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Packet-Optical Episode II: MX Awakens

by Juniper Employee ‎12-17-2015 01:51 PM - edited ‎12-17-2015 02:01 PM

The Internet loves rumors. Spoilers. Dirt. Cat videos. The only thing that seems to generate more rumors than an iPhone launch is the release of a new Star Wars movie. I need not remind this audience that the official release is just hours away. If ever there were a reason to call in sick...
 
Spoiler Alert
 
Not to be outdone, the rumor mill has delivered yet another an inside scoop - one far more relevant to this blog: a packet-optical teaser! Our friends at SUNET have provided their own sneak-preview of a new blockbuster: 100G packet-optical on MX!
 
 
Why does packet-optical make sense? Let's hear it straight from the carrier:
 
"To make a very long story short SUNET will build a national carrier-network spanning through the whole of Sweden on leased darkfibre. The optical network is built and owned by SUNET and the unorthodox thing that we will do is that we we will not put any transponders in the optical line-system."
 
What SUNET describes epitomizes the core value of packet-optical: reduce TCO by eliminating the excess cost, rackspace and management of conventional transponders and move all DWDM interfaces into the existing router slots managed via Junos.
 
Clean. Tight. Simple. That's the beauty of packet-optical.
 
 
Coming to a Router Slot Near You 
 
Hopefully this isn't news to readers of this blog. After all, packet-optical on PTX has been available for several years. But packet-optical on MX? That is news.
 
Want more info? You'll need to waiting until opening day...

Comments
by Tobias
on ‎12-30-2015 02:18 PM

This is exciting news! 

 

Just one question,  the MX DWDM 100g interface will be interoperable with the PTX current DWDM interface right? 

by Juniper Employee
on ‎01-08-2016 09:51 AM

Tobias,

 

This is pre-release info, so I can't say too much (yet)... but rest assured there is a 100G cohernet interop solution with PTX. Your Juniper SE can share more details before the public product launch.

 

-Steve

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  • I started work at a router company, moved to an optical company adding MPLS, moved to mobility company, moved to a packet optical company who got bought by a router company. Full Circle!!
  • David Song is a Sr Staff Engineer within Juniper's Optical Engineering team where he is responsible for the design of packet-optical solutions for routing and switching platforms. He joined Juniper in 2004 and has been designing networking software in control plane and data plane on various platforms. Prior to Juniper, he held various software development positions at Ciena and Nortel Networks.
  • David is a Distinguished Engineer in Juniper's Optical Engineering team, having joined Juniper as part of the acquisition of WANDL Inc in January 2014. David is working on routing and optimisation software for multilayer networks to help plan and design networks using the new generation of packet-optical technology from Juniper. In "previous lives", David worked on soliton propagation; diffractive optic device design and network design software and algorithms in the Optics Research Group in BT's Adastral Park Laboratories in Ipswich. He holds a BA and PhD in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge.
  • Steven Keck is a Distinguished Engineer within Juniper's Optical Engineering team where he is responsible for architecture and implementation of packet-optical solutions for routing and switching platforms. Steve has been designing telecom hardware and optical systems for nearly 20 years. Prior to Juniper, he has held positions at Stanford Telecom, StrataLight Communications and Cisco Systems. He holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering from University of the Pacific.