Juniper Networks Inc., a provider of infrastructures for the new public network, announced that the Next Generation Internet Exchange (IX) Consortium has deployed Juniper M-series routers as its core network infrastructure. The compact Juniper M10 and M20 routers provide Next Generation IX with a highly reliable, scalable, and cost-efficient network for deploying multi-protocol label switching (MPLS)-enabled IP services without compromising performance.
Next Generation IX Consortium was formed in Japan to research and implement the Next Generation Internet Exchange (IX). The consortium is made up of more than 70 organizations, and was founded by the Japanese Ministry of Public Management, Home Affairs, Posts and Telecommunications as part of 2001's research and development projects. By using MPLS technology in the inter-domain environment, Next Generation IX can process high-speed and large-volume traffic exchange between Internet service providers (ISPs) efficiently and securely.
According to the Public Management, Home Affairs, Posts and Telecommunications Ministry of Japan, the total number of broadband users in Japan was over 6 million at the end of September 2002. To support this growth, Next Generation IX required a carrier-class core routing platform capable of delivering high-speed routing with uncompromising performance. The software and ASIC-based packet processing features in the M-series platform enable Next Generation IX to provide reliable, wire-speed IP traffic forwarding across its core and edge networks with guaranteed quality-of-service (QoS).
"We are using MPLS technology to build an Internet exchange network capable of evolving to meet tomorrow's network requirements," said Hiroshi Esaki, professor at the Graduate School of Information Sciences and Technology at Tokyo University. "As a result of an extensive evaluation, the Next Generation IX Consortium selected Juniper Networks M-series routers because of its uncompromised performance, proven MPLS solutions, and interoperability within our existing network infrastructure."
More information about the Next Generation IX Consortium can be found at www.distix.net/index.html.en. For more about Juniper Networks, go to the company's website at www.juniper.com.