Japanese R&D agency employs Juniper core virtualization technology

JULY 7, 2009 -- The JGN2plus network is supported by Juniper Networks' T1600 routing platform and JCS 1200 control system.

JULY 7, 2009 -- Juniper Networks Inc. (search Lightwave for Juniper Networks), a supplier of high-performance networking products, has announced that Japan's National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) has achieved a technological breakthrough by using virtualization to improve the efficiency of its new-generation, ultrahigh-speed test-bed research network, JGN2plus, with Juniper's T1600 core routing platform and JCS 1200 control system. Juniper Networks provided NICT with the technology to build virtualized core routers.

"We built a highly reliable virtualized core network that enabled us to increase efficiency and flexibility," says Professor Kazumasa Kobayashi, operation leader for JGN2plus. "When implementing virtualization, it is critical to maintain router independence, especially in test-bed networks such as JGN2plus, and the Juniper Networks JCS 1200 and T1600 enable us to create virtualized routers that maintain the appropriate levels of administrative and service-specific separation while still recognizing the significant efficiency and cost-savings benefits of virtualization."

At the 2009 Sapporo Snow Festival, the JGN2plus research and education network was used to distribute live television and data feeds in HD format between the festival studio and six broadcasting stations nationwide, as well as to home digital TVs, via the Panasonic Center in Tokyo.

NICT is the sole national research institution in Japan in the information and communications field. NICT strives to advance the fields by both promoting its own R&D centers and cooperating with supporting outside parties. The agency has been operating JGN2plus since April 2008.

Juniper says its T1600 multiterabit core router enables service providers to increase network capacity in line with escalating service demands without adding incremental systems to the network so that they can speed new service deployment, deliver a superior end-user experience, and maximize their existing T-series investments. With interface speeds from 10GbE to 100GbE, the T1600 is said to deliver 1.6-Tbps capacity with 40% less power consumption compared to competitive platforms.

The JCS1200 is a system for scaling the control plane of routers and allowing the clean partitioning of services or network elements. It allows increased control of services, rapid service enablement, and high operational efficiency. All T-series routers as well as the JCS 1200 run on JUNOS software, a single-source operating system that the company says enables consistent operations and network scale without disruption, as well as interoperability and service agility.

"Juniper's virtualized core routing solution translates into more efficient, flexible, and powerful networks that service providers can leverage for innovative, revenue-generating services," says Matt Kolon, chief technology officer, APAC, Juniper Networks.

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