Cisco ASR 5000 Series Aggregation Services Routers License
The New Normal – Elastic, Flexible, Virtual
New mobile devices are emerging every day, from tablets and smartphones to smartcars. With these new devices come new applications and services, and widely varying traffic patterns. The Cisco ASR 5000 Series combines massive performance and scale with flexibility, virtualization, and intelligence—so network resources are available exactly when they are needed.
Features and Capabilities ASR 5000
The Cisco ASR 5000 Series was developed to address the anticipated increase in performance requirements that the next generation of the mobile Internet will bring. Whereas today´s traffic patterns are somewhat predictable, emerging mobile applications and services vary in their signaling, throughput, sessions, and density.
The two platforms of the Cisco ASR 5000 Series – the ASR 5000 and the ASR 5500 – meet performance challenges in a simple and cost-effective manner. They give operators the capability to amplify network performance, grow revenue, and reduce costs.
- The flexibility of the Cisco ASR 5000 Series helps operators build their networks with one product family, regardless of what the requirements may be.
- Scale helps ensure that no matter what the future demands of the network are, operators can keep subscribers happy, while redefining the economics of the network.
- Intelligence gives operators the capabilities to monetize their networks, protect profitability, and provide a superior user experience.
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