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Company’s Flagship Routing Platform Deployed in 92 Percent of Top Global Service Providers and More than Half of Top 10 Enterprises

December 08, 2015

SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Juniper Networks (NYSE:JNPR), the industry leader in network innovation, today announced improvements in the performance, density and operational efficiency of its SDN-ready Juniper Networks MX Series 3D Universal Edge Routing portfolio with new hardware and software features that triple throughput and enable network automation. With these capabilities, the industry’s highest performing edge router delivers the scale and automation that service providers and cloud operators require to bolster the economics of next-generation networks.

Consumer and business appetite for HD video, cloud services and always-on collaboration tools have forced network operators to add unprecedented levels of capacity to their infrastructure, all while trying to remain profitable. At the same time, large enterprises are building increasingly sophisticated networks to enable the deployment of hybrid clouds and flexible wide-area networks, creating a situation where IT is a competitive advantage. In order to remain relevant in today’s extremely competitive marketplace, customers intimately understand that throwing more terabits at the problem alone will not solve things; but rather, they must also use new tools that automate manual, innovation-stifling tasks and allow for further programmability within the network to improve operations and service velocity.

Today’s announcement marks an important milestone in the nine-year evolution of the MX Series, which has pioneered many routing innovations since its inception in 2006, including the introduction of the industry’s highest capacity edge router with the MX2020 in 2012 and the first full-featured, carrier-grade virtual router with the vMX in 2014. To date, Juniper Networks® has sold an MX Series router every hour since the series was unveiled in 2006. More than 90 percent of the 50 largest telecom companies today use MX Series routers in their networks, and with today’s new hardware and software upgrades, we believe these companies will continue to meet their customers’ demands for years to come.

The MX Series, powered by programmable Trio silicon and the Juniper Networks Junos software, gives customers investment protection and offers a network application development platform that seamlessly integrates with evolving SDN and NFV solutions.

News Highlights

Juniper Networks continues to set a new bar for performance, capacity and automation with the following advancements for the MX Series:

  • New MX Series line cards: The new MPC7, MPC8 and MPC9 line cards, all powered by programmable Trio silicon, provide high-density network connectivity and unmatched bandwidth, subscriber and services scale. The 400 GbE-ready MPC9 provides an industry-leading 1.6 Tbps of throughput, enabling a single MX2020 to scale to 32 Tbps of throughput, enough to stream more than 2 million 4K videos simultaneously. Additionally, the new MPC7 doubles the performance and density of all currently installed MX240, MX480 and MX960 routers, providing customers with unprecedented investment protection.
  • Juniper Extension Toolkit (JET), which uses open application programming interfaces (APIs), yields new automation capabilities in the carrier-class Junos software. JET provides a programmatic interface to develop highly customized third-party applications, such as provisioning and self-healing capabilities. These applications can reside on or off the MX2010 or MX2020 to seamlessly interact with the network layer. Not limited to the MX Series, JET is available on all Juniper platforms that run Junos software. In addition, JET includes support for OpenConfig, a standardized, vendor-independent configuration and management capability with customizable YANG data models for flexible vendor integration.
  • Junos Telemetry Interface: The industry’s first high-frequency telemetry export function on a networking platform to optimize network performance and fault management. Junos Telemetry Interface facilitates SDN/NFV migrations by synchronizing operational states to external controllers. Advanced analytics and real-time data correlation to deliver real-time reporting at scale are made possible through advanced technologies from companies like SevOne, a leading global provider of digital infrastructure management solutions.

MPC7, MPC8 and MPC9 line cards, Juniper Extension Toolkit with OpenConfig support and Junos Telemetry Interface are expected to be available in 1H 2016.

Supporting Quotes

“Customers rely on Axians for innovative network solutions to improve their business and gain a competitive advantage. To achieve this, we advocate the MX Series 3D Universal Edge Routers from Juniper Networks, which we successfully deploy in our customers’ networks. The reason why the MX Series has proven so popular is largely due to the continuous technology improvements made in terms of scale, performance and reliability. This provides the ideal choice for us to support the application of innovative services being created and deployed within our customers’ networks.”
-David Millar, services director at Axians

“As trusted network experts dedicated to providing service provider customers with infrastructure solutions that deliver maximum business value, the MX Series has consistently remained a top tool in our arsenal throughout the years. Given that the focus of enfoPoint’s business is designing, implementing and maintaining high-availability infrastructures for mission-critical networks, there is literally no room for error. The MX's performance, capacity and advanced feature set allow us to architect networks that deliver reliable performance year after year. In the many years we’ve had it in our product portfolio, I’ve never had to apologize for selling an MX.”
-Tom Spear, chief executive officer at enfoPoint

“As a long-term customer of Juniper security and switching products, we closely follow the continuous innovation demonstrated by the MX series routers as a complement to our end-to-end network strategy. Through its own interoperability testing, Expedient validated that the platform can deliver the features, performance and scalability required by the demands of our network growth trajectory. Additionally, our vision of converged network service automation is supported by the API capabilities of the Junos Extension Toolkit, which will enable us to meet the evolving expectations of our data center and cloud customers for years to come.”
-Dan Pregman, director of Network Planning and Architecture at Expedient

“The ability to deliver innovative high-quality services rapidly is an advantage that differentiates us in our competitive marketplace. With its service agility and advanced automation features, the MX Series has helped us build tremendous momentum with our highly differentiated strategy to expand cloud networking services to multinational clients, to extend network connectivity to any location in the world and any application in the cloud, and to deliver an outstanding client experience by living our core values of simplicity, speed and agility.”
-Bob Burris, senior vice president of Global Engineering and Operations at GTT

“We have used the MX Series 3D Universal Edge Routers and Junos software for many years, and the continuous stream of improvements to scale, performance and reliability not only enable us to meet today’s requirements, they will also allow us to efficiently meet increasing customer demand for years to come, without disrupting our operations environment.”
-Junichi Shimagami, Director and CTO at Internet Initiative Japan Inc.

“In the last couple of years, the networking landscape has changed dramatically and the ability to provision infrastructure and manage the network effectively is made possible through software and automation. Couple that with the ability to derive real-time analytics and data insights from the network in order to make informed decisions that impact the end user experience and the network becomes an extremely powerful platform that can help drive business decision-making processes. As a global managed data center service provider, the network sits at the heart of our business and we need a combination of network performance and intelligence that Juniper is able to provide. Today’s advancements in MX performance and new Junos automation capabilities speak directly to ServerCentral’s needs and we look forward to continuing our long-standing relationship with Juniper.”
-Alex Latzko, lead network engineer at ServerCentral

“As a leading broadband services company, our customers rely on us for innovative services that improve the ways in which they live and work. We use the MX Series 3D Universal Edge Routers and Junos software to maintain a reliable, high performance and scalable network infrastructure with the agility to adapt at the speed of our business, and are pleased with the continued evolution of the MX Series to meet the increasing demands of digital transformation.”
-Ove Tøien, manager of IP engineering at Telenor Norway

“Providing exceptional value to our customers means we must maintain a cutting-edge network while keeping costs to a minimum. The MX Series helps us achieve these goals while delivering the compelling services our customers expect. The scale and service agility of the MX Series helps us achieve these goals by consolidating services and functions—such as edge and core routing—on a single platform. This improves our capital and operational efficiency and results in real savings we can pass along to customers.”
-Jide Akintola, head of Network Engineering and Design at TMX Atrium

"We adopted the MX Series as our edge router years ago, and we are very pleased that Juniper continues to evolve the platform in ways that meet our current and emerging business and market requirements. The MX Series enables us to deliver the innovative services our customers want at the scale our business demands.”
- Nasrudin Abd Shukor, Director of ICT at Universiti Malaysia Perlis

“When a client comes in asking for a solution that provides long-term investment protection, I immediately think of Juniper’s MX Series. As a national distributor of high quality network solutions for the telecom industry, we work with a variety of clients from wireless providers to government entities and for all of them, performance and future-proofed capacity are paramount. Whether it be a new network roll-out or an addition to an existing implementation, the MX Series provides our clients with the best combination of performance and investment protection to power their networks today and into tomorrow.”
-Jerry Jones, field systems engineer at Walker and Associates

“We believe the current generation of high capacity core and edge routers will be used for some time as the detailed steps of the SDN-NFV transformation are defined by each service provider. Service providers have already been deploying Juniper’s SDN-ready MX Series as physical and virtual routers in live networks as they move to SDN- and NFV-based networks, as also evidenced by Juniper’s No. 2 position in 3Q15 worldwide market share in service provider routing revenue.”
-Michael Howard, senior research director at IHS Infonetics

“You know you’re onto something when you have a platform that has continually outpaced Moore’s Law since the first MX shipped in 2006. As Juniper’s flagship edge routing platform, the MX Series is the market leader in feature availability, use case support, performance, reliability, scale, and now, with the addition of advanced Junos software features, we are extending our automation capabilities. In an industry that’s constantly touting the ‘new,’ it’s important to remember that customers are making significant technology investments with the expectation that it will continue to deliver ROI for many years. With the MX Series, we believe customers can invest with the confidence that the platform will exceed requirements for future network demands.”
-Jonathan Davidson, executive vice president and general manager, Juniper Development and Innovation

Additional Resources

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Media Relations:
Juniper Networks
Jennifer Miu, 408-936-6438
jmiu@juniper.net


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