Cisco introduces new software, hardware suites

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The new software suite, Cisco Quantum, is the result of the integration of more than $1.5 billion in recent acquisitions with in-house innovation

BANGALORE, INDIA: Cisco introduced a new software suite and upgraded its small cell infrastructure platform to help service providers improve wireless connections over 3G and 4G cellular and Wi-Fi networks.

The new software suite, Cisco Quantum, which is the result of the integration of more than $1.5 billion in recent acquisitions with in-house innovation, delivers mobile network intelligence to service providers and enables network programmability, says a release. The new suite includes:

Cisco Quantum Network Abstraction Suite: It provides a real-time network abstraction layer for network data collection, aggregation and orchestration to augment available information in all network decision processes.

Cisco Quantum Policy Suite: It offers a policy management solution that enables service providers to scale, control, monetize and personalize any service on any type of network through a flexible, interactive architecture that supports application-centric policy capabilities.

Cisco Quantum Analytics Suite: It provides business and network analytics capabilities that enable both historical and real-time predictive policy decisions. It includes dashboards for data visualization and programmable interfaces to create system alerts in conjunction with policy.

Cisco Quantum Wide Area Network (WAN) Orchestration Suite: This provides network management tools to simplify capacity and traffic management, increase network efficiency, and reduce operational costs for service providers, particularly in IP/MPLS (Internet Protocol/Multiprotocol Label Switching) environments.

Cisco also introduced new small-cell licensed radio technology. It includes:

Cisco 3G small cell module for Cisco Aironet access points is Wi-Fi compatible and integrates licensed and unlicensed small cells with a plug-in 3G radio for ease of deployment.

Cisco ASR 901S is designed to enable wide-scale deployment of outdoor small cells by extending carrier-class small-cell routing to the outdoor installation pole to break the backhaul bottleneck.

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