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Product Line: Cisco ASR 9000 Series
Product Type: Virtualized Services Module
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Product Description

The A9K-VSM-500 is compatible with Cisco ASR 9904, 9006, 9010, 9912, and 9922 routers, featuring a single-slot x86 processor and occupying dimensions of 1.65 x 15.86 x 23.91 inches. It supports both AC power input (100 to 240V, 50 to 60 Hz, 16A) and DC power input (-48 to -60V, -54V, 50A), with a memory capacity of 128 GB and dual 64 GB Serial ATA storage. Designed for high-availability through virtualization, it operates effectively within a temperature range of -40°C to 75°C, a relative humidity of 10% to 90%, and at altitudes from -60m to 4000m, complying with NEBS Level 3 standards and Verizon TEEER criteria.

FAQs for the A9K-VSM-500

  • What Cisco routers are compatible with the router in question?
    The compatible Cisco routers include Cisco ASR 9904, ASR 9006, ASR 9010, ASR 9912, and ASR 9922.
  • Can you specify the processor type used in the Cisco ASR 9000 Series?
    The processor is based on the x86 architecture.
  • How many slots does the unit occupy in a rack?
    It occupies 1 slot.
  • What are the physical dimensions of Cisco's router?
    The dimensions are 1.65 x 15.86 x 23.91 inches (H x W x D).
  • What is the weight of the Cisco ASR 9000 Series router?
    The router weighs 20.06 lbs.
  • What are the power input specifications for AC and DC?
    AC Power Input: 100 to 240V, 50 to 60 Hz, and 16A. DC Power Input: -48 to -60V, -54V, and 50A.
  • What is the maximum operating temperature for the Cisco ASR 9000 Series router?
    The maximum operating temperature is 40 °C.
  • How much memory does the Cisco ASR 9000 Series router come with?
    It comes with 128 GB of memory.
  • What are the storage specifications of the router?
    The storage includes 2 x 64 GB Serial ATA drives.
  • What NEBS standards does the Cisco ASR 9000 Series router meet?
    It meets NEBS SR-3580 (Level 3), GR-1089-CORE, GR-63-CORE, and VZ.TPR.9205 standards.

Product Review

The CISCO A9K-VSM-500 Virtualized Services Module, compatible with a range of Cisco ASR 9000 Series routers, offers a significant advantage in network infrastructure through its ability to occupy just one slot while providing high-level processing capabilities, courtesy of its x86 processor and 40 CPU cores. However, its power consumption, peaking at 850W under maximum load, might be a concern for operations prioritizing energy efficiency. Additionally, its comprehensive support for NEBS Level 3 compliance ensures reliability and safety in challenging environments, making it a suitable choice for deployment in a variety of operational conditions.


The CISCO A9K-VSM-500 is a state-of-the-art virtual services module designed to deliver high performance and scalability for the most demanding network environments. Compatible with a range of Cisco ASR 9000 Series routers, including the ASR 9904, ASR 9006, ASR 9010, ASR 9912, and ASR 9922, this module is versatile and adaptable to various networking needs. It operates on an x86 processor architecture, ensuring efficient processing and management of network tasks. Occupying just one slot within the router chassis, the A9K-VSM-500 is compact, with dimensions of 1.65 x 15.86 x 23.91 inches and a weight of 20.06 lbs, making it a space-efficient choice for network infrastructure. It supports both AC and DC power inputs, with AC ranging from 100 to 240V and DC between -48 to -60V, catering to various electrical setups and ensuring consistent operation across different power sources. The module is designed to operate within a broad range of environmental conditions. It can function at temperatures up to 40 °C and can withstand relative humidity levels from 10% to 90%, ensuring reliability in diverse operating environments. Additionally, it is built to operate effectively at altitudes ranging from -60m to 4000m, offering flexibility for installation in various geographical locations. At the heart of the A9K-VSM-500 are 40 CPU cores, backed by 128 GB of memory, providing ample processing power and memory resources to handle complex network operations. Storage is equally robust, with two 64 GB Serial ATA drives, facilitating efficient data storage and retrieval. The typical power consumption of the module is 750 W at 30 °C, with a maximum power consumption of 850 W at 50 °C, reflecting its energy efficiency and capability to sustain performance under increased thermal conditions. Front panel LEDs offer at-a-glance status monitoring for module activity (Active or Standby) and power management, simplifying maintenance and troubleshooting. This feature ensures network administrators can quickly assess the operational status of the module. Key certifications and standards compliance include NEBS SR-3580 (Level 3), GR-1089-CORE, and GR-63-CORE for electromagnetic compatibility, safety, and physical protection, alongside VZ.TPR.9205 for Verizon TEEER, demonstrating the module's adherence to rigorous industry standards for reliability and performance. -
  • Processor: x86
  • Memory: 128 GB
  • Storage: 2 x 64 GB Serial ATA
The module's redundancy application is focused on achieving high availability through virtualization, ensuring that network services remain uninterrupted and resilient to failures. This approach to redundancy underscores the module's role in supporting critical network infrastructure, where downtime can have significant impacts. In summary, the CISCO A9K-VSM-500 is engineered for performance, reliability, and scalability, offering a comprehensive solution for enhancing network capabilities. Its compatibility with multiple routers, robust processing power, and adherence to strict standards make it an exceptional choice for network operators seeking to optimize their infrastructure for high-demand applications.


Part Number and Manufacturer CISCO A9K-VSM-500
Compatible Routers Cisco ASR 9904, Cisco ASR 9006, Cisco ASR 9010, Cisco ASR 9912, Cisco ASR 9922
CPU Architecture x86
Slot Utilization 1 slot
Dimensions (Height x Width x Depth) 1.65 x 15.86 x 23.91 inches
Mass 20.06 pounds
AC Power Specification 100-240V, 50/60Hz, 16A
DC Power Specification -48V to -60V, nominal -54V, 50A
Peak Operating Temperature 40°C
Humidity Operating Range (Minimum) 10%
Humidity Operating Range (Maximum) 90%
Lowest Storage Temperature -40°C
Highest Storage Temperature 75°C
CPU Core Count 40 cores
Power Usage (Typical) 750W at 30°C
Power Usage (Maximum) 850W at 50°C
Internal Storage 2 x 64GB SATA
Indicators on Front Panel Module Operational Status, Power Status
Operational Altitude Range (Minimum) -60 meters
Operational Altitude Range (Maximum) 4000 meters
Compliance Standards NEBS Level 3, GR-1089-CORE, GR-63-CORE, VZ.TPR.9205
Redundancy Features Virtualization for High Availability

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