Cisco – The Future of Internet

On December 11th, Cisco announced the future in five categories.

  1. Silicon
  2. Optics
  3. Software
  4. Systems
  5. Architectures

1. Silicon – Referenced as the “engine to a car”, Silicon One is Cisco’s programmable silicon architecture – Q100. This transistor can handle large buffers, advanced programability and greater bandwidth!

Nerd Knob #1: 10 Tbps carrier-class capability

Finance: Drastically reduces the OpEx industry rate which sits at a 1:5 ratio

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2. Optics – Slower interface speeds could easily cost a solution 10%. With new silicon photonics reaching 400G, the cost per bit can be driven down.

With the hardware becoming more diverse and software driven, we are now going to see an increase in cost on the speed.

Can you imagine? 400GbE connections. That’s an insane amount of data movement.

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3. Software – As Cisco references Silicon as the car, they reference Software as the steering wheel. Their Network Operating System (NOS) becomes an even more critical component in the future of the internet. With Cisco’s IOS XR7, come prioritization on operations. Their goal was to simplify and improve automation tasks with the overarching goal of “zero-touch”. With better efficiencies, comes more complexities. XR7 NOS allows teams to utilize the computer for insights and analytics.

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4. Systems – Continuing the reference – the car. With Cisco 8000 series routers being deployed, we can now bundle the hardware and software for limitless opportunities. Okay, maybe not limitless for long, but definitely a game changer for the immediate future.

Nerd Knob #2:

1 RU Router can support 10.8Tb/s bandwidth…

3 modular form-factor platforms delivering support from 115Tb/s > 260Tb/s

Full Fabric redundancy

Top of the line security – Hardware based “Trustworthiness” for tamper proof control and visibility controlled by Cisco Crosswork Cloud


Reduced power consumption per Gb (4W) which is 1/4th the consumption

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5. Architectures – Everything listed above has been re-imagined with performance, trust and OpEx in mind. By keeping all of this on track, Cisco is reinventing how the internet operates with people and business in mind.

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*This post is not endorsed by Cisco, nor is it a direct reflection of their beliefs and opinions.

Starting Point 2.0 (Eve-NG installation) – 5.3.2019

Umm.. yeah, bro. I had a blog before. I had different priorities at the time, but now I’m back at it. You got beef? Or are you vegan?

Today, I have Eve-NG configured on the Google Cloud Platform… This ended up being a total waste of time. More about this later (See my GNS3 post).

My total cost was roughly $90/month. With me shutting the server down when I didn’t use it, the monthly cost was $20… It became more of a hassle. I deleted my compute instance and moved on.

I subscribed to INE’s All Access Pass. This was great, because for me, I paid $300(ish) about three years ago for their CCNA class, and this meant that I would have all of their classes for $99/month. I plan to have my employer pick up the tab in the new year if I end up liking the subscription.

If you’re installing Eve-NG on Google Cloud Platform, you may need to use the following:

##Community Edition installation repo command
wget -O - | bash -i 

If you’re like me and pre-installed the pro version, then you’ll need this:

## To roll back from EVE-NG Pro to the Community Edition, issue the following commands in the CLI of EVE

> apt install eve-ng eve-ng-guacamole

> systemctl disable docker

> systemctl disable docker.service

> systemctl stop docker.service

> systemctl disable udhcpd

## Reboot EVE

Finally, do not forget about the license files!!