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Juniper Networks Unveils Powerful Core Routing Platform


Juniper Networks introduced its enhanced Converged Supercore, which includes new custom silicon, updates to the Juniper Networks PTX Series router and expanded software-defined networking (SDN) capabilities. These new innovations will empower service providers to better connect a world amid explosive and unpredictable bandwidth demands. By combining the industry’s most advanced silicon with increased scale and SDN programmability, Juniper will deliver the most powerful and optimized core routing platform available – all in the industry’s most cost-effective and compact form factor.

Nearly half of the world’s population is connected to the Internet – a figure that will only continue to grow as more countries begin expanding mobile and fixed-line networks. Unfortunately, today’s methods of coping with this data deluge can prove costly and cumbersome. With today’s announcement, Juniper is building on its heritage of revolutionizing routing fundamentals and economics by setting new records for high-performance and traffic optimization by combining software, silicon and systems advancements to usher in the next generation of communications networks.

Juniper’s new ExpressPlus custom silicon sits at the heart of the Converged Supercore to offer full IP routing and MPLS. The new ExpressPlus silicon will deliver 4 times the performance and 3 times the efficiency gains over Juniper’s previous-generation Express chipset. Juniper’s new chip is the world’s most advanced silicon, capable of performing more than 1.5 billion filtered operations per second and scaling up to 500 Gbps (1Tbps half-duplex). The 28 nanometer chip can drive 5x100G interfaces and leverages 3D memory architecture, reducing its physical footprint by 20 times compared with previous solutions, which optimizes power consumption and space requirements.

New line cards for Juniper’s PTX Series core routers bring unprecedented levels of scale, capabilities and cost control to the network. Juniper’s PTX routers, featuring the new ExpressPlus silicon, combine full IP and MPLS functionality, transport integration and SDN programmability for uncompromised performance and ease of deployment.

With the PTX5000, Juniper can now deliver 3 Tbps per slot (30x100GE interfaces) for a total capacity of 24 Tbps (48 Tbps half-duplex), providing three times the competition’s throughput with industry-leading energy efficiency (1/2 watt per gigabit). Juniper Networks® PTX3000, designed specifically for space-constrained environments, can scale up to 8 Tbps or (16Tbps half-duplex) in a form factor 91 percent smaller than its nearest competitor. With this added level of performance, the PTX5000 could, for example, simultaneously stream HD video to every single person in Rio de Janeiro – and do so on the same amount of power it takes to drive an electric vehicle 35 miles.

Juniper also announced that it has extended the capabilities of its NorthStar Controller. These enhancements will provide visibility and control into additional layers of the network and fully support and handle dynamic traffic, such as that driven by mobile and cloud applications. As the industry’s only traffic-engineering controller capable of automatically controlling and programming multiple network layers, the NorthStar Controller will enable service providers to increase utilization by dynamically adjusting to changing network conditions in real-time and at the click of a button.

For many years, the network core was considered too manual, too rigid and too complex to adjust. This limited the ability to change the core to adjust to new services for fear of crippling the entire network. With today’s announcement, Juniper is bringing unprecedented levels of scale, automation and programmability to transform the network core into an agile platform to unleash new levels of efficiency for flexible service creation.

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