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Get cutting-edge technology and industry-leading functionality with Cisco Networking Software (IOS, XE, XR, and NX-OS). The ability to share software and maintain consistent features while allowing for reusable code, components, and more helps your business, your network, and your teams automate tasks faster and create new services or applications easier than before.

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Networking Software Systems

IOS

IOS

  • Integrates technology, business services, and hardware support
  • Reduces operational spending
  • Optimizes return on investment
  • Improves business productivity

IOS XE

IOS XE

  • Supports next-generation platforms
  • Runs as a single daemon within a modern Linux operating system
  • Separates the data plane and control plane
  • Improved services integration

IOS XR

IOS XR

  • Focuses on the needs of service providers
  • Designed for the dynamic network usage requirements of services
  • Flexible programmability for dynamic reconfiguration

NX-OS

NX-OS

  • Modular and programmable for an agile data center infrastructure
  • Optimized for both physical and virtual data center environments
  • Continuous system operation, permitting maintenance and upgrades

Core Technologies

IPv6

IPv6 expands the number of network address bits from 32 bits (in IPv4) to 128 bits, which provides more than enough globally unique IP addresses for every networked device on the planet.

Cisco Modeling Labs

Cisco Modeling Labs is a scalable and extensible software platform for designing, simulating, and testing network models.

onePK (One Platform Kit)

Discover what's new with Cisco onePK, which helps deliver consistency of features across Cisco platforms, modular components, and more.

Locator/ID Separation Protocol (LISP)

LISP is a routing architecture that provides new semantics for IP addressing.