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New Juniper systems migrate network smarts to the edge

Mon, 10/20/2008 - 8:20am
Brian Santo

Juniper Networks announced its forthcoming Intelligent Services Edge, pushing its intelligent networking closer to the consumer with a portfolio of new hardware and software features.

The ability to converge services across a set of intelligent edge routing platforms will greatly enhance scale, performance and operational efficiency. The company argues that can best be accomplished with a consistent operating system (its own JunOS) and high-performance hardware to flexibly deliver many service types – including broadband routing, voice, multimedia and integrated security, as well as application-level awareness.

The Intelligent Services Edge adds the following advanced edge services:

  • Broadband Services Routing: Extends subscriber management technology from the E-series Broadband Services Routers to the M- and MX-series platforms.
  • Dynamic Application Awareness: Leverages Juniper’s leadership in security and policy management to provide stateful, subscriber-aware application monitoring, enabling advanced, application-specific service levels and QoS treatments.
  • Intrusion Prevention: Provides application layer security leveraging Juniper Networks’ advanced Intrusion Detection and Prevention (IDP) technology.
  • Session Border Control functionality: Manages VoIP and multimedia sessions to ensure QoS and security for VoIP and multimedia applications.

These features will simplify the network edge for service providers, Juniper said, by reducing the number of network elements and operating systems within the network.

This simplification, in turn, should create an environment where services can be implemented more rapidly since integration among network devices, and with back office systems, is minimized.

On the hardware side, for the MX-series Ethernet Services Routers, Juniper is introducing the MultiServices DPC, a high-performance, purpose-built processing engine that will enable customers to run the new JunOS services without impacting the routers’ forwarding performance.

The MX-series will also be enhanced with the addition of a new Flexible PIC Concentrator that provides packet-over-SONET capabilities, using the same OC-48 and OC-192 Physical Interface Cards (PICs) used for the M- and T-series platforms.

Juniper will also enhance the scale and performance of its M-series multi-service routers by extending next-generation packet processing hardware to its M7i and M10i systems. Available on a new forwarding engine board, which can be purchased separately and added non-disruptively to existing chasses, the new hardware will enable customers to leverage existing investments to keep costs at a minimum. With the upgraded processing board, the M7i and M10i can deliver up to 68 percent more capacity, while using 57 percent less power per Gigabit, when compared with competitively sized systems, the company claimed.

The Intelligent Services Edge consists of many new hardware and software innovations available for purchase individually, the first of which are currently available. The full suite of Intelligent Services Edge hardware and software enhancements are expected to be available by Q3 2009.

The approach is already receiving support, with Deutsche Telekom, Nokia Siemens and Telecom Italia expressing approval for it.

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