Riverstone 15008 Ethernet Edge Router

Ethernet - Undergoing a Transition

Ethernet in the metro is undergoing a transition, from early adopters that sold bandwidth based services to Tier 1 carriers offering mainstream business and residential data, voice, and video services. With this transition comes a realization that these new services require a platform purpose-built to offer reliability, QOS support and service flexibility.

A platform optimized for the essential multipoint nature of communications and the growing need for higher bandwidth. The Riverstone 15008 Ethernet Edge Router is unique in its focus on these needs, permitting carriers to deploy Ethernet as the universal services infrastructure layer.


RiverStone 15008 Ethernet Edge Router

Riverstone’s 15008 Ethernet Edge Router is exclusively designed to meet the demanding needs of carriers and service providers, from ILECs, PTTs, and IXCs to MSOs, competitive carriers and municipalities. The 15008 blends 10 Gigabit Ethernet routing and switching with advanced services support, fine-grained traffic management, and ultra reliability.

Whether acting as a sophisticated Provider Edge router for high-capacity customers, or scaling the Aggregation and Core of a network with 10 Gigabit trunks, service providers can rely on the 15008 to measure up to stringent next-generation network requirements.

Key Applications

  • Enable Ethernet metropolitan and regional core networks with the highest reliability across software, hardware and protocol layers
  • Provide high-capacity VPLS edge wired router services by offering services customized to each application, using advanced traffic management and Quality of Service
  • Meet the exploding demand for Ethernet services by migrating and scaling existing Ethernet networks to a high-capacity MPLS core
  • Realize the consumer "Triple Play" of Voice, Video and Data with scalable aggregation and core networks for cable, DSL and FTTx networks
  • Next-generation networking with IPv6 routing, MPLS, and advanced tunneling capabilities


The Riverstone 15008 embodies several technological "firsts" including:

  • Programmable ASICs: Software-upgradeable ASICs for adaptability in the hardware forwarding path as networks and standards evolve
  • ROS-X: A distributed, fault-tolerant and modular Operating System for control plane reliability and scalability
  • True multi-service flexibility with concurrent line-rate IPv6, IPv4, MPLS forwarding and Ethernet switching on every port.

ROS-X leverages the customer-proven RapidOS suite of software to provide trusted protocol implementations and the industry's widest array of operational features for large network deployments. Unique Riverstone features like Hitless Protection System (HPS), Service Loop Detection & Prevention and Multi-Layer OAM allow carriers to ensure maximum uptime for valuable service networks.

The Riverstone 15008 achieves its ultra reliability through a combination of full hardware redundancy and the unique ROS-X software architecture. The 15008 hardware architecture is designed to ensure no single point of failure, with redundant switch fabrics, power supplies, control modules and fans.

The ROS-X software platform is built on a distributed, fault-tolerant modular operating system. This unique architecture ensures maximum protection from software failures by isolating and recovering from faults that would traditionally result in a router-wide restart. In addition to platform reliability, the Riverstone 15008 also provides an array of software features like MPLS Fast Reroute, Standby LSPs, OSPF Equal Cost Multi Path and Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol (VRRP), allowing network operators to design high-availability into their networks at all levels.

Supported by the Riverstone Management Center's (RMC) EMS and OSS solutions, the 15008 can be complemented by Riverstone's flexible RS metro router series to provide end-to-end managed solutions across all types of carrier environments.

The Riverstone 15008 is the first 10 Gigabit Ethernet routing platform optimized for the future of carrier networks, not the past. Networks, services, and technologies all undergo transitions, and carriers are architecting the future of their service offerings now. The 15008 plays a key role in this future by reducing ongoing operational costs while minimizing up-front capital expenditures. It permits carriers to offer rapidly provisioned services that reflect the multipoint and dynamically changing nature of communications as opposed to the fixed, hierarchical ways of doing business in the past.