EA-STD-030 Core Routers

Architectural Classification

Technology \ Networks

Standard Specification

Core routers form part of the Core Network backbone, which also contains the high-speed transport media (see Core Network specification).  These routers are used to connect the logical network zones and link to the aggregation layer of the network.


Baseline (Today) Emerging (To track)
  • Cisco Systems (4500 & 6500)
  • Alternate Router solutions
  • Software Defined Networks (SDN)
Tactical (0-3 years) Strategic (3-6 years)
  • Cisco Systems
  • Alternative Router Solutions
  • Cisco Systems
  • Alternative Router Solutions
Retirement (to be removed) Containment (No new development)


Author: Craig Douglas Date: 24/10/2014 Version: 1.0
Document Security Level: PUBLIC 
Document Approvals: Technical Architecture Group

Enterprise Architecture Practice

Enterprise Architecture Board

IT Director


August 2014



Review Date: October 2015

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