Feeds

Cisco facelifts all-purpose routers

'Borderless networks'

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Cisco has squeezed out an heir to its long-in-the-tooth Integrated Services Routers product line after sitting pretty with the old kit since 2005.

The company's new second-generation routers (ISR G2) have been re-architected to better accommodate a growing trend of branch offices beaming in more video-conferencing, virtualization services, and other kinds of rich media over the network, Cisco said. It calls the ISR G2 family the first step in a new "borderless networks" strategy — marketing whale song that admittedly beats the poignantly annoying "data center 3.0" campaign of 2007.

Tailored for video, Cisco says the new routers provide up to five times the bandwidth and processing speeds as the first-generation ISRs. They replace the ISR G1 range's single-core architecture with Intel multi-core processors and bumps up WAN performance to up to 150 Mbps (from 45 Mbps). While the new kit comes with support for encoding and decoding video, it also provides up to 1TB of on-board video storage per module.

On the software side, the ISR G2 line provides a single Universal IOS Image, letting Cisco use a license key to unlock features when purchased rather than through adding new hardware. Cisco reckons that will simplify deployment. It also said the majority of prior generation ISR interfaces can be carried over to the new routers.

The routers come in three flavors. The 1900 ISR G2 (succeeding the 1800 ISR), the 2900 ISR G2 (succeeding the 2800 ISR), and the 3900 ISR G2 (succeeding the 3800 ISR). The older platforms, however, will continue to be sold for the next couple of years in the transition. The different models range in their port configurations and features offered — which Cisco breaks down in a handy chart here.

Clearly, the company thinks the old kit still has some steam despite the age of the platform. Cisco calls the original Integrated Services Routers "one of the fastest-selling networking products ever created" with more than 7 million units in use worldwide.

The ISR G2s will begin shipping in November. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Docker's app containers are coming to Windows Server, says Microsoft
MS chases app deployment speeds already enjoyed by Linux devs
'Hmm, why CAN'T I run a water pipe through that rack of media servers?'
Leaving Las Vegas for Armenia kludging and Dubai dune bashing
'Urika': Cray unveils new 1,500-core big data crunching monster
6TB of DRAM, 38TB of SSD flash and 120TB of disk storage
Facebook slurps 'paste sites' for STOLEN passwords, sprinkles on hash and salt
Zuck's ad empire DOESN'T see details in plain text. Phew!
SDI wars: WTF is software defined infrastructure?
This time we play for ALL the marbles
Windows 10: Forget Cloudobile, put Security and Privacy First
But - dammit - It would be insane to say 'don't collect, because NSA'
Oracle hires former SAP exec for cloudy push
'We know Larry said cloud was gibberish, and insane, and idiotic, but...'
Symantec backs out of Backup Exec: Plans to can appliance in Jan
Will still provide support to existing customers
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.