I took my young nephew Scott to a diner last week, and, as he reviewed the breakfast options, he had trouble finding what he wanted. The small plates were missing some of the extras he was looking forward to, while the large plates had all the extras but the portions were way too big for him. He ended up making a few compromises, and still ended up with more food than he could eat. Scott rightly wondered why ordering a smaller size breakfast meant fewer choices, when what he really wanted was big breakfast choices in a smaller portion.
Unfortunately, sellers in many different markets often confuse ‘small’ with ‘inferior’. Even in our networking industry, customers are often forced to choose between buying a larger capacity router than they need in order to get the advanced features they want, or selecting a smaller capacity router that is appropriately sized for their application but lacks the advanced features they want.
We should expect advanced features in small products
At Juniper, we help you avoid these false choices by deploying the same advanced features across our product lines, from our largest platforms to our smallest. Consider the MX Series Universal Edge Router portfolio, which consists of:
The MX 2000 Series, which has several platforms that scale from 40Tbps through 80Tbps of throughput to help service providers address massive aggregation, edge and core routing demands.
The MX960, MX480 and MX240, which scale from 1.92 Tbps through 10.56Tbps of system capacity, helping service providers flexibly meet aggregation, edge, and core routing requirements.
The MX10003, a compact, cloud grade networking router that provides 2.4Tbps of throughput and ultra-high interface density for long-term investment protection.
The MX104, a highly redundant 160Gbps router that is optimized for mobile backhaul applications.
The MX80 family, four platforms that scale from 40Gbps through 160Gbps of throughput via capitally efficient, ‘pay as you go’ software licenses.
The vMX, a virtual edge router that scales through 200Gbps of throughput via granular perpetual and subscription based license models, and is also available on AWS Cloud and AWS GovCloud.
To this already impressive portfolio, we are pleased to introduce two new, compact platforms; the MX204 and the MX150.
The MX 204 is a compact, full-featured router that is optimized for a wide variety of service provider, mobile, data center, and cloud applications. It delivers an incredible 800 Gbps of throughput—in support of high-density 100GbE, 40GbE, and discrete and breakout 10GbE and 1GbE interfaces—all in a single rack unit. The MX204 helps network operators adopt 100GbE in the edge and metro networks while meeting the stringent timing requirements of mobile and financial applications, without having to deploy much larger and more expensive routers.
On the other end of the spectrum, the MX150 is optimized to efficiently address lower-bandwidth applications, highly distributed architectures, and enterprise WAN use-cases. The MX150 offers 40Gbps of throughput in a single rack-unit, while providing a full feature set and advanced services with high performance. With the MX150, network operators can implement a small router without sacrificing advanced features.
Across this wide-ranging portfolio, all MX Series platforms share a single OS (the Junos OS) and a single programmable silicon architecture (the programmable Trio chipset, or the virtual Trio chipset (vTrio) in the case of the vMX); ensuring that the differences between these platforms are physical only—throughput and density, space and power, modularity. This approach lets our MX customers select the platform that is best suited for their unique business and technical requirements, without having to purchase our largest systems to get all the bells and whistles, and without comprising on features or quality to satisfy lower-bandwidth applications. Our approach gives them the ability to right size without compromise.
Both the MX204 and the MX150 also maintain operational consistency with the broader MX Series portfolio, and like the larger MX platforms, they support advanced technologies like telemetry, the Junos Automation Toolkit and the Juniper Extension Toolkit. These tools help simplify your operations environment, eliminate the potential for human error, speed troubleshooting, and maximize network uptime. Again, selecting a smaller MX Series router doesn’t mean having to accept fewer features.
While choosing the best network elements for your unique business and technical needs is infinitely more complex than the handful of choices Scott made that Saturday, one overarching principle applies to both—more choice, and less compromise—leads to increased satisfaction and better results. With the MX Series portfolio, you can right size without compromise.