[c-nsp] Cisco 8000

James Jun james at towardex.com
Thu Dec 12 09:07:49 EST 2019

On Thu, Dec 12, 2019 at 02:00:21PM +0000, Drew Weaver wrote:
> This is a silly question but why call it the 8000 if it's supposed to be the successor to the 9900?

But it's not.  

8000 is more or less "successor" to NCS 5500 than ASR9K.  But in all seriousness, 8000 seems like Cisco's counter-answer to Juniper QFX10K/PE chip.

NCS 5500 sounds like it will continue to remain as Cisco's merchant silicon networking offering for customers that want it.  So comparable to Juniper's QFX5K line up but with way more functional buffer sizing?

8000 sounds like "low cost per bit, scale up, mid-level features on Cisco owned chip" targeted to compete against QFX10K/new PTX.

ASR9K would remain as run-to-completion high touch platform.  In fact, we've already been informed by our account team that new A99 400GE cards will be shipping soon.


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