Network solutions vendor, Juniper Networks, has unveiled its new, its fifth generation MX Series 5G Universal Routing Platform along with a variety of software innovations to provide network management with programmability, performance, and flexibility required for rapid service deployment in the cloud economy now and for years to come.
A poll among Juniper Networks’ service provider customers about the top challenges in being able to offer next-generation services like SD-WAN, IoT, and 5G, found the following: more than half (55 percent) of respondents ranked the cost of infrastructure build-out as the No. 1 or 2 challenge; nearly 40 percent of respondents ranked the complexity of orchestrating a distributed network at No. 1 or 2 challenge; and more than half (55 percent) of respondents ranked investment protection with data-plane programmability as the No. 1 or 2 desired feature set to solve those challenges.
To address these challenges and herald the next generation of routing for the coming wave of 5G, IoT and business services, Juniper designed its MX Series 5G Universal Routing platform with new silicon for near-infinite feature programmability, as well as open hardware-accelerated 5G Control and User Plane Separation (CUPS) for high network performance, scale and freedom of choice, with additions to its universal chassis designed for “operational simplicity, improved economics and increased agility.”
With Contrail’s comprehensive automation and “rich” software management overlay capabilities, along with MX’s subscriber management, SPRING, and enhanced real-time performance monitoring telemetry data, the new capabilities would enable customers to create and scale any type of service across a secured and automated distributed cloud in a simplified way.
Juniper Penta Silicon
At the heart of the new MX Series 5G Platform is the new Juniper Penta Silicon, a “next-generation” 16nm service-optimized packet forwarding engine that delivers a 50 percent power efficiency gain (0.5 watts per gigabit) over the existing Junos Trio chipset, which leads to a 3x bandwidth increase for the MX960, MX480 and MX240.
Juniper Penta would enable end-to-end secured connectivity at scale with native support of both MACsec and an IPsec crypto engine that can originate and terminate thousands of IPsec sessions “without sacrificing performance.” Additionally, Juniper Penta supports flexible native Ethernet support (FlexE). Juniper Penta silicon family will power the new MX Series 5G Platform for years to come “by exponentially increasing performance, power efficiency and maintaining industry-leading hardware programmability that can address future innovative protocols.”
“Cloud is eating the world, 5G is ramping up, IoT is presenting a host of new challenges and security teams simply can’t keep up with the sheer volume of cyber attacks on today’s network,” said Manoj Leelanivas, Executive Vice President and Chief Product Officer, Juniper Networks. “One thing service providers should not have to worry about among all this is the unknown of what lies ahead. That’s why we’ve continued innovating our flagship MX platform to deliver more speed, flexibility, programmability, and security capabilities, giving our customers the peace of mind they need as a variety of demands continue to put pressure on the network. We are building on our heritage of eliminating the biggest barriers to routing that have emerged over the past decade and providing a platform that can grow whichever way the world does.”