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Juniper unveils new MX routing platform to help service providers deliver modern technologies

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MX Series 5G Universal Routing Platform

Juniper Networks recently unveiled the next generation of its MX routing platform called MX Series 5G Universal Routing Platform, to equip service providers for modern technologies like 5G, IoT, cloud and SD-WAN.

Service providers cite infrastructure costs, complexity of orchestrating a distributed network, and investment protection with data-plane programmability, as their top challenges to deliver the next generation services.

The MX Series 5G Universal Routing Platform will help carrier, cloud and enterprise customers to address these challenges. The new platform will provide vast programmability, cost efficiency, as well as operational simplicity.

“Cloud is eating the world, 5G is ramping up, IoT is presenting a host of new challenges and security teams simply can’t keep up with the sheer volume of cyber-attacks on today’s network. One thing service providers should not have to worry about among all this is the unknown of what lies ahead,” said Manoj Leelanivas, Executive Vice President and Chief Product Officer, Juniper Networks.  “That’s why we’ve continued innovating our flagship MX platform to deliver more speed, flexibility, programmability and security capabilities, giving our customers the peace of mind they need as a variety of demands continue to put pressure on the network.”

For instance, the Juniper Penta Silicon in the new platform provides 50% power efficiency gain over the existing Junos Trio chipset. The efficiency gain will increase the bandwidth for the existing routing platforms by three times.

Juniper Penta will enhance the performance, power efficiency and programmability for the modern technologies.

The new platform also supports a standard hardware accelerated 5G control user-plane separation (CUPS) to enable customers separate evolved packet core user plane (GTP-U) and control plane (GTP-C). It will also allow integration with third-party 5G control planes. Juniper claimed that it can reduce the TCO by up to four times over software-based user planes.

MX10008 and MX10016, the new MX variants in the PTX and QFX Universal Chassis, can reduce the inventory management complexity by up to 80%. Juniper said that the new MX variants will also reduce the operational expenditure.

“We are building on our heritage of eliminating the biggest barriers to routing that have emerged over the past decade and providing a platform that can grow whichever way the world does. Our commitment to removing complexity from routing has made it possible for our customers to connect in ways that have changed the world,” added Manoj Leelanivas.

Also read: Juniper’s OpenContrail now Tungsten Fabric, part of The Linux Foundation

The Penta Silicon is expected to be available in first quarter of 2019, while the CUPS support will be available in first half of 2019. Juniper expects to release the new MX variants later this year.

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