The ISR G2 hardware was first announced in October 2009, extending the ISR platform that Cisco initially introduced in September 2004.
Lasser-Raab stressed that the ISR-AX bundling is more application aware than the ISR-G2 is out of the box. The ISR-AX includes additional hardware and software modules to enable a full application optimization and visibility tool.
As an analogy, Lasser-Raab compared the new ISR-AX bundle to a McDonalds Happy Meal combo.
“So before it was like you buy the burger, then the fries and the drink to go along with it and by the time you put all pieces together you have a $27 burger,” Lasser-Raab said. “What we’ve done is we have added all the required application capabilities and made the platform more cost effective by bundling the whole solution together.”
Lasser-Raab said that the ISR-AX will have a 20 to 35 percent lower cost than an ISR G2 with the additional standalone modules bought as extra add-ons. The ISR-AX option is set to be available on the existing ISR 3900, 2900 and 1900 ISR G2 models.