Cisco ASR Routers
Cisco ASR stands for Aggregation Services Router designed by Cisco which is used primarily for edge routing. These routers provide high bandwidth applications such as streaming audio or video, or video conferencing. The ASR 9000 Series has core routing capabilities as well. The ASR routers can all handle up to 100 G Ethernet.
The ASR series of routers currently consists of the ASR 900 Series, the ASR 1000 Series, the ASR 5000 Series, and the ASR 9000 Series. Generally, Cisco ASR 1000 can be used for enterprise network edges and ASR 9000 can be implemented in the carrier level data centers.
The ASR series provide more features and higher performance levels compared with ISR routers license. ASR routers can manage faster Ethernet and support higher port density, up to 100G port speed. In this family, the ASR 9000 Series is the only router in either series that has core routing capabilities.
The ASR routers’ product instances could be registered on the Cisco Smart Software Manager which handles Cisco smart licenses centrally. Also, for highly-secure environments Cisco ASR PLR license is also available for activating all device features.