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On March 11th Juniper Networks announced multiple new innovations around scaling the PTX core router, a new range of high density data centre switches and enhancements to our security products. Much of the coverage of these announcements was product centric, so in a world where a lot of the industry buzz is around new areas such as SDN, virtualisation and service agility you may be left thinking “so what?”

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As a super fan, I see Star Wars everywhere: on my phone, the background on my desktop—even my pets are named after Star Wars characters. The movie franchise has even followed me to Juniper, where our engineering organization is known as Juniper Development and Innovation—JDI for short, but we refer to it as “Jedi.” I was recently joking with a colleague, “Now that we are Jedi, we’re going to provide a new hope for our customers.”

 

In fact, I even see a parallel between Star Wars and the plight of service providers, who are facing a drastic rise in the amount and unpredictability of traffic while trying to retain or grow wallet share that is deteriorating due to the declining cost of Internet connectivity. In my mind, this is analogous to the Rebel Alliance facing the reconstruction of a second Death Star (the modern-day Death Star for service providers, of course, being the second wave of Internet growth fueled by mobile, video, and cloud applications).

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PTX3000 – A Worthy Award Winner

by Juniper Employee ‎06-28-2013 06:29 AM - edited ‎06-28-2013 09:44 AM

 

Juniper Networks recently won an award at Interop Tokyo 2013 for its PTX3000 Packet Transport Router. The PTX received the Best of Show Award Special Prize in the Carrier/Service Provider Networking category. A nice award, but the cynical may comment that the PTX3000 is just another router from Juniper Networks. While it does add to the long line of products from Juniper Networks, there are a number of reasons why the PTX3000 stands out and deserves to win the award. Firstly, the product has a unique format for its class of device and opens up where it can be deployed. The chassis is only 26.9 cm (10.6 inches) deep and 97.8 cm (37.5 inches) high, fitting nicely into an ETSI300 [300mm deep] rack; the favoured size for mobile network infrastructure [potentially timely given mobile operators are moving to an all packet network].

 

The out-of-the-box capacity supports 16 x 100 Gbps interface ports; this small router packs a punch. The platform supports 100Gbps DWDM Tuneable optics to collapse the packet and optical network layers, reducing complexity, networks layers and physical equipment. The optics support Coherent MODEM ASIC to provide SD-FEC, for the longest reach possible for transmission on legacy Fibre infrastructure. In my opinion, when you add these features in this size physical format there is no equivalent device in the industry.

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Time for innovation in MPLS, IPv6 and SDN?

by Juniper Employee ‎03-12-2013 01:09 AM - edited ‎03-12-2013 04:38 PM

Looking at the MPLS & Ethernet World Congress agenda, I’m still amazed how after 15th years our industry can still innovate in this area. Well, the (L)abel (S)witching basis of MPLS remain the same but the (M)ulti(P)rotocol piece is, after 15 years, it is much more important now, than ever before. It’s not just IPv4 or IPv6 over MPLS. In fact is not even IP or packets, but also circuits over MPLS. It is also fascinating how over the 15 years MPLS has been here to solve different problems: ATM transport, IP VPNs, Carrier Ethernet, Multicast, Data Center and Cloud connectivity, mobile networks... and now MPLS is getting ready for SDN.

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Did you watch the Olympics or the Paralympics last year? Was it on TV or over the internet?  Or both?  Either way, a lot of what you saw went from one Internet service provider to another (and perhaps through several) before it got to you.  Probably the very first junction point your traffic hit was the London Internet Exchange (LINX). And that is where Juniper played a big part in making sure the images from the Games made it into your home.

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