Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR) has unveiled a switch fabric upgrade to existing MX Series chassis that will boost switching capacity to 3.8 Tbps. The systems vendor says the new capability enables the largest capacity within the edge router niche.
The upgrade delivers new capabilities to support business, residential and mobile services delivery economically. Upgraded MX Series platforms will consume less than 4 W per gigabit of processed traffic, according to the company. This is one-third the power consumption of competing platforms, Juniper Networks asserts.
As an example, an upgraded MX960 could support 8 million mobile subscribers or 10,000 business virtual private networks (VPNs), according to Juniper. The upgrade is available for the entire MX Series, including Juniper's MobileNext open mobile core platform and MX 3D Universal Edge Routers.
"As one of the world's leading communications providers, Verizon has to build and maintain a robust and flexible infrastructure that delivers the reliability and cost effectiveness our customers require," said Ihab Tarazi, vice president of global network planning at Verizon. "Juniper's MX Series continues to deliver the innovation and scale required for our multitude of next generation consumer and business services while providing the ease of management and flexibility necessary to respond to changing traffic patterns and application demands."
"Networks are becoming more relevant in almost every aspect of our lives and investing in both the enterprise and service provider infrastructure to meet subscriber requirements today while building in the scalability to meet future bandwidth demands is essential for the network economics to hold up," said Ray Mota, managing partner, ACG Research. "Juniper's new capacity for the MX Series addresses the need for a more scalable edge platform in the market today and extends the history of total investment protection that Juniper is traditionally known for."
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