Juniper Networks Introduces Breakthrough 100 Gigabit Ethernet Interface for T Series Routers

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Juniper Networks, the leader in high-performance networking, today introduced the industry's first 100 Gigabit Ethernet (100 GE) router interface card, which will be delivered on the T1600 Core Router. Driven by rapidly increasing network traffic — with video, advanced wireless services and emerging trends such as cloud computing as key drivers — core networks will soon require a new generation of scale, and 100 GE interfaces will provide an order of magnitude increase over the majority of interfaces available today.

As the first company to introduce 100 GE interfaces on a core router, Juniper Networks is ensuring its T1600 will provide long-term investment protection and the scalability and flexibility needed to fuel revenue from high-capacity services such as Long Term Evolution (LTE) and video. With a significant increase in per-link capacity, Juniper's 100 GE interface card will enable service providers and data centers to reduce the number of interfaces required in their networks, yielding significant gains in simplified topologies and enhanced operational efficiencies — helping to lower total cost of ownership.

"Verizon is targeting 2010 for commercial deployment of 100G," said Glenn Wellbrock, director of Optical Transport Network Architecture & Design, Verizon. "The trials conducted in our network to date have focused on proving that our existing optical transmission systems are ready to support 100G. What has been missing so far is a true 100G client-side core router interface, so we are encouraged to see Juniper announcing 100 GE interfaces for its T1600 routers. Given the growth in our FiOS, wireless and IP services, 100G is critical for the core of the network to scale efficiently and simply. By adding 100 GE interfaces to the T1600, Juniper is providing the capability to leverage existing assets to scale the core with maximum operational efficiency."

The 100 GE interfaces being introduced today will build on — and further enhance — several groundbreaking Juniper core innovations in recent years, including:

  • The T1600 Core Router: introduced in 2007, the T1600 remains the industry's highest capacity single chassis core router, the world's most energy efficient core router, and the only core router with 100 gigabits/second of per-slot capacity
  • Juniper Control System (JCS) 1200: the industry's first — and still the only — high performance control plane scaling platform, which introduced independent scaling of forwarding and control plane resources and hardware-based virtualization for T Series routers
  • TX Matrix Plus: which enables multiple T1600s to be combined with the JCS 1200 to create highly scalable, flexible hardware-based virtualized routers.

Along with these innovations, 100 GE will help wireless and wireline service providers, cloud builders and data centers fully realize the promise of virtualization to consolidate resources, improve efficiency and drive down costs. Juniper is the only company that has announced this unique combination of highly scalable, efficient core routers, large-scale virtualization and 100 GE interfaces—and is therefore uniquely positioned to help customers deliver next generation services such as LTE, Software as a Service (SaaS) and Networks as a Service (NaaS).

"Networking is moving from an era where high-speed trunks were only found deep in the backbone to one where high-speed trunks are needed all the way out to the edge offices. It's moving from a time when capacity only added to your traffic-handling capability to one where capacity is essential in creating a high-QoS fabric for virtualization of applications, servers, and content," said Tom Nolle, president and CEO, CIMI Corporation. "Juniper is adding 100G, and it's adding that capacity inside a broad set of tools to support the kinds of applications and network missions that will make 100G ubiquitous. They're announcing a 100G interface, but they will be delivering a 100G ecosystem."

The innovations listed above, as well as many others, have helped the T Series become the industry's most widely deployed core routing family. Juniper has shipped over 5000 T Series to more than 220 customers around the world — including more than 500 T1600s in just over a year of availability. According to Synergy Research, in the past five years, Juniper's share of the core routing market has grown by 44 percent — with the company gaining 11 points of share as others have seen share declines.1

All of these platforms are powered by JUNOS® Software, a single operating system integrating routing, switching, security and network services from Juniper Networks. By enabling customers and partners to develop applications on JUNOS Software through the Partner Solution Development Platform 2, Juniper allows customers to scale the services plane with unique and customized services. Customers and partners can use the Partner Solution Development Platform to develop and deliver innovative new value-add services for improved productivity and profitability.

"100 GE has always been inevitable, it has just been a question of when — now trends such as cloud networking and computing, data center consolidation and virtualization are making the need for 100 GE more acute and urgent than ever before," said Opher Kahane, senior vice president and general manager, High-End Systems Business Unit, Juniper Networks. "Building on over a decade of groundbreaking achievements in the core, such as the industry's first 100 gigabit-per-slot routers, Juniper is again leading the industry with 100 GE interfaces. This is the type of innovation that drives customers to pick Juniper for their high-performance networks and ensures long-term investment protection."

Juniper will showcase the 100 GE interface card in its booth (5L27) at Interop Tokyo this week, and the 100 GE interface card is expected to be deployed in customer pilot networks before the end of 2009.

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