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- Feature alignment
Because services and features of the nV technology are provided by the Cisco ASR 9000 host, the ASR 9000v reduces the error-prone and frustrating guesswork of aligning the continuously evolving features, services, and behavior of otherwise independently deployed access and edge systems.
- Flexible topologies
The Cisco ASR 9000v can be deployed adjacent to, or remotely from its ASR 9000 host, enabling applications that require high-density ports, or many remote points of presence. The Cisco ASR 9000v can be directly connected to the ASR 9000, including over a dense wavelength-division multiplexing (DWDM) system, or evolve to operate over other topologies.
- Service scale
By taking advantage of the industry-leading service and network scale of the Cisco ASR 9000 edge system, the ASR 9000v redefines the relationship between service scale and packaging.
The Cisco ASR 9000v can be connected to multiple ASR 9000 redundant hosts. The ASR 9000 control plane extension to the ASR 9000v delivers resiliency to ASR 9000v shelf, access port, and fabric port failures.
- Ease of management
Because the Cisco ASR 9000v is not deployed, configured, upgraded, or integrated into the EMS and NMS system as an independent network element, because the functions provided by the ASR 9000v are minimized relative to a standalone network element, and because ASR 9000v software images are managed through the ASR 9000 software management infrastructure, the management of an ASR 9000v will be dramatically reduced relative to a standalone network element.
- Ultra-low power and footprint
With power requirements comparable to a light bulb and a physical profile comparable to a laptop, the Cisco ASR 9000v delivers the advanced features and services of the ASR 9000 at tiny fraction of the power draw or the footprint of any comparable edge router.
- Front access
The fully front-access Cisco ASR 9000v can be mounted against a wall or cabinet, or even back-to-back with other equipment in a single cabinet with complete serviceability through the front panel.
- Ease of EMS and NMS integration
Because the Cisco ASR 9000 host presents the ASR 9000v to the EMS and NMS as a component of the ASR 9000, and because provisioning, services, and feature processing are delivered by the ASR 9000 host using its existing schema, the incremental effort to integrate the ASR 9000v into a network with the ASR 9000 is dramatically reduced.
- ACT support
The Cisco ASR 9000 Craft Tool (ACT) that is available with Cisco ASR 9000 host provides a graphical representation of the Cisco ASR 9000v status as part of the ASR 9000, as well as administration of the ASR 9000v software.
The Cisco ASR 9000v employs the Cisco ASR 9000 series Network Virtualization (nV) technology. The nV technology revolutionizes networks by integrating access and edge into one nV system. The Cisco ASR 9000v operates as an extension shelf of the Cisco ASR 9000 series Aggregation Services Routers, providing delivery of Cisco ASR 9000 services from the ASR 9000v. This nV technology dramatically lowers operational costs by simplifying the access and edge network, and delivers tremendous service and network scale through the use of the Cisco ASR 9000 distributed control plane and feature processing.
Deployed adjacent to, or remotely from, its Cisco ASR 9000 host, the environmentally hardened, front-access, low-power, ultra-compact Cisco ASR 9000v delivers ASR 9000 services and scale at locations that are otherwise unachievable by either an access system or an edge system. Because the nV technology extends the ASR 9000 control plane and management interface over a fabric port that incorporates the ASR 9000v as a component of the ASR 9000 host, installation, turn-up, Element Management System (EMS) and Network Management System (NMS) integration, and service activation can be accomplished in a matter of minutes.