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Cisco Integrated Services Routers Generation 2
Cisco 3900, 2900, and 1900 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR) build on 25 years of innovation and product leadership. Cisco Integrated Services Routers Generation 2 (ISR G2) are architected to enable the next wave of branch-office evolution, enabling richer media experiences with video, and local compute resources for local application flexibility and survivability. Adding to the rich breadth of services available on the original ISRs – security, unified communications, wireless, and application optimization services – the ISR G2 routers enhance the reduction in overall branch-office expenses with the introduction of flexible services “on demand” through software licensing and simplified Cisco IOS Software packaging.
As part of the available security services, Cisco Firepower Threat Defense for ISR provides the industry-leading threat protection for the entire network surface areas as part of the Cisco Intelligent WAN (IWAN) deployment for hybrid WANs and direct Internet access. With Cisco Firepower services, the ability to detect anomalies, enforce policy, and accelerate mitigation is now built into the ISRs. By using existing ISR G2 and the Cisco 4000 Integrated Services Router, customers gain continuous visibility and control to defeat malware across the extended network and the full attack continuum: before, during, and after an attack.
The ISR G2 portfolio consists of three product families similar to the first generation of ISRs: the Cisco 3900, 2900, and 1900 Series Integrated Services Routers. From the Cisco 1921 through the Cisco 3945E, the portfolio provides increasing performance, module slot density, and features to match the needs of diverse branch offices running varying degrees of rich services.
You can order the platforms as base systems or bundled systems for security, unified communications, or application services. This ordering guide focuses on base system configurations and options, but most of the elements are applicable to bundle ordering as well. For a detailed list of advanced technology bundles on the Cisco ISR G2 routers, please refer to section 4 of this ordering guide.
1.1 Ordering the Cisco 3900 Series Integrated Services Routers
The Cisco 3900 Series Integrated Services Routers offer the highest performance and services density among the ISR portfolio. The series comprises the Cisco 3945E, 3925E, 3945, and 3925 routers, which differ primarily in performance capabilities and service-module slot count.
The Cisco 3900 Series ISRs offer a field-replaceable Cisco Services Performance Engine (SPE), which hosts the system route processor, enhanced high-speed WAN interface card (EHWIC) slots, and onboard Ethernet and digital-signal-processor (DSP) slots, an option available uniquely on the Cisco 3900 Series. The SPE is a modular motherboard that you can upgrade with higher-performance engines that will be developed in the future. The Cisco 3945E ships with the Cisco Services Performance Engine (SPE250), the Cisco 3925E ships with the SPE200, the Cisco 3945 ships with the SPE150, and the Cisco 3925 ships with the SPE100. When ordering SPE spares or upgrading, it is important to note that the SPE250 and SPE150 are supported only on Cisco 3945 platforms, whereas the SPE200 and SPE100 are supported on the Cisco 3925 platforms. Table 1 lists the part numbers for the Cisco 3900 Series platforms and SPEs.
Cisco 4000 Family Integrated Services Router
Cisco 4000 Family Integrated Services Routers (ISRs) form an Software Defined WAN platform that delivers the performance, security, and convergence capabilities that today’s branch offices need.
The Cisco 4000 Family Integrated Services Router (ISR) revolutionizes WAN communications in the enterprise branch. With new levels of built-in intelligent network capabilities and convergence, it specifically addresses the growing need for application-aware networking in distributed enterprise sites. These locations tend to have lean IT resources. But they often also have a growing need for direct communication with both private data centers and public clouds across diverse links, including Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) VPNs and the Internet.
The Cisco 4000 Family contains the following platforms: the 4461, 4451, 4431, 4351, 4331, 4321 and 4221 ISRs.
Features and Benefits
Cisco 4000 Family ISRs provide you with Cisco Software Defined WAN (SDWAN) software features and a converged branch infrastructure. Along with superior throughput, these capabilities form the building blocks of next-generation branch-office WAN solutions.
Cisco Software Defined WAN
Cisco SDWAN is a set of intelligent software services that allow you to reliably and securely connect users, devices, and branch office locations across a diverse set of WAN transport links. SDWAN-enabled routers like the ISR 4000 dynamically route traffic across the “best” link based on up-to-the-minute application and network conditions for great application experiences. You get tight control over application performance, bandwidth usage, data privacy, and availability of your WAN links – control that you need as your branches conduct greater volumes of mission-critical business.
Cisco Converged Branch Infrastructure
The Cisco 4000 Series ISRs consolidate many must-have IT functions, including network, compute, and storage resources. The high-performance, integrated routers run multiple concurrent services, including encryption, traffic management, and WAN optimization, without slowing your data throughput. And you can activate new services on demand through a simple licensing change.
Cisco Intent Based Networking and Digital Network Architecture (Cisco DNA)
The last few years has seen a rapid transformation and adoption of digital technologies. This puts pressure on the on the Network teams supporting this changing infrastructure – especially when provisioning, managing, monitoring and troubleshooting these diverse devices. Additionally innovations such as Software Defined WAN (SDWAN), Network Function Virtualization (NFV), Open APIs and Cloud Management show great promise in transforming Organizations IT networks. This transformation raises further questions and challenges for the IT teams.
The Cisco Digital Network Architecture (Cisco DNA) is an open, extensible, software-driven architecture that provides for faster innovation, helping to generate deeper insights, and deliver exceptional experiences across many different applications. Cisco DNA relies on intent-based networking, a revolutionary approach in networking that helps organizations automate, simplify, and secure the network.
The intent-based Cisco DNA network is:
- Informed by Context: Interprets every byte of data that flows across it, resulting in better security, more customized experiences, and faster operations.
- Powered by Intent: Translates your intent into the right network configuration, making it possible to manage and provision multiple devices and things in minutes.
- Driven by Intuition: Continually learns from the massive amounts of data flowing through it and turns that data into actionable insight. Helps you solve issues before they become problems and learn from every incident.
Cisco DNA Center provides a centralized management dashboard across your entire network — the branch, campus, data center, and cloud. Rather than relying on box-by-box management, you can design, provision, and set policy end-to-end from the single Cisco DNA Center interface. This allows you to respond to organizational needs faster and to simplify day-to-day operations. Cisco DNA Analytics and Assurance and Cisco Network Data Platform (NDP) help you get the most from your network by continuously collecting and putting insights into action. Cisco DNA is open, extensible, and programmable at every layer. It integrates Cisco and third-party technology, open APIs, and a developer platform, to support a rich ecosystem of network-enabled applications.
Cisco 1000 Series Integrated Services Routers
Cisco 1000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISRs) with Cisco IOS XE Software combine Internet access, comprehensive security, and wireless services (LTE Advanced 3.0 wireless WAN and 802.11ac wireless LAN) in a single, high-performance device. The routers are easy to deploy and manage, with separate data and control plane capabilities.
Cisco 900 Series Integrated Services Routers
The Cisco 900 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISRs) combine Internet access, comprehensive security, and wireless services in a single high-performance device that is easy to deploy and manage. They are well suited for deployment as Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) in enterprise small branch offices and in service provider managed-service environments.
The Cisco 900 Series ISRs deliver integrated security and threat defense, protecting networks from both known and new Internet vulnerabilities and attacks. These powerful, fixed-configuration routers provide secure broadband and Metro Ethernet and wireless LTE WAN connectivity. Service providers offering both managed Ethernet and wireless LTE WAN services can deploy them in customer locations as CPE. Centralized and remote management capabilities are available through web-based tools and Cisco IOS Software for full visibility and control of network configurations at the remote site.
The 900 Series ISRs simplify the deployment of Ethernet WAN services, with end-to-end Operations, Administration, and Maintenance (OA&M), Service-Level Agreement (SLA) monitoring and verification, and configuration management.
The Cisco 900 Series ISRs come with a 4-port managed switch, providing LAN ports to connect multiple devices. Figures 1 and 2 show the C921-4P and C926-4P models.
Features and Benefits
Table 1. describes some of the business needs enterprises have in branch offices and other edge networking locations and how the Cisco 900 Series ISRs fulfill those requirements.
Table 1. How the Cisco 900 Series ISRs Address Edge Networking Challenges
Cisco 800M Series Integrated Services Router
Powerful Cisco IOS Software-based router for small to medium sites offers flexible connectivity options and simplifies large-scale wireless WAN deployments.
The Cisco 800M Series Integrated Services Router (ISR) is a modular platform in the Cisco 800 Series ISR product family. Intended for small to medium sites, it provides a flexible array of WAN connectivity options with easy migration among WAN interface types. It runs Cisco IOS Software and delivers built-in security in a single software image with no additional software licenses required. It also integrates application hosting capabilities right in the router.
The Cisco 800M ISR is best suited for the following uses:
- Secure WAN connectivity for branches
- Transmitting transactional data from ATM machines, point-of-sale terminals, and kiosks
- Cellular backup to primary wired links
- Quick, easy connectivity in countries where most WAN infrastructure is cellular: 4G LTE /3G connectivity can be used for primary connections, backup connections, or both
- Locations with WAN services requiring serial connectivity
- Deployments requiring real-time, local data collection and analysis from vending machines, Internet of Things (IoT) devices, and M2M sensors in other applications
There are two Cisco 800M Series ISR models; the part numbers are C841M-4X and C841M-8X. Both integrate a Gigabit Ethernet switch and redundant Gigabit Ethernet WAN uplinks.
Features and benefits
The Cisco 800M Series ISR integrates enterprise-class security and application services while delivering the best price/performance ratio in its class. The router supports highly available and redundant WAN connection options and lets you easily migrate to different WAN connections for investment protection.
The Cisco 800M ISR is the first in the industry to support multiple 3G technologies on the same pluggable WAN interface (the Cisco WIM-3G), providing you with the ability to choose the service provider. The platform is future-enabled, and it provides an open, extensible environment for developing and hosting applications at the network edge for local processing right in the router. The routers support single-pane-of-glass management and the 3G/4G cellular Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) MIB.
The Cisco 800M ISR will support Cisco Fourth-Generation Long-Term Evolution (4G LTE Category 4) Wireless WAN Interface Module (WIM) to provide the next generation of wireless WAN primary, backhaul, and backup solutions.