Cisco's streamlining strategy

Cisco's streamlining strategy

Both Cisco Systems and Ascend plan to reduce service providers' costs by simplifying network infrastructure. Like Ascend's GX550 switches, Cisco's recently announced devices bring together IP and ATM networks, offer a wide range of interfaces, and use Synchronous Optical Network (SONet) technology. Cisco is also working with dense wave-division multiplexer (DWDM) vendor Ciena on SONet interfaces to link its switches into a DWDM core. But unlike Ascend, Cisco has not announced plans for hardware designed to replace digital cross-connect systems.

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