04/27/2021 | News release | Distributed by Public on 04/27/2021 12:30
In just three years, experts predict more than 30 billion devices will connect to the Internet, and consumers will expect their communication service providers to magically deliver connected experiences seamlessly, and in real-time. To handle the task, 400GbE connectivity is a necessity and with the newly announced additions to the Cisco Converged SDN Transport architecture. Communication service providers can ready their networks to deliver these new connected experiences quickly, and at a massive scale.
A key building block of the Cisco Converged SDN Transport architecture, the Cisco NCS 5500 Series delivers better performance, higher density, and exceptional efficiency at a lower cost per port. Launched in 2016, the NCS 5500 has already captured the mindset of forward-thinking web providers transitioning to 100GbE. Most of the NCS 5500 initial orders and deployments were for data center-based WAN aggregation routers. Fast forward to four years later, and the NCS 5500 platform has become the go-to peering and aggregation device-down to the access layer-deployed for everything from mobile backhaul to wireline to cable network aggregation.
What's New: Doubling down on the Next-Generation 400GbE
Part of the NCS 5500 Series family, the NCS 5700, which has the latest ASICs from Broadcom - the StrataDNX™ Jericho2 Series onboard, continues the incredible NCS 5500 Series success story with a new generation of products.
Two-line cards based on the Jericho2 ASICs, and supporting 400GbE interface ports with QSFP-DD optics have been shipping for almost a year now. Their features and benefits include:
Today, we augment the NCS 5700 with two new line cards:
We are also introducing a new route processor specifically engineered to meet the stringent requirements of 5G networks. The NC55-RP2-E - the 3rd generation of route processors for the NCS5500/NCS5700 modular chassis - provides tighter time synchronization capabilities than its predecessor. It supports Class-C timing and is well suited for 5G mobile backhaul aggregation and other time-sensitive applications.
A next-generation DC power supply (NC55-PWR-4.4KW-DC) which provides N+N (feed redundancy) as well as N+1 (power supply redundancy) power redundancy for all variants of modular chassis will be available in the first quarter of CY'21. The new NC55-PWR-4.4KW-DC provides 4400W per power-supply unit, 47% more power than the previous generation DC power supply.
New: Fixed Form Factor Chassis
We are also introducing a new fixed-form factor platform that leverages the Jericho2 silicon chipset. The new NCS57B1-6D24H/5D-SE is a 1RU device with 24 ports of 100GbE (QSFP-DD) and 6 ports of 400GbE QSFP-DD. Supporting Class C timing and MACSec, this new compact device is the perfect fit for the most demanding aggregation environments.
Innovation with Jericho2 does not stop there. We also have plans to leverage the Jericho2c and the Jericho2c+ silicon chipsets.
Coming Soon: A 3RU Compact Design
To strengthen the NCS 5500 platform and its place in service providers' aggregation networks, we will be introducing a next-generation Jericho-2c-powered 3RU device: compact (designed to fit in under 300mm) and flexible with the support of diverse interfaces through MPAs (Modular Port Adaptors) as well as a combination of fixed SFP+, SFP28 and QSFP28 ports up to 2.4 Tbps. This new device also comes with a low power consumption design and supports enhanced features and scale to cater to multiple use cases.
All of these enhancements in speed and capacity are grounded in a platform engineered for flexibility, operational efficiency, TCO savings, and off-the-charts investment protection.
Let's take a closer look at how the 5700 can benefit you:
Broad Optical Support
The broad support of 100G and 400G QSFP-DD ZR/ZR+ optics across the 5500 series portfolio enables communication service providers to address bandwidth demand through a simplified network architecture, e.g. Cisco Routed Optical Networking solution, which reduces both capital and operational expenditures. One critical application of this QSFP-DD form-factor is a high-capacity coherent optical transmission for data center interconnect (DCI) edge networks, which enables peering at a colocation site, aggregation in the access area, and connecting edge computing devices to the metro and long-haul communication service provider networks.
Leveraging IOS XR7
The 5500/5700 systems are not just a hardware play, software matters now more than ever. The NCS 5500/5700 systems leverage Cisco IOS XR7 capabilities including:
Cloud-enhanced by design, IOS XR7 benefits from the real-time analytics and operational insights provided by Cisco Crosswork Cloud. Implementation time is reduced by automated software pre-qualification and cloud-based test procedures, and expanded trust insights and BGP route table monitoring prevent hijacking and help improve security.
Automate and Simplify Your Network
Cisco's implementation of Jericho2 can do so much more in the drive to automate the network and simplify the way you add and manage services, and it all begins at the network architecture and protocols level - where systems like the NCS 5500, and now the 5700, really shine.
To learn more about the new NCS 5700 systems, take a few minutes and tune into Robb Boyd's great ExplaiNerds Podcast, or visit our website: