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Saturday, February 07, 2009

Juniper Networks Brings Virtualization to the Core with Industry’s Most Flexible Multi-chassis Routing System

Juniper Networks unveiled a matrix switch for interconnecting core routers into a higher density, more scalable system. The TX Matrix Plus is designed to enable service providers to unite up to 16 core routers into a single 25Tbps system. It can also work with the company’s Juniper Control System (JCS) 1200 to allow the virtualization of routing systems, networks and services to create efficiencies by consolidating networks, services and functionality, Juniper says. A virtualized core is one in which larger routers can be partitioned into multiple routers that might represent services (video traffic or corporate traffic) or network element types (aggregation or core nodes) and--most importantly--can if desired share resources such as interconnecting links and uplinks.

Service Providers today deliver applications through a large number of silo networks (e.g., separate networks for Internet, ATM, Enterprise, FR/ATM, voice, IPTV, VoD, etc.) Convergence of these silo networks to deliver all these services seamlessly has been a priority. However, there are questions about service availability, service consistency, service integrity and security. Virtualization in the core allows service providers to build one physical network, but still deliver all the above requirements. Another important factor is that the services mentioned, are delivered to different sets of customers by different administrative groups within the service provider organization. These groups need visibility, manageability of the network that delivers these revenue generating services. Virtualization delivers clear visibility and manageability to the groups that are responsible to deliver the services.

With huge growth in traffic driven by various factors especially video sites such as YouTube, Video on demand services such as Netflix and large amounts of user generated video traffic is being exchanged by users through applications such as Facebook. Enterprise high definition Video conferencing, Cloud Computing, SaaS etc. are other high bandwidth drivers. Also, with the advent of smart phones, which are nothing short of handheld computers, traffic generated by the wireless users is expected to grow exponentially.

A virtualized core helps service providers move extremely quickly in order to translate changing traffic and market factors into revenue in a timely fashion. These factors include an unpredictable rise in bandwidth, the need to monetize high-value content when it crosses multiple networks, and the ephemeral business models of content providers and network operators. The largest Tier-1 providers and providers of content worldwide are the Juniper customers who have requested IP/MPLS systems of the magnitude announced. The TX Matrix Plus will be available in the third quarter. The OTN interfaces will be available later this quarter. The TX Matrix Plus consists of Line Card Chassis and Switching Card Chassis. The Switch Card Chassis lists at US$300,00, but the price will be dependent on various system configurations and the number of LCC that need to be interconnected. The Line card chassis is a T1600 system, and pricing depends on the interfaces populated on the chassis.

Check out the full press release.

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