Cisco AS5350 Universal Gateway
The Cisco® AS5350 Universal Gateway is the only one-rack-unit (1RU) gateway supporting 2-, 4-, or 8-port T1/7-port E1 configurations that provides universal port data, voice, and fax services on any port at any time (Figure 1). The Cisco AS5350 Universal Gateway offers high performance and high reliability in a compact, modular design. This cost-effective platform is ideally suited for Internet service providers (ISPs) and enterprise companies that require innovative universal services.
Cisco Any Service, Any Port
The economic environment is prompting service providers to generate revenues quickly, improve returns from capital investments, and adapt to changing demands for various services in the market place. Cisco Any Service, Any Port (ASAP)—the architecture for rapid deployment of concurrent services on Cisco AS5000 universal gateways—allows service providers to meet these challenges. Cisco ASAP enables faster service introduction using a common platform for quick return on investment (ROI). Service providers can generate new revenue streams from multiple voice and data services such as long-distance voice over IP (VoIP), managed IP telephony, VPNs, and dial-up Internet.
Your Complete Point-of-Presence Solution
The Cisco AS5350 Universal Gateway eliminates the need for switches and routers to create a point of presence (POP) or "POP-in-a-box" solution. The Cisco AS5350 has three primary universal gateway configurations: two Channelized T1(CT1)/Channelized E1(CE1)s, four CT1/CE1s, and eight CT1/seven CE1s. It also includes integrated signaling link termination (SLT) functions for direct connection to a Common Channel Signaling System 7 (SS7/C7) signaling gateway.
The Cisco AS5350 comes with two 10/100 autosensing Ethernet ports, which are ideal for redundancy and firewall applications. Additionally, two high-speed serial ports are provided to support Frame Relay, Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP), and High-Level Data Link Control (HDLC) backhaul. All backhaul interfaces support Hot Standby Router Protocol (HSRP), and all cards and the fan tray are hot-swappable for carrier-class resiliency. The Cisco AS5350 is the only gateway in this form factor that offers universal port capability with these high-availability features.
The Cisco AS5350 also supports widely deployed routing protocols, including those generally found in high-end access servers and routers (for example, Border Gateway Protocol Version 4 [BGPv4], Open Shortest Path First [OSPF], Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol [EIGRP], and Intermediate System-to-Intermediate System [IS-IS] Protocol). This capability allows service providers and enterprises to deploy the Cisco AS5350 as a standalone universal port solution.
Cisco AS5350 Universal Gateway Enables New Cisco Services
The rich set of Cisco IOS® Software features available in the Cisco AS5350 Universal Gateway enables ISP and enterprise network managers to meet traditional dial-in access needs, including Internetwork Packet Exchange (IPX) and AppleTalk, while supporting the migration to new universal port services.
The Cisco AS5350 supports a wide range of IP-based, value-added services such as high-volume Internet access, regional- or branch-office connectivity, corporate VPNs, long distance for ISPs, international wholesale long distance, distributed prepaid calling, SS7 interconnect, wholesale dial and voice, and enhanced voice services. The Cisco AS5350 provides an ideal solution for telephony application service providers (ASPs) that would like to deploy PC-to-phone, voice portals, unified communications, IP teleconferencing, voice-enabled Web commerce, and content delivery services.
Cisco customers worldwide have proven that Cisco AS5000 universal gateways provide the flexibility, scale, reliability, and suite of services required to meet market demands. By providing the industry's broadest family of access server products with universal port digital signal processors (DSPs), Cisco Systems® makes it easy for customers to select the right starting point for a phased rollout based on revenue generation, without compromising future capabilities. Complemented by the industry's highest-rated service and support, Cisco can also provide assistance with startup, maintenance, and marketing tasks, as well as advanced and custom solutions.