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Cisco Announces Deployment of Gigabit Switch Routers in AOL's TeraPOP

Cisco Routers Selected by World's Leading Internet Online
Aug 18, 1998

Cisco Routers Selected by World's Leading Internet Online Service for High-Speed Connectivity to the Internet

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- August 18, 1998 -- Cisco Systems, Inc. today announced that America Online (AOL), the world's leading Internet online service, has selected the Cisco 12000 series Gigabit Switch Router (GSR) for deployment throughout AOL's TeraPOP, one of the largest Internet traffic exchange points in the world.

The Cisco 12000 series GSR increases the speed and scalability of AOL's Internet backbone, increases dial access aggregation, improves Internet access and connects multiple AOL sites more efficiently.

"When AOL needed to connect their new data center via multiple OC-12 (622 Mbps) links, the Cisco 12000 series with packet-over-SONET technology provided the most efficient engine to complete the job," said Don Listwin, executive vice president of Cisco Systems. "We are extremely pleased with AOL's decision to deploy Cisco's high-end routing technology. By deploying the Cisco 12000 series, AOL effectively increases their backbone bandwidth, delivering faster Internet access and response times to their customers."

"AOL is currently supporting more than 730,000 simultaneous users, more than 18,800 Web hits per second, and continues to experience explosive growth," said Joe Barrett, AOL's vice president of Internet Operations. "With the Cisco 12000 gigabit switch router, we found an excellent solution to position ourselves for continued growth."

AOL deployed the Cisco 12000 GSR to build the TeraPOP, the largest Internet exchange point in the world, to provide its members with the best and fastest Internet access. Using packet-over-SONET technology in the Cisco 12000, AOL continues to increase user capacity and enable quicker response times for all customers.

The Cisco 12000 series enables AOL to have multiple connections and more direct, high-speed connectivity to Internet service providers (ISPs). AOL is also using the Cisco 12000 for inter-site connectivity between data centers and for access to AOLNet, AOL's private dial-up network. This design allows AOL to standardize on packet-over-SONET technology using Cisco IOS. software. Cisco IOS software optimizes the utilization of OC-3 (155 Mbps) through OC-48 (2.4 Gbps) links and router and management costs, while providing a smooth migration to higher speeds.

With extensive redundancy and carrier-compliant equipment standards, the Cisco 12000 series is specifically designed to provide the high availability required by high-speed service provider backbones. The Cisco 12000 GSR provides scalable IP forwarding and services performance in a carrier-class platform, enabling high-speed IP backbones to scale to OC-12 (622 Mbps) and OC-48 (2.4 Gbps). Future GSR technology will support OC-192 (9.6 Gbps). The Cisco 12000 series operates scalable and service-rich Cisco IOS software, providing high-performance queuing and traffic engineering services to support IP quality of service (QoS) offerings.

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