Juniper Networks Inc. (Mountain View, CA) announced production availability of its core router--the M160 Internet backbone router. According to the company, the M160 router is the industry's first platform to support 10-Gbit/sec (OC-192c/STM-64) circuits. Ready for immediate deployment in production networks, the M160 router delivers both breakthrough performance for all packet sizes and high reliability under all networking conditions.
Since each OC-192c/STM-64 interface connects to a clear channel 10-Gbps circuit, a fully-loaded M160 router can handle 160-Gbps throughput. In addition, the M160 router offers interface support, including SONET/SDH, Gigabit Ethernet, ATM, and channelized OC-12 to DS-3.
The M160 router is available immediately. An initial system configuration costs $125,000, with interfaces starting at $20,000.
Juniper also announced that GTE Internetworking (GTEI), a unit of GTE Corp., plans to deploy the M160 router with OC-192c/STM-64 interfaces on part of its next-generation OC-192c/STM-64 network. To expand capacity while creating an open, multiservice core, the M160 routers will interoperate with advanced dense wavelength-division multiplexing equipment and the installed base of routers currently deployed in GTEI's 17,000 mile fiber-optic network. Each of the M160 routers will aggregate several OC-48/STM-16 and OC-12/STM-4 links onto GTEI's first OC-192c/STM-64 trunks.