Juniper intros 100GbE interface for T Series routers

JUNE 8, 2009 -- The company claims its "industry first" 100GbE router interface will provide the next generation of scaling required to support virtualization and cloud computing.

JUNE 8, 2009 -- Juniper Networks Inc. (search Lightwave for Juniper), which supplies high-performance networking products, has itroduced what it says is the industry's first 100 Gigabit Ethernet (100GbE) 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 factors -- core networks will soon require a new generation of scale; Juniper says 100GbE interfaces will provide an order-of-magnitude increase over the majority of interfaces available today.

Juniper is positioning its T1600 to provide long-term investment protection and scalability and flexibility to fuel revenue from high-capacity services such as Long Term Evolution (LTE) and video. With "a significant increase" in per-link capacity, the 100GbE interface card will enable service providers and data centers to reduce the number of interfaces required in their networks.

"Verizon is targeting 2010 for commercial deployment of 100G," says Glenn Wellbrock, director of optical transport network architecture & design, Verizon (search Lightwave for 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 100GbE 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 100GbE interfaces to the T1600, Juniper is providing the capability to leverage existing assets to scale the core with maximum operational efficiency."

"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," says Tom Nolle, president and chief executive officer, CIMI Corp. (search Lightwave for CIMI Corp.). "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."

Juniper has shipped more than 5,000 T Series to more than 220 customers around the world. According to Synergy Research Group (search Lightwave for Synergy Research Group), in the past five years, Juniper's share of the core routing market has grown by 44%, with the company gaining 11 points of share as others have seen share declines.

"100GbE has always been inevitable, it has just been a question of when -- now trends such as cloud computing, data center consolidation, and virtualization are making the need for 100GbE more acute and urgent than ever before," says Opher Kahane, senior vice president and general manager, High-End Systems Business Unit, Juniper Networks.

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