This morning, at 8:00 AM PST, Cisco announced something they say will “forever change the internet.” The announcement was a new core router; an upgrade to their existing CRS 1 line of core routers – the CRS 3. This new core router, they say, will lay the foundation to support the next generation internet. The next generation internet will consist of Video, Collaboration Platforms, and Distributed, virtualized architecture.
This new router, CRS 3, triples the capacity of its predecessor, CRS 1, by providing a bandwidth of up to 322 Tera bits per second. This is, Cisco states, 12 times more than their nearest competitor.
With more than 12 times the traffic capacity of the nearest competing system, the Cisco CRS-3 is designed to transform the broadband communication and entertainment industry by accelerating the delivery of compelling new experiences for consumers, new revenue opportunities for service providers, and new ways to collaborate in the workplace.
A poll conducted by international polling firm GlobeScan for BBC World Services between November ’09 and February ’10 found that almost 80% of people interviewed see Internet Access as their fundamental right.
GlobeScan Chairman Doug Miller commented: “Despite worries about privacy and fraud, people around the world see access to the internet as their fundamental right. They think the web is a force for good, and most don’t want governments to regulate it.”
There’s nothing surprising about these findings in my opinion. I share those beliefs, and I think the internet has allowed us to grow in ways that wouldn’t be possible with out it. It has shaped our society and cultures in ways we cannot possible imagine.