IP Core Routing

Scale, efficiency and versatility on a single platform – without compromise. Get a core router as powerful and innovative as the Internet it supports.

Alcatel-Lucent 7950 Extensible Routing System (XRS) portfolio.

 

Rethink Versatility

Core routing approaches today force expensive trade-offs between scale and functionality. Accept no compromises. Address core network growth with a platform that combines scale and capability with the flexibility to address future needs.

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Rethink Scalability

Space is finite. Are you adding more core routers, when what you want is to add capacity in your existing footprint? Grow gracefully with a core router that delivers 5x the density of what's available today.

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Rethink Efficiency

Energy costs are high. So it's frustrating to use more and more power to operate a mounting number of core routers. Get relief with a core router that draws 66% less power than you're used to.

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Rethink Economics

Inefficiency in the core is undermining your profitability. Deploy a core router that reduces your power and space requirements by 50% over a five-year horizon.

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Telefónica
“This collaboration with Alcatel-Lucent is part of a far-reaching network modernization effort which will give us one of the most powerful and efficient IP networks. In order for us to dramatically increase our network capacity and intelligence to address our customers’ fast evolving demands we needed the support of a new, truly disruptive solution. The Alcatel-Lucent XRS met this requirement.”

Enrique Blanco, Global Chief Technology Officer Telefónica Learn More >

BT
"BT is constantly improving our network to deliver new and better broadband services to our consumer and business customers. We've been using Alcatel-Lucent's 7750 Service Router for many years as part of the rollout of the 21CN program across the UK. As we deal with increasing traffic volumes and deliver the growth in cloud services from our data centers, we'll need platforms for our national and metro core networks that scale to 100Gigabit links and beyond. We're also constantly seeking to reduce our physical footprint and power per bit, so we're very encouraged to see Alcatel-Lucent meeting these challenges with the 7950 XRS."

Karl Penaluna, President BT Global Networks and Systems

Current Analysis
The launch of Alcatel-Lucent's 7950 XRS as very positive because it comes at time when service providers need to upgrade their IP core networks to handle continued increases in network traffic driven by high speed broadband, video and mobile data services. The 7950 XRS completes the missing link in the company's IP routing portfolio, expanding on momentum of its popular 7750 SR edge router, leveraging the unique 400G NPU silicon and retaining the same operating system and IP service feature flexibility, but at phenomenal density that intercepts 100G/400G scaling needs of a next generation core network. The new router positions Alcatel-Lucent very well in comparison to alternatives in the IP core segment on performance, scale and flexibility, in a market dominated for the past decade by Cisco and Juniper ."

Glen Hunt, Principal Analyst Transport and Routing Current Analysis

Infonetics Research
"Alcatel-Lucent's new 7950 XRS core router platform appears to address the expansion of core networks without growing both soft and hard operating costs. We expect that service providers will also see direct benefits of the versatility of the 7950 XRS in core/metro/datacenter interconnect networks and include it in their decision process mix as they evaluate how to scale their 100G infrastructure."

Michael Howard, Principal Analyst, Carrier Networks, & Co-Founder Infonetics Research

NTT Communications
"The success of our broadband services worldwide is resulting in rapid traffic growth in our IP network. As we carry more traffic, we have to improve the power & space efficiency of our network infrastructure" said Fumio Ito,Vice President Network Services Technology of NTT Communications. "We are pleased to see innovation from Alcatel-Lucent that brings enhancements to the IP network in terms that might be able to address our operational challenges and costs."

Fumio Ito, Vice President Network Services Technology of NTT Communications

Verizon
"Verizon is experiencing tremendous growth in metro Ethernet services. Platforms such as the Alcatel-Lucent 7950 XRS will help us efficiently scale to support higher speeds and new capabilities while offering efficiency and flexibility. We applaud Alcatel-Lucent for its bold approach to router value and performance."

Ihab Tarazi, Vice President Global IP and Transport Planning and Technology, Verizon

 

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A backbone for a new era

100G links are the new currency of the IP core. Traditional systems grow increasingly more inefficient as they struggle to adapt. Refresh your core with platforms built to embrace 100G - and carry you beyond it.

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Flex metro muscle

The popularity of cloud and video services means you need to distribute content closer to the customer for efficiency and optimal user experience. Equip your metro cores with a powerful platform that has both the scale and flexibility to handle unrelenting growth in traffic and applications.

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Datacenters of power

Interconnect your datacenters efficiently with high-speed links that minimize latency and seamlessly connect your customers to content. Power your datacenters with high-performance and cost-efficient interconnection. Make them a natural extension of your network services.

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The power of FP3
Silicon innovation drives platforms such as the 7950 XRS to deliver unmatched density, scale and power efficiency. The industry's first and only 400G network processor, the in-house developed, highly programmable FP3 chipset is the foundation for Alcatel-Lucent's service provider routing systems. A 400G chipset yields the perfect geometry for full utilization in all possible configurations – which results in the highest density in the market, and lowest space and power requirements.

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The reliability of a proven OS
Deployed by more than 400 service providers, the Service Router Operating System (SR OS) is the preferred OS in some of the world's largest and most resilient IP networks. The SR OS maximizes service scale and delivery with non-stop routing capabilities, and provides consistent monitoring tools across IP, MPLS and Ethernet domains. Add new suites of feature capabilities with a simple in-service software upgrade – expanding the scope of applications in your network without disruption.

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Operational efficiency
The 5620 SAM gives you a powerful end-to-end view of your network. Optimize your core network operations, scenario planning, and troubleshooting at the network, service and control plane levels. And, as you integrate IP and optical domains within the core network, the 5620 SAM gives you increased cross-layer visibility while preserving the flexibility to divide and control workflows.

Read about the benefits of the 5620 SAM in IP core and converged IP/optical core networks.