100G Ethernet

Juniper's 100G Edge

2:00 PM -- SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Juniper Networks Inc. (NYSE: JNPR) is adding a 100Gbit/s Ethernet interface to the MX 3D edge routers. It's slated for trials next year.

Stefan Dyckerhoff, executive vice president of Juniper's infrastructure group, announced the card this morning at Juniper's analyst day. And for a few precarious seconds, he held the (undoubtedly expensive) card up for the audience. I managed to catch only a blurry photo:

A 100Gbit/s card was part of the MX 3D announcement last October, with indications that it would arrive in 2010, I think. If that recollection is correct, the cards will be a little bit late. (See Juniper Takes Over the Network.)

Dyckerhoff mentioned this as a "first," with a couple of qualifiers. I think it's the first case of modular 100Gbit/s Ethernet interfaces on a vendor's separate core and edge boxes. (Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU), which uses the 7750 Service Router as both, wouldn't qualify as separate.)

— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading

sleinen 12/5/2012 | 4:22:44 PM
re: Juniper's 100G Edge

No problem - we realize that the photo was taken under adverse conditions.  Thanks! So is the plan for this line card to have one (1) 100GE interface?

Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 4:22:40 PM
re: Juniper's 100G Edge

Yep.  The powerpoint slide listed two configurations: 1x100GE plus 20xGE, or 1x100GE plus 2x10GE.  I think Juniper said they could have released a 100G port earlier for the MX 3D but wanted to include services support of some kind...

Thanks for the sympathy.  I think the picture has that surreptitious, taken-from-the-jungle look, like the photo of Kurtz at the beginning of Apocalypse Now.  It certainly does not have the forgot-to-turn-on-the-flash look, no not at all.

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