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Cisco’s Network Convergence System (NCS) Delivers the Network Foundation for the Internet of Everything



By Sultan Dawood, Service Provider Marketing Manager, Cisco

Did you know that by 2017 there will be 8 billion machine-to-machine nodes and another 12 billion smart devices (phones, TVs, tablets, etc) connected to the network, each with a unique networking profile and compute and control capabilities.

Networking is fundamentally changing with the Internet of Everything (IoE).  Programmable devices like smart phones and tablets are becoming ubiquitous, while sensor and machine-driven traffic is coming on line faster than any other category of connected devices. The IoE will drive new demands on the network in terms of supporting, managing and controlling these programmable devices and their associated events. The network must deliver new levels of intelligence and flexibility while supporting virtualization, programmability and performance. It is no longer just about scaling the bandwidth, but also the compute and control functions to manage policies and change responses with the right results in the expected timeframe.

Service providers need to rethink their network strategy and consider a new enhanced architectural approach, one that delivers profitable, innovative and flexible services in real-time.

Cisco’s Evolved Programmable Network enables service providers to cost effectively build a network architecture that brings together applications and platforms (infrastructure), thus increasing service agility and providing full visibility of network, compute and control resources.

Cisco recently introduced the Network Convergence System (NCS) family which provides the foundation for the Evolved Programmable Network. With its highly virtualized architecture, the NCS delivers the network fabric with which service providers can converge their large number of disparate networks and leverage new programmability levels to deliver new services and solutions quickly and efficiently to their customers.

Above: Watch Surya Panditi, SVP/GM, SP Networking Group, Cisco, introduce the Cisco NCS product family

One of the biggest challenges for service providers today is to reduce their overall networking costs while creating new monetization opportunities. One such opportunity is Cloud services:  public, private or hybrid. While service providers have a large existing infrastructure, they continue to be challenged with their data center strategy and how they can deliver new services faster to their customers.

The NCS family of products can help service providers cost effectively connect data centers to better share and balance resources while providing multi-tiered service level agreements and ultimately a powerful user experience. The NCS combined with an Evolved Programmable Network, allows service providers to extend the network between data centers to balance capacity, aggregating resources, and integrating cloud services across data centers resulting in an intelligent network that can identify and efficiently consume the "best" resources in the cloud. This not only optimizes application experience but also simplifies operations to improve efficiency, accelerate network deployment, and lower total cost of ownership.

The NCS family is built on the world’s most advanced and programmable silicon: the Cisco nPower X1 network processor unit (NPU) delivering new levels of programmability and virtualization that have never before existed and at system-wide scale. With virtualized IOS-XR, service providers can increase application service offerings, speed up provisioning velocity, and optimize network economics.  The NCS 6000 supports packet optical integration with control plane integration between the router and optical elements thus extending configuration, monitoring, proactive redundancy, and scalability.  Additionally, with the virtualized IOS-XR architecture, the NCS 6000 supports nonstop operations during software image upgrades or module changes providing hardware-enabled true zero-packet, zero-topology loss (ZPL/ZTL) for  in service software upgrades (ISSU). The NCS 6000 increases environmental efficiency, using an adaptable power consumption model for both the ASIC and complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) photonics technology. These technologies give the NCS 6000 the lowest carbon footprint in service provider routing today. Service providers can easily configure each line card's power consumption to the number of ports used. Finally, the NCS 6000 delivers the industry’s only petabit scale with its multi-chassis capability.

Cisco can provide service providers with both the expertise and proven technology today to build out an Evolved Programmable Network. As Service Providers partner with Cisco to deploy these innovative solutions, they will be able to profit from new business models while providing their customers with new and exciting experiences.

More Information on NCS here

More Resources

Watch a webcast recording introducing NCS, the #SystemForIoE: Webcast Recording Link

Watch 4 Interpretations of what NCS is capable of: #SystemForIoE Vine Interpretations

Follow the conversation on Twitter by using Hashtag #SystemForIoE and following @CiscoSP360

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