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IT Business Solutions – Product Spotlight: Cisco ASR 1000 Route Processor 2

Product Overview

The Cisco® ASR 1000 Series Route Processors address the stringent route-processing requirements of carrier-grade IP and Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) packet network infrastructures. They are the central control processors that run the network operating system, provide advanced routing capabilities, and also monitor and manage the other components of the Cisco ASR 1000 Series Aggregation Services Router.

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Features and Benefits

Cisco ASR 1000 Series Route Processors offer the following embedded features:

  • Full range of industry-leading Cisco IOS XE Software features and services
  • Optional redundant-processor and dual Cisco IOS XE Software support for single-route-processor solutions to improve network resiliency
  • Hard disk drive (HDD) or solid state drive (SSD) for code storage, boot, configuration, logs, and so on (HDD or SSD are optional on Cisco ASR 1001, 1001-X, 1001-HX, 1002-X, and 1002-HX)
  • USB ports for 1-GB compact flash memory support
  • Field-replaceable and hot-swappable capabilities with modular route processors for minimal service disruption

As the management processor for the Cisco ASR 1000 Series Router, the RPs automatically perform the following system management functions:

  • Load the operating system software images to all installed line cards upon powering up or through operator commands
  • Synchronize the dynamic state conditions for the redundant Cisco IOS XE Software, the route processor, and ESP components
  • Perform high-availability failover for redundant solutions
  • Provide out-of-band system console and auxiliary ports, USB, and Ethernet ports for router configuration and maintenance
  • Allow direct system access through the operating-system kernel if catastrophic Cisco IOS Software failure occurs
  • Monitor and manage the power and temperature of system components such as line cards, power supplies, and fans