Juniper Networks introduced a 100 Gigabit Ethernet router interface card, which will work with its T1600 Core Router.

The 100 GE interface, which the company believes is the first available for a core router, will provide an order of magnitude increase over the majority of interfaces available today.

With the increase in per-link capacity, Juniper’s 100 GE interface card should enable service providers and data centers to reduce the number of interfaces required in their networks, yielding significant gains in simplified topologies and enhanced operational efficiencies. In turn, that should help to lower total cost of ownership.

“Verizon is targeting 2010 for commercial deployment of 100G,” said Glenn Wellbrock, director of optical transport network architecture and design 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 100 GE 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 100 GE interfaces to the T1600, Juniper is providing the capability to leverage existing assets to scale the core with maximum operational efficiency.”

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