How the ACX5000 Addresses Emerging Access and Aggregation Layer Market Drivers
Feb 18, 2015
A new generation of bandwidth consumers—including xDSL/GPON equipment, 4G/5G base stations supporting 10GbE interfaces, and enterprise customers requiring 10GbE UNI service—are all placing greater demands for capacity on access networks.
Compounding the problem, current (such as mobile backhaul) and emerging (such as finance, emerging front haul solutions) networking applications have very strict delay/loss requirements that limit a network operator’s ability to manage bandwidth using traditional techniques (i.e. overbooking or adding links) without adding capacity.
These parallel trends are creating a growing need to upgrade existing Metro Ethernet networks to meet anticipated application and service demands.
The burden is falling largely on service providers, who are not only expected to provide highly reliable service with strict, measurable performance parameters, but also invest in these new network infrastructures while maintaining profitability—and without overspending.
To address these emerging needs and help service providers stabilize their business, the ideal solution would:
Provide highly reliable Metro Ethernet Services (E-LINE, E-LAN, E-TREE, E-ACCESS, E-NNI) as well as IP/IP-VPN services with enforceable SLAs.
Support high-capacity, high-density 1GbE/10GbE access while allowing graceful migration from 1GbE to 10GbE UNI without having to replace existing platforms.
Provide a low CAPEX solution that allows service providers to recover their investments, even if network traffic growth and demand for 10GbE service does not materialize at the predicted pace.
Enable service innovation and customization, allowing service providers to compete and solve unique networking problems.
Offer the flexibility to provision new services over IP/MPLS and/or Ethernet (L2) network infrastructure.
The Answer: Juniper Networks ACX5000
Today, Juniper Networks is introducing a new line of universal access routers that provide just the platform service providers need.
The ACX5000 is a line of high-density, high-capacity, low power consumption 1GbE, 10GbE and 40GbE aggregation routers that provide E-LINE, E-LAN and IP-VPN service for Metro Ethernet aggregation environments.
The ACX5000 routers let service providers deploy cost-effective solutions suited for a new wave of Metro Ethernet applications where 10GbE UNI will rapidly replace 1GbE UNIs for business customers, GPON, and base stations migrating from lower- to the higher-speed interfaces.
The ACX5000 is particularly effective as an aggregation router for various applications such as Enterprise Service, Mobile Backhaul and Triple Play. It is also well suited as a high-end Ethernet aggregation device.
Deploying an ACX5000 gives service providers a high-capacity aggregation Metro Ethernet solution that provides MEF-compliant service (with E-OAM) as well as IP/IP-VPN service all the way to the customer edge. ACX5000 aggregation networks can be deployed on large scale with high reliability thanks to the ACX5000’s logical scaling, high capacity, implementation of network recovery and fast network failure detection protocols and ISSU. The aggregation layer solution can be either Ethernet or IP/MPLS, depending on service provider preferences.
ACX5000 support for transparent clock and very-low fabric latency also enables the deployment of Mobile Backhaul Networks as well as other emerging applications that require low latency and accurate timing. Finally, support for VM architectures enables future deployment of advanced and customized services.
In summary, the ACX5000 line of universal access routers represents a new generation of access platform designed for high-performance, high-capacity and highly demanding service. To learn more, visit the ACX5000 product page.