Cisco Network Convergence System 5500 Series

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Cisco Network Convergence System 5500 Series

The Network Convergence System 5500 Seriesis a family of routing platforms including fixed and modular chassis. The platform offershigh port density, high performance forwarding, low jitter and the lowest power consumption per Gigabits/sec at a very cost-effective price point.NCS 5500 seriesoffers industry-leading density of routed 1/10/40/100Gports for high-scale WAN aggregation. Itis designed to efficiently scale acrossData Centers, Large Enterprise, Web, Service Provider WAN and Aggregation Networks.The NCS 5500 leverages the industry-leading IOSXR OperatingSystemwitha full suite of standard layer-2 and layer-3 protocols, plus newfeatures and functions such as:

  • Application Hosting
  • Programmability
  • Enhanced Automation
  • Machine to Machine interface (M2M)
  • Telemetry
  • Flexible Package Delivery

This white paper focuses on the hardware architecture,characteristics and packet forwarding of NCS 5500 modularplatforms.

Product overview

Based on the Cisco Global Cloud Index, digitalization is projected to grow global data center and public/private cloud network traffic more than 25 percent annually, resulting in a threefold increase by 2019. To help network providers meet these challenges, the Cisco Network Convergence System 5500 Series is built with features such as extremely high port densities, deep packet buffering, and forwarding hardware optimized for these types of deployments.

The Cisco NCS 5500 Series modular chassis provides a wide variety of combo line cards to address the customer’s need to use flexible interfaces and port densities along with full bandwidth utilization of the forwarding ASIC. The Cisco NCS 5500 Series also offers a cost-effective solution while being able to support over1 million entries Forwarding Information Base (FIB) scale on this base version of the line card. These line cards are capable of advanced packet forwarding, segment routing, programmable network management, and telemetry along with the robust and mature features already present in 64-bit Cisco IOS XR Software.

Features and benefits

High performance and high capacity

Get up to 288 100-Gbps ports at up to 28 Tbps in one-third of a rack.

Redundancy

The NCS 5500 Series offers redundant route processors, fabric, and power.

Low power consumption

The NCS 5500 Series uses only approximately 0.3 watt per 1 Gbps.

WAN aggregation solution

This programmable, dense, high-capacity, and modular series runs the latest version of Cisco IOS XR Software and supports segment routing, advanced forwarding feature sets, and programmable network management.