Juniper Networks Defines the New Converged Supercore Architecture that Can Dramatically Improve Network Economics for Service and Content Providers

With IP traffic growing in scale and diversity (apps, mobile, cloud) traffic is more dynamic than ever, leading to uncertainty in traffic patterns and volumes through core service provider networks – which usually comprise a 3 layer network of optical, circuit switching, and IP/MPLS, each of which has unique requirements for redundancy, requires independent provisioning, and usually has a separate team managing it.

Juniper Networks has approached this challenge by collapsing layers – resulting in a new converged supercore architecture comprising silicon, systems and software to give unprecedented scale, simplicity, and operational efficiency. The company invested US$40Million to build a Junos Express chipset optimized for transport, which can scale to 3.8 Petabits with optimized MPLS transport logic, unique transport algorithms and full delay bandwidth buffer to manage network congestion. The company also created the purpose-built Juniper PTX Series Converged Supercore Switch - incorporating the efficiency of native MPLS packet switching and integrated optics for high speed, long distance optical transport. With the Converged Supercore, there is no longer a three layered network with three operating systems and three network management platforms: the single Junos operating system runs both the supercore and the services edge and a single state-of-the-art network management system to manage the entire transport network.

The company claims that the combined Junos Express/PTX Series offering delivers 4X the speed of any competitor core platform, 5X the packet processing capability of any competitor core platform, 10X the system scale of any competitor core platform, and industry-leading density at 10G, 40G, and 100G, with integrated short- and long-haul optics; as well as 69% less power consumption than any competitor core platform: to deliver 40-65% capital expenditure (CAPEX) savings compared to a circuit switched network and 35% savings vs. a pure IP routing solution.

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