It shouldn’t come as a surprise, but the online video boom is helping Cisco Systems sell a lot of its top-of-the-line CRS-1 routers.
The San Jose-based router and switch maker said that the total global cumulative shipments of CRS-1 Routers have doubled in less than nine months, rising from a total of 900 units shipped through June 2007 to more than 1,800 units shipped through March 2008. This shouldn’t come us a surprise. It was back in June 2007 that irst signs started to point to video (any kind of IP video) as the savior for Cisco.
Cisco predicts that the Internet video traffic will be twenty times the traffic in 2006. They made a bold (and is somewhat self serving) claim that “in 2011, online video will generate 1 billion DVDs worth of traffic each month.” (Source: Cisco’s Global IP Traffic Forecast, 2008)
Even if you discount some of those numbers as corporate hyperbole, there is no denying that Cisco will continue to sell a lot of these mega million dollar monsters.