mobile services.
As part of its vision for a next-generation Internet, Cisco is also touting the Data Center Services System, which links the CRS-3 tightly with Cisco's Nexus family and Unified Computing System to enable unified service delivery of cloud services, according to the company. The DCSS also includes carrier-grade IPv6 and core IP/MPLS technologies that permit new IP next-generation networks architectural efficiencies to handle the growing needs of the cloud services market.
The CRS-3 was field-tested by AT&T and currently is in field trials with other companies. It is expected to be available in the third quarter of this year at a list price of $90,000.