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Juniper Unveils 2015 Innovations in Routing, Switching and Security
Mar 11, 2015

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“It ain’t braggin’ if it’s the truth.” – Babe Ruth

 

The industry’s most powerful, cost-optimized core routing platform.

 

The world’s most advanced ASIC (application-specific integrated circuit) for networking.

 

The industry’s first silicon leveraging 3D memory architecture to improve density efficiency by 20 times.

 

The first software defined network (SDN) controller capable of automating the control of multiple network layers – IP and optical.

 

The first purpose-built data center aggregation switch family to be powered by Juniper’s organically developed ASIC, offering unparalleled performance, port density and scale to grow cloud networks.

 

The highest port density needed for 100G networks and the most compact 100GE-capable switch available on the market today.

 

The first data center firewall to deliver latency as low as seven microseconds, capable of processing a packet of information literally faster than the blink of an eye.

 

All of these are characteristics of the new innovations in routing, switching and security announced by Juniper today. These are not exaggerations, nor are they hyperbole. They are facts.

 

These new innovations were developed through the lens of the three elements that we believe are key to our customers’ success: Automate. Scale. Create. Three simple words that pack a powerful punch. Automate to drive greater operational efficiencies. Scale to maximize the impact of your capital investment. Create to enable the new services and revenue streams that delight your customers and lead to shareholder value. Our routing, switching and security products are key to achieving this automated, cost-effective scale and enable the service creation our customers need to unleash the full potential of their creativity as a company.

 

When it comes to routing, for us, the Core is the heart of the network and needs to support the explosion of traffic in a way that makes business sense. In our view, silicon is the key to the routers our customers need to accommodate daily data traffic that is expected to expand to more than 4,000 PB per day by 2018 (IDC).

 

As such, our PTX line of routers will be powered by the industry’s first silicon leveraging 3D memory architecture to improve density efficiency by 20 times and will be capable of performing more than 1.5 billion filtered operations per second. If one bit of data equaled one drop of water, that’s the equivalent of the PTX5000 being able to transfer every drop of water in the Indian Ocean in one week. The new silicon also makes our PTX3000 91% smaller than the nearest competitor, yet still having the capacity to stream HD video to Tokyo, the Bay Area, and Los Angeles with enough capacity leftover to also accommodate New York City.

 

To help maximize the efficiency of our customers’ networks, we’re also introducing Northstar, the first SDN controller capable of automating the control of multiple network layers – IP and Optical. Think of it as the SDN version of Waze for the network. It tells you exactly what’s happening with the data on your network, where the traffic jams are and what are the alternative available routes.

 

For switching, networks are rapidly moving from 10G to 40G and ultimately to 100G networks. To enable that transition for our customers, Juniper will offer our QFX10000 line of switches – the first purpose-built data center aggregation switch family to be powered by Juniper’s organically built ASIC, offering unparalleled performance, port density and scale to grow cloud networks. The QFX10000 line offers the highest port density needed for those 100G networks and also has the most compact 100GE-capable switch available on the market today. The line is built on open architecture-based industry standards to provide customers choice and flexibility for their networks and is designed to make network management and provisioning simple and automated.

 

To underscore Juniper’s commitment to automation in switching, Juniper is also announcing Junos® Fusion and EVPN/VXLAN support. Junos Fusion is based on an open architecture, designed for mid-to-large data centers. With Junos Fusion, an entire data center can be managed as a single coherent network, rather than managing elements individually. Junos Fusion makes it easy to automate the scale of deploying new switches resulting in a highly scalable switch fabric through automation. To give you an idea of the scale we are offering our customers with our new innovations in switching, the combination of Junos Fusion, QFX10000, and EVPN could construct a data center capable of offering a virtual machine for every person in the city of London, upwards of 12 million people.

 

Finally, a word on security. Juniper’s approach to security is layered and multi-faceted. Our goal is to ensure both protection and resiliency, and to do so through the use of analytics, security intelligence, multi-threat feeds, and advanced threat protection. Prevention, however, is still key to cyber security; specifically, the use of firewalls. As we share more of our information broadly and use new tools for doing business, our attack surface is increasing. The key is to understand how big your attack surface area is and the best way to minimize attacks to each surface.

 

“Surface area” means data centers, desktop/laptops, mobile devices and apps. Just like there are micro-climates for weather in a compact geographical area, the same dynamic exists for everything connected to a network, only it’s called “micro-segmentation.”

 

Deploying firewalls on a micro-segmented basis can be cumbersome, expensive, slow to update, and rife with sub-par implementations. Automation and orchestration of the distribution of firewalls is key. Juniper provides that with today’s announcement of AppSecure 2.0 for Juniper’s virtual firewall, vSRX (formerly Firefly Perimeter) – application security with automation capabilities between virtual and physical environments. The vSRX portfolio of software-based network and security services supports a variety of network function virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN) solutions such as Juniper Contrail, OpenContrail and third-party SDN solutions.

 

While virtualization and micro-segmentation are key for enabling new architectures in the data center, there is still going to be a need for a physical firewalls for years to come. As such, we have launched Express Path for the SRX5000 family –Juniper’s carrier-grade security devices powered by Junos. With Express Path, customers can now keep pace with today’s massive data traffic processing at critical edges of their network such as data centers and mobile networks. Express Path offers customers a 1 Tbps firewall with an 80% reduction in latency; specifically, it can offer latency as low as seven microseconds. What that means in plain English is that it’s capable of processing a packet of information literally faster than the blink of an eye.

 

Automate. Scale. Create. These are the tenants that have guided the development of all of our innovations announced today in routing, switching, and security. They will continue to be the basis for what we innovate in the future. There will be more “firsts,” more “most advanced,” and more “most powerful.” And like the Babe said, “It ain’t braggin’ if it’s the truth.”

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