"All of the benefits and advantages on why customers wanted a fabric in their data center, the next logical step is to extend those to the WAN -- a WAN fabric that is capable of virtualizing with a platform, with southbound and northbound API's that allows programmability of the network ," says Ray Mota, founder of ACG Research.
NCS consists of three platforms -- NCS 6000, NCS 4000 and NCS 2000 -- that can be managed as one.
NCS 6000, which is shipping now, is capable of 5Tbps per slot and 1.2Pbps per system capabilities, Cisco says. It supports IP/MPLS routing, as well as single, back-to-back, and multi-chassis configurations.
NCS 4000, which will ship in the first half of 2014, supports 400Gbps per slot and 6.4Terabits per system and is available in single, back-to-back, and multi-chassis configurations. It also supports optical transport network, wavelength division multiplexing, SONET and Ethernet applications, and multi-chassis configurations.
NCS 2000, shipping now, connects DWDM transport networks at rates of 100Gbps and beyond and supports dynamic network configurability with 96-channel next-generation intelligent ROADM capabilities.
Service providers BSkyB, KDDI and Telstra are deploying the NCS now.
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