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Cisco ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers

Product Overview

The Cisco ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 9000 Series) represent an exciting new paradigm in edge and core routing, with exceptional scalability, carrier-class reliability, environmentally conscious design, incredible flexibility, and an attractive price-to-performance benchmark. The Cisco ASR 9000 Series has a wide product portfolio (Figure 1), ranging from the Cisco ASR 9001 (2 Rack Units [2RU]) to the Cisco ASR 9922 (44RU), with each system designed to provide true carrier-class reliability using the Cisco IOS XR operating system, comprehensive system redundancy, and a full complement of network resiliency schemes. The Cisco ASR 9000 Series also offers service and application-level intelligence focused on optimized video delivery and mobile aggregation. Finally, the Cisco ASR 9000 Series is designed to simplify and enhance the operational and deployment aspects of service-delivery networks.

Figure 1. Cisco ASR 9000 System

Cisco ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services

The Cisco ASR 9000 Series is an operationally simple, future-optimized platform using next-generation hardware and software. The following are highlights of this next-generation platform:

The Cisco ASR 9000 Series offers a significant added value compared to the prior generations of Carrier Ethernet routing offerings with significantly higher switching capacity, optimized power and cooling requirements, an innovative modular power architecture, a grounds-up high-availability design, and the Cisco IOS XR modular operating system to significantly lower the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for service providers the world over.

Solving the Challenges of Tomorrow, Today

The Cisco ASR 9000 Series is built on the premise of addressing the challenges that service providers face when deploying current networks and planning for the networks of tomorrow:


The Cisco ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers provide unsurpassed 10 Gigabit Ethernet and 100 Gigabit Ethernet scale and density. The Cisco ASR 9000 and ASR 9900 Series Routers provide an in-place upgrade roadmap to a higher density of 10 Gigabit Ethernet and 100 Gigabit Ethernet ports without the need for a complete chassis replacement. These line cards, offered in base and extended-scale configurations, are complemented by the nonblocking fabric (on the RSP for the Cisco ASR 9006, ASR 9010, ASR 9906, ASR 9910 and ASR 9904 Routers and on separate fabric cards for the Cisco ASR 9906, ASR 9910, ASR 9912 and ASR 9922 Routers), and by the innovative backplane, thermal, and power infrastructure on the chassis.

The Cisco ASR 9000 Series has a modular power architecture available in both AC and DC. The power supplies are housed in field-serviceable Power Entry Modules (PEMs), which also come in AC and DC forms. Each PEM can hold up to three or four modules depending on its corresponding type, with no power zones or placement restrictions (mixing of AC and DC supplies is not supported). Service providers can add more power as their bandwidth and feature requirements increase over time, by adding more line cards to the chassis. This capability translates to lower CapEx initially and optimal OpEx over the product life.

The Cisco ASR 9000 Series also features a fully integrated timing infrastructure, allowing the routers to take in timing inputs (for example, SynchE, Building Integrated Timing Supply [BITS], and DOCSIS Timing Interface [DTI]) and distribute them over the backplane to each slot. This capability allows extensive support for transparent mobile convergence, mobile Radio Access Network (RAN) backhaul, and Time-Division Multiplexing (TDM) circuit emulation, without sacrificing performance or scale.


Cisco ASR 9000 Series routers deliver exceptional scale, service flexibility, and high availability to Carrier Ethernet transport networks. The routers are powered by Cisco IOS XR Software, an innovative self-healing, distributed operating system designed for always-on operation while scaling system capacity up to 160 Tbps. This OS is the same operating system that powers industry-leading routers such as the Cisco CRS Carrier Routing System, bringing the same reliability, scalability, performance, and comprehensive features that have made the Cisco CRS the dominant entity in the service provider core. Cisco IOS XR Software also allows for an end-to-end IP/MPLS solution to service provider requirements based on the same software, thereby reducing the operational complexity of managing multiple operating systems. Cisco IOS XR Software Release 3.7.2 introduced support for the Cisco ASR 9000 Series Routers, which are designed to address the Carrier Ethernet foundation for visual networking. The Cisco ASR 9000 Series further enhances the IP Next-Generation Network (IP NGN) Carrier Ethernet design for converged, resilient, intelligent, and scalable transport of consumer, business, wholesale, and mobile services.

Cisco ASR 9000 Series Carrier Ethernet applications include business services such as Layer 2 VPN (L2VPN) and L3VPN, Internet Protocol Television (IPTV), Content-Delivery Networks (CDNs), and mobile backhaul transport networks. Features supported include Ethernet services; L2VPN; IPv4, IPv6, and L3VPN; Layer 2 and Layer 3 Multicast; IP over Dense Wavelength-Division Multiplexing (IPoDWDM); SyncE; EOAM and MPLS OAM; Layer 2 and Layer 3 Access Control Lists (ACLs); H-QoS; MPLS Traffic Engineering Fast Reroute (MPLS TE-FRR); Multichassis Link Aggregation (MC-LAG); Integrated Routing and Bridging (IRB); and Cisco Nonstop Forwarding (NSF) and Nonstop Routing (NSR).

Cisco ASR 5500

As a mobile operator, the mobile broadband network that you built has forever changed the way that your customers work, live, play, and learn, and has become part of the very fabric of their everyday lives. However, mobile operators today face a significant challenge. Data traffic continues to grow exponentially, and regular network modifications are required to keep customers happy. New devices and applications are also drastically changing the way the network behaves. Competition in the mobile market is fierce, as the typical subscriber has multiple options for mobile service. At the same time, revenues are increasingly under pressure. It is an age-old dilemma – how does one reduce cost and increase revenue?

To overcome these challenges, operators must build their core networks with three essential attributes: flexibility, intelligence, and scale. A flexible network is one that can adapt to frequently changing business models, with the ability to make in-network design modifications without huge capital expenditures. An intelligent network is one that recognizes the myriad of different user behavior patterns, and has the tools in place to allow operators to monetize these patterns quickly and transparently. Finally, a scalable network is one that can address the demands of today’s mobile network requirements as well as those that will evolve in the future. Data traffic is not just increasing; it is becoming more complex, requiring a scalable and flexible solution across all performance parameters – throughput, transactions, bearers, and sessions.

With all these factors, mobile operators need a mobile packet core solution that they can count on – one that provides efficient evolution to fourth-generation (4G) technology and small cells. Operators must plan for the `new normal’ of the mobile internet – elastic, flexible, virtual. This means being able to harness the right resources (intelligent performance) when you need them – instantaneously. This new normal starts with the intelligent performance of the Cisco ® ASR 5500 Multimedia Core Platform (Figure 1). Cisco ASR 5500 sets a new standard for intelligent performance that redefines the economics of the packet core. It is the first mobile platform designed for terabit performance that scales to tens of millions of sessions, and supports the transaction rates required to address the signaling surge.

Figure 1. Cisco ASR 5500 Multimedia Core Platform

Cisco ASR 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers

Product overview

Cisco ASR 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers provide a Software Defined WAN platform that aggregates multiple WAN connections and network services including encryption and traffic management, and forward them across WAN connections at line speeds from 2.5 to 200 Gbps. The routers contain both hardware and software redundancy in an industry-leading high-availability design.

The latest additions to the Cisco ASR 1000 Series are the Cisco ASR 1002-HX Router and the Cisco ASR 1001-HX Router. Both new routers support up to 100 Gbps in a 2-Rack-Unit (2RU) and 60 Gbps in a 1-Rack-Unit (1RU) form factor, respectively. The ASR 1002-HX has 8 built-in 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GE) ports and 8 1 GE ports, with the Ethernet Port Adapter (EPA) slot for expansion. The ASR 1001-HX has 4 built-in 10 GE ports, 8 1 GE ports, and 4 configurable 10 GE or 1 GE ports. The Cisco ASR 1000 Series Route Processor 3 is the newest addition to the modular control plane engines in the Cisco ASR 1000 Series. The Route Processor 3 adds more options for higher performance, memory, and storage to the ASR 1000 Series.

The Cisco ASR 1000 Series supports Cisco IOS® XE Software, a modular operating system with modular packaging, feature velocity, and powerful resiliency. The Cisco ASR 1000 Series Embedded Services Processors (ESPs), which are based on Cisco Flow Processor technology, accelerate many advanced features such as crypto-based access security; Network Address Translation (NAT), thread defense with Cisco Zone-Based Firewall (ZBFW), Deep Packet Inspection (DPI), Cisco Unified Border Element (CUBE), and a diverse set of Data-Center-Interconnect (DCI) features. These services are implemented in Cisco IOS XE Software without the need for additional hardware support.

Cisco ASR 1000 Series routers sit at the edge of your enterprise data center or large office connecting to the WAN, as well as in service provider Points Of Presence (POPs). The Cisco ASR 1000 Series will benefit the following types of customers:

Features and benefits

The Cisco ASR 1000 Series Routers carry a modular yet integrated design, so network operators can increase their network capacity and services without a hardware upgrade. With flexibility in the number of connections, speed maximums, and price, you don’t have to under- or overprovision for any network location.

Alternatively, you also have the option to buy “-X” and “-HX” models, so you can increase throughput by simply purchasing upgrade licenses as you grow to increase your network speed dynamically.

Cisco Software-Defined WAN

Cisco SD-WAN capability can be enabled on the Cisco ASR 1000 series platforms with IOS-XE. Cisco SD-WAN offers an entirely new way to manage and operate your WAN infrastructure. Cisco SD-WAN is a cloud delivered architecture that offers secure, flexible and rich services with the following key benefits:

SD-WAN Integrated Security

In order to efficiently connect to multiple cloud infrastructures many enterprise customers want to build an SD-WAN infrastructure that uses Direct Internet Access (DIA). This can save costs and reduce complexity by reducing WAN traffic backhauled to your data centers; however connecting branches directly to the internet without the right security controls exposes your network to threats and vulnerabilities.

With Cisco SD-WAN and the ASR 1000 series platforms, you have integrated security built-right-in for branch DIA security with these integrated security capabilities:

And with Cisco SD-WAN security integration you will reduce complexity by having a single management interface (vManage) for both the network and security.

Unified access security and multi-factor authentication

Zero trust security model, allows secure connections to all applications (whether on premises or in the cloud) based on the trust worthiness of users and devices.

Cisco ASR 920 Series Aggregation Services

The Cisco ASR 920 Series Aggregation Services Class B Timing Compliance Router is a full-featured converged access platform, positioned as a Carrier Ethernet aggregation platform for business services or as a CSR/Small Aggregation platform for the Mobile Backhaul for 5G markets. These 5G ready routers meet ITU G.8273.2 Class B Timing specifications and provides better accuracy using PTP for phase delivery. These high-throughput, small-form-factor, low-power-consumption routers are optimized for mobile backhaul and business applications. ASR 920 routers provide a comprehensive and scalable feature set, supporting both Layer 2 VPN (L2VPN) and Layer 3 VPN (L3VPN) services in a compact package. They also allow service providers to deploy Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)-based VPN services from within the access layer.

Product overview

ASR 920 series router offers key Carrier Ethernet features that simplify network operation. You can use them for premium services with enhanced Service-Level Agreements (SLAs). And an optional service-activation model supports incremental growth and makes these routers flexible and cost-effective.

Figure 1. ASR 920 Series

The new Class B Timing Compliance Cisco ASR 920 Series routers come in a small form factor (1RU) and in the below configurations:

Cisco ASR 900 Series Aggregation Services Routers

Cisco ASR 900 Series Aggregation Services Routers are full-featured, modular aggregation platforms. They’re designed for the cost-effective delivery of converged mobile, residential, and business services. You get redundancy, a shallow depth, low power consumption, and high service scale in routers packed with useful features and optimized for small aggregation and remote Point-of-Presence (POP) applications.

Figure 1. Cisco ASR 903 Router, ASR 902 Router, and ASR 907 Router


ASR 900 Series routers are supported in Cisco IOS XE S Software, which is a modular operating system. This software is designed to provide modular packaging, feature velocity, and powerful resiliency. For more information on the supported features and software capabilities, see the Cisco IOS XE Software for Cisco ASR 900 Series Aggregation Services Router data sheet.

Network management

Cisco ASR 900 Series routers are supported in Cisco Prime for Evolved Programmable Network architectures. Cisco Prime for Evolved Programmable Networks is an end-to-end network management solution that drastically simplifies the design, provisioning, and management of carrier-grade networks. It is a comprehensive solution that centralizes and automates service design, fulfillment, assurance, and performance analysis to help service providers and enterprises lower their costs while meeting high customer expectations.