Evolved Programmable Network (EPN)

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A Programmable, Physical, and Virtual Infrastructure

 The Evolved Programmable Network (EPN) is designed for web-speed agility with an open, elastic, and application centric network infrastructure. It could help you transform and expand your business, and accelerate time to revenue while reducing costs and complexities of deploying new services. The Cisco Evolved Programmable Network (EPN) works together via open APIs with the complementary Cisco Evolved Services Platform to help you realize these goals.

With the Evolved Programmable Network you can:

  • Gain Web-Speed Agility
    That's the result of combiningsoftware-defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV), and open source software technologies.
  • Improve Control over Your Network
    Automate, orchestrate, simplify, and accelerate service delivery
  • Integrate Resources
    Bring together access, network, computing, and storage resources across an elastic fabric of multi-vendor physical and virtual elements
  • Boost Flexibility
    Support higher performing applications and better utilize your network and data center assets.

Cisco Open, Elastic, and Application-Centric Architecture

Cisco Open, Elastic, and Application-Centric Architecture

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Transform Your Infrastructure

Transform Your Infrastructure

Gain network programmability, virtualization, and more with EPN architecture.


  • Core Routing

    Our routers for the backbone of the network provide massive scalability, intelligence, and convergence.

  • Edge Routing

    Cisco edge routers bring you carrier-class reliability, massive capacity and scalability, and nonstop video and mobile experiences.

  • Access and Aggregation Routing and Switching

    Get application intelligence, unified services, nonstop communications, virtualization, integrated security, and simplified manageability.

    • ASR 900 Series Aggregation Router

      • Provides high-performance, carrier-class access and pre-aggregation services
      • Ideal for service providers that deliver carrier Ethernet or mobile backhaul services
      • Offers fully redundant capabilities in a hardened small-form-factor chassis
      • Protects investments with its modular and upgradable design
    • Cisco ME 1200 Series Carrier Ethernet Access Devices

      • Cloud-ready network interface device with software-defined networking (SDN) controller and XML interface
      • "Touchless" interface with virtualization on remote host controller
      • Maximum 10W power consumption for energy efficiency
      • Operations, administration, and maintenance (OAM) features that meet MEF 2.0 standards
      • Precise time distribution and nanosecond accuracy
    • Cisco ME 3600X Series Switches

      • 1 rack-unit, fixed switch that converges wireless and wireline services
      • Ideal for service providers that want to simplify operations and deploy "pay-as-you-grow" business model
      • Delivers premium services with hierarchical quality of service
      • Provides 10 Gbps transport speed for business and mobile applications
    • Cisco ME 3800X Series Switches

      • Cost-effective, 1 rack-unit switch router that facilitates broadband, mobile, and Carrier Ethernet aggregation
      • Ideal for broadband aggregation, and mobile backhaul applications
      • Offers a small footprint, low power consumption, and a high service scale
      • Provides a full-featured platform for remote central office and lower-density aggregation
  • Optical Networking

    Build network transport with Dense Wave Division Multiplexing (DWDM) and Packet Optical Transport Systems.

    • Cisco Network Convergence System 4000 Series Router

      • A highly-scalable, agnostic fabric, supporting shelf and multi-chassis scale to more than 100 Tbps
      • Full optical channel data unit (ODU-0) level switching, with ports supporting SONET/SDH, Ethernet, and channelized OTN
      • Full IP, MPLS, MPLS-Transport Profile (TP), and Carrier Ethernet switching, supporting 10/40/100 Gigabit Ethernet interfaces with optional OTN encapsulation
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