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Cisco's HFR Gets Mod

Cisco Systems Inc.'s (Nasdaq: CSCO) forthcoming Huge Fast Router (HFR) will mark a departure from the company's IOS software, and that change represents a major shift in Cisco's high-end product offerings, sources say.

As impressive as its hardware might be -- 640 Gbit/s per rack, with OC768 interfaces, according to sources -- the software makes HFR an even bigger deal. Those who've gotten an early look at HFR say it's a major development for Cisco.

"It's not just a bigger router. It's just a piece in the puzzle," says consultant and IP guru Peter Lothberg.

Industry watchers presume Cisco is announcing the HFR at an event scheduled for May 25, as noted by an analyst on yesterday's earnings call (see Cisco Delivers, Sees 5% Growth in Q4). CEO John Chambers ducked the analyst's question about the event, though.

HFR -- or whatever is happening May 25 -- is going to get the Cisco spotlight for the rest of the year. "[May 25] is going to be just the beginning of a series of rolling-thunder types of announcements from Cisco," said Charles Giancarlo, Cisco's senior vice president of product development, in a post-earnings-call interview with Light Reading.

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