All The Force, Tiny Footprint… Look Out for The “Antman” of Core Routing
Jun 24, 2015
If you’ve been staying current with the blockbuster movies hitting theaters this year, then you already know that Marvel released a new Avengers movie this spring called “The Age of Ultron.” Like its predecessors, the movie features larger-than-life heroes like the Incredible Hulk once again saving the world.
But not all heroes are incredible like the Hulk—some pack a huge punch in a small package. Take, for instance, the heroes that make up Juniper’s Converged Supercore® Architecture: the PTX5000 router, the PTX3000 router, NorthStar Controller, and optical integration. Working together as a team—much like the Avengers—these solutions have been fighting the twin challenges of traffic and data deluge for providers around the globe while also minimizing operational expenses. This team unity is what binds the Converged Supercore and allows the collective whole to achieve great things.
But every great team has the ability to change—to grow, to evolve, to adapt in the face of new challenges. In the recent Avengers movies, for instance, one of the original members has been suspiciously absent—the hero who actually created Ultron in the comic books. That character is Ant-Man.
Just as Marvel modified the original Avengers story, Juniper is adapting the modern core-networking story to address emerging challenges that providers are facing today. Symbolically, just as Marvel left Ant-Man out of acts one and two of the Avengers saga, so too did Juniper leave out a key member of the PTX Series of products—that is, until now.
Next month, Marvel will introduce Ant-Man to moviegoers as part of their three-phase plan. And today, Juniper is unleashing the world’s first fixed-configuration core router, the PTX1000—a remarkably compact yet powerful device that is the Ant-Man of core routers, compared to the behemoths currently available.
Ant-Man and the PTX1000 share a number of similarities. Ant-Man is one of Marvel’s most brilliant scientists; he learned how to harvest Pym particles, which allows him to shrink to the size of an ant while retaining his man-sized speed, strength, and agility. Likewise, the PTX1000 harnesses all of the physical core router prowess found in the 24 Tbps PTX5000 and 8 Tbps PTX3000 in a highly efficient, down–sized package. Consuming only two rack units, providing 3 Tbps of capacity thanks to the purpose-built ExpressPlus silicon, and using only 0.55 Watts per Gigabit (full duplex), the PTX1000’s miniscule footprint is unprecedented for its size, performance, and deployability.
The similarities between the PTX1000 and Ant-Man don’t end with their compact size. They both also have unique creative freedoms to fight crime. In the past, providers struggling under the weight of growing traffic volumes across many parts of their network only had one core router option: to scale up. With the compact PTX1000, providers now—for the first time—have the freedom to distribute their core architecture out for both WAN and peering applications. This new, unforeseen power expands the applicability of the Converged Supercore across multiple providers. The PTX1000 incorporates the exact same operational experience that customers are accustomed to with PTX5000 and PTX3000—like Ant-Man, it’s a powerful weapon in a tiny, space-efficient package.
A colleague of mine recently wrote about the parallelism between the Converged Supercore Architecture and Iron Man. With the upcoming introduction of Ant-Man and the PTX1000, the Avengers ranks keep growing. And once again, Juniper is helping providers around the world avenge their core networks.