Cisco adds programmability to Internet routers

Cisco on increased its network software code to spice up the performance of cloud applications and cut back operational prices.

As secure last week by CEO Chuck Robbins, Cisco unveiled AN upgrade to its IOS XR code that options improved programmability and tighter integration with common configuration and management tools. The code was developed with some leading internet corporations, supported their operational best practices, however Cisco failed to determine which of them.

Cisco conjointly extended 3 additions to its Network Convergence System (NCS) Series router line, that runs IOS XR.

The enhancements to IOS XR, that is deployed across over fifty,000 live network routers, embody code modularity and extensibility, large-scale automation and fine-grained visibility and management.

For code modularity and extensibility, IOS XR currently supports common DevOps IT and network automation tools like cook and Puppet. This facilitates orchestration of hosted third-party applications with the IOS XR/NCS network.

IOS XR conjointly includes a code development kit and support although the Cisco DevNet developer program for any feature or perform extensibility. And for large-scale automation, IOS XR supports knowledge model-driven arthropod genus like rule and OpenConfig in order that the code will adapt to any customer’s operational surroundings.

For visibility and management, IOS XR supports discourse network insight through knowledge-model driven access to operational state data. This provides far more visibility than polling tools like SNMP, Cisco says.

IOS XR conjointly supports measurement and section routing traffic engineering for additional granular network management supported additional analytical knowledge with that to reconfigure routes.

To run IOS XR, Cisco superimposed 3 additional platforms to its NCS router line. They embody the NCS 5000, with four routed 100G local area network ports for MPLS routing in railway aggregation; the NCS 5500, for up to 288 routed 100G ports for WAN aggregation; and also the NCS one thousand, that supports 100/200/250Gbps wavelengths over existing fiber at distances surpassing three,000km.

These new platforms and also the enhancements to IOS XR are out there in Dec. Cisco aforesaid it conjointly plans to increase the IOS XR enhancements to the ASR 9000 and CSR router lines further.