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It’s Time to Converge the Core – Live from OFC/NFOEC

by Juniper Employee ‎03-09-2011 07:01 AM - edited ‎03-09-2011 07:01 AM

Last week Juniper Networks announced the industry’s first Converged Supercore for service and content providers and this week, at OFC/NFOEC 2011, we are showing the world how it works. At booth #2539, we are highlighting and demonstrating the company’s new PTX Series Packet Transport Switch, powered by the new purpose-built Junos® Express chipset. Be sure to stop by if you are attending the event. 


The proliferation of mobile smart devices and an increasing shift toward cloud-based and video applications have produced an exponential growth in dynamic and bursty network traffic. We recently introduced a new solution that evolves the core network to accommodate new levels of peak demand while improving the economics of the core network infrastructure. Our demo at OFC/NFOEC showcases how Juniper Networks’ solution collapses the optical, circuit switching, and the IP/MPLS layers of service and content provider networks.


The demo brings life to the concept of the Converged Supercore using two PTX5000 Packet Transport Switches and OTS1000 DWDM shelves providing the optical transport. The OTS1000 optical transport system (shelf, amplifiers and ROADMs) is part of the end-to-end solution that provides transport for the service delivery platforms represented by a T4000 router and MX Series Universal Edge Routers, which are connected to the PTX Series switches using 100GE interfaces.


The two live PTX5000 switches are capable of 480Gbps/slot and are using 2x100GE and 24x10GE interfaces. The T4000 is supporting 1x100GE and 12x10GE interfaces and an MX240 is using a 1x100GE interface – all seamlessly integrated in an end-to-end network managed by a single operating system (Junos®) and a single management system (also on display at the booth).


In addition to demoing the new the PTX Series, a number of Juniper Networks executives and technology innovators are speaking at the show. Pradeep Sindhu, Founder, Vice Chairman and CTO of Juniper Networks, led off The Optical Business Forum and discussed how Juniper Networks’ innovative approach compares to other incremental solutions on the market.  


Pradeep spoke about how the PTX Series came about and highlighted the necessity of driving innovation in the network core. He discussed the need to throw away old network divisions and build a single flat network layer using a new type of network element in order to solve the overwhelming pressures being placed on service providers.  Pradeep also gave a glimpse into Juniper Networks’ innovation engine, walking through how we took a clean sheet of paper, rethought the problem from the beginning, starting with the fundamentals (laws of physics, Pooling principle, and simplicity) and determined the optimal solution with a new partitioning of functionality, extremely high performance and emulated legacy functionality.


Success for service providers depends on an economical and effective model for building and maintaining their core transport networks. Our new architecture blends best-in-class optical transport with industry-leading packet switching in a Converged Supercore, making the best use of both technologies. OFC/NFOEC has been a great setting to display our new solution and show the industry how Juniper Networks can help tackle real service and content provider challenges with our innovative new switching and transport solution.  




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