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Cisco 8000 Series Routers

Support the internet for the future with a new class of routing

Cisco 8000 Series Routers are cloud-enhanced systems powered by groundbreaking Cisco Silicon One™ application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs). These systems deliver the routing performance and functionality that scale to meet the needs of critical infrastructure.


Performance for the next decade

Cisco 8000 Series Routers have the capability to redefine the economics of the internet. They provide breakthrough density and massive scale, building the foundation of a new network for the next decade.

  • 400G optimized platforms that scale from 10.8 Tbps to 260 Tbps.
  • Design flexibility with up to 648 port configurations that support 100G or 400G throughput.
  • Distinguished from system-on-chip (SoC) designs with support for full routing functionality on a single ASIC.
  • Fully featured carrier-grade routing platform delivers superior density, performance, scalability, and buffering.

Simplified operations

The Cisco 8000 Series Routers provide massive capacity in high-density designs, allowing communication service providers to reduce operational footprints, lower carbon emissions, and evolve to more efficient network architectures.

  • Cloud-enhanced design for easier integration with orchestration and management tools.
  • Common architecture and designs across modular and fixed routers provide topological regularity, scalability, and operational simplicity.
  • Real-time telemetry feeds for improved network visibility and control.
  • New fabric-based architectures for easy scale out and higher resiliency.

Proactive security

Cisco 8000 Series Routers enhance security by enabling you to measure, audit, verify, and enforce the trustworthiness of your critical infrastructure.

  • A hardware root of trust based on Trusted Computing Group (TCG) and IEEE 802.1 AR standards.
  • Cisco’s Chip Guard monitors the fingerprints of the physical components to validate that no counterfeit items have been introduced to the unit.
  • Every software image downloaded from Cisco is cryptographically signed using private keys.
  • Cisco 8100 and 8200 routers are FIPS 140-2 Level 2 compliant and support advanced security features to ensure platform and OS integrity.


The Cisco 8000 Series, based on the breakthrough Cisco Silicon One ASIC, is a high-performance power-efficient platform of routers that can meet the demands of the network.

Award-winning innovation

Cisco 8000 Series Routers earn Best of Show Award
for Network Infrastructure at Interop Tokyo.

Product series

Cisco 8100 routers

A fixed platform with up to 12.8 Tbps of capacity and optimized to reduce rack space and power costs.

  • Chassis form: Fixed
  • Bandwidth: 6.4 to 12.8 Tbps
  • Available ports:
    32 QSFP28 100 GbE;
    32 QSFP56-DD 400 GbE;
    64 QSFP28 100 GbE
  • Height: 1 RU, 2 RU

Cisco 8200 routers

A fixed platform with 12.8 Tbps of capacity for deployment in space and power constrained facilities.

  • Chassis form: Fixed
  • Bandwidth: 12.8 Tbps
  • Available ports:
    Up to 32 QSFP56-DD 400 GbE with MACsec
  • Height: 1 RU, 2 RU


Cisco 8600 routers

A centralized platform with 12.8 Tbps of capacity offering both redundancy and interface diversity in a smaller form factor.

  • Chassis form: Centralized
  • Bandwidth: 12.8 Tbps
  • Available ports:
    4 QSFP-DD 400 GbE;
    24 SFP56 10/25/50 GbE;
    16 QSFP28 100 GbE or
    12 QSFP28 100 GbE + 1 QSFP-DD 400 GbE or
    8 QSFP28 100 GbE + 2 QSFP-DD 400 GbE
  • Height: 7 RU


Cisco 8800 routers

A high-performance, high-density modular platform with up to 259.2 Tbps of capacity that can consolidate the number of routers needed and reduce overall complexity.

  • Chassis form: Modular
  • Bandwidth: Up to 259.2 Tbps
  • Available ports:
    36 QSFP56-DD 400 GbE;
    48 QSFP28 100 GbE with MACsec
  • Height: 16 RU (8 slots), 21 RU (12 slots), 33 RU (18 slots)

Integrated innovations

Modernized network operating system

The Cisco 8000 Series Routers utilize the IOS XR operating system platform to simplify operations for users and help reduce complexity.

  • Reduce OpEx with customization based on the features you need rather than forcing a ''one-size-fits-all'' approach.
  • Ease delivery and deployment with simplified installation procedures.
  • Facilitate integration of orchestration and management tools thanks to a wide variety of open APIs.

Next-generation silicon design

Cisco Silicon One provides the performance and efficiency of switching with the scale, buffering, programmability, and carrier-class features of routing.

  • Unified architecture provides for accelerated innovation and service deployments.
  • More than twice the network bandwidth in a single ASIC than any other routing silicon.
  • Delivers consistent features, services, and telemetry across network roles, including full-featured router-on-a-chip, line card network processor, or fabric element in a modular router.

Use cases

Cisco 8000 Series Routers have the flexibility to be deployed in a variety of use cases and roles.

Mass-scale infrastructure for dense core

Scale and simplify backbone and metro core networks.

Mass-scale infrastructure for cloud

Simplification and scalability for the cloud data center.

Flexible deployment and services

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Open networking

The Cisco 8000 family supports running Software for Open Networking in the Cloud (SONiC).


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