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Juniper Mounts Pulpit for IP Services

Juniper Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: JNPR) today (Tuesday) announced a series of hardware and software enhancements to its router line that are intended to make it easier for carriers to turn bits and bytes into dollars and cents.

The software upgrades allow carriers to use MPLS (multiprotocol label switching) to set up virtual private networks (VPNs) over IP-routed networks. Routing functions among VPNs are handled via BGP (Border Gateway Protocol). The combination of these technologies, the company claims, will allow service providers to retain the advantages of ATM and Frame Relay networks -- such as detailed billing and quality of service -- over an IP infrastructure. Juniper is also announcing features that allow service providers to set up “accounting profiles” that collect statistics for accounting and billing applications -- all the way down to the level of individual users.

On the hardware side, Juniper is announcing three new interfaces. The first is a channelized STM1-to-E1 card that permits as many as 63 E1 (2.048 Mbit/s) connections to be aggregated onto a single high-capacity optical connection. The second is a long-haul gigabit-Ethernet interface supporting links up to 70 kilometers. The third is a multilink PPP card that allows service providers to multiplex low-speed connections for greater throughput.

"We're moving beyond IP connectivity and networking to allow service providers to focus on building infrastructure to generate revenue," says Carl Showalter, vice president of marketing at Juniper.

It's persuasive schtick. The only problem is that Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) offers equivalent features on its router platforms. Juniper claims that its capabilities will be easier to implement than Cisco's, for two reasons. First, all heavy-duty processing will be performed on its Internet Processor II ASICs, which Juniper claims will ensure that network performance remains high. Second, the various features can be added to networks via a single software download of the latest version of the Junos routing code, which runs across all of Juniper's platforms.

It's too early to say how these claims will play out in the real world, although Juniper already has one key account preparing to deploy the new functions: Global Crossing Ltd. (NYSE: GX), which has said that it plans a worldwide rollout of VPN services based on the technology.

In the mean time, sources have told Light Reading that an even bigger announcement is imminent: 40-Gbit/s interfaces for Juniper's core routers (see Juniper to Announce 40-Gig Strategy?).

— Stephen Saunders, Founding Editor, Light Reading
http://www.lightreading.com
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Belzebutt 12/4/2012 | 8:25:58 PM
re: Juniper Mounts Pulpit for IP Services "It's too early to say how these claims will play out in the real world, although Juniper already has one key account preparing to deploy the new functions"

Correct me if I'm wrong but this may be the first time Juniper announces something that's not already deployed in a customer network. Is this article phrased wrong, or is Juniper feeling the pressure and has started to announce stuff ahead of time like everyone else?
beowulf 12/4/2012 | 8:25:52 PM
re: Juniper Mounts Pulpit for IP Services Further to that I can assure you they're not the only ones who are going to adopt it having been one of the betas for the past two releases.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.
tsat 12/4/2012 | 8:25:52 PM
re: Juniper Mounts Pulpit for IP Services
Hard to beleive Yipes would make such a big
annoucement and commitment if they didn't test
the product:

http://biz.yahoo.com/bw/010515...

They would be pretty dumb to make this annoucement
if the products were not already tested in their
network.
skeptic 12/4/2012 | 8:25:51 PM
re: Juniper Mounts Pulpit for IP Services Correct me if I'm wrong but this may be the first time Juniper announces something that's not already deployed in a customer network.
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I think its the opposite problem. All their annoucements are old news. They are annoucing
support for BGP-MPLS VPN's, which is mostly reverse engineering whats almost a cisco propritary feature. And leveraging their packet processing chip (announced a year ago) in very predictable ways like accouting.

The question should really be why it took them so long to deliver these features which they should have finished a long time ago.

guru 12/4/2012 | 8:25:48 PM
re: Juniper Mounts Pulpit for IP Services The software for this has been out for a little while now and they have beta tested at multiple sites so it already has customers. This is different from a hardware announcement.
Belzebutt 12/4/2012 | 8:25:45 PM
re: Juniper Mounts Pulpit for IP Services "I think its the opposite problem. All their annoucements are old news. "

Perhaps it's because Cisco and everyone else announce stuff way ahead of time, while Juniper only announces it when it's actually there? The press release made me wonder but I guess they did actually deploy this, sort of.

Is this going to be part of JUNOS 5.0, or some patch to 4.4? 4.4 just came out recently, it would be strange to see 5.0 going public so soon, unless they only consider it a maintenace release.
Belzebutt 12/4/2012 | 8:25:44 PM
re: Juniper Mounts Pulpit for IP Services "Further to that I can assure you they're not the only ones who are going to adopt it having been one of the betas for the past two releases.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news."

What do you think is bad news? If you're saying that there are many beta sites, it's certainly good news.
guru 12/4/2012 | 8:25:36 PM
re: Juniper Mounts Pulpit for IP Services The new features have been out for a while now in the most recent release of 4.x code.
dwdm 12/4/2012 | 8:25:24 PM
re: Juniper Mounts Pulpit for IP Services Anyone knows if Juniper has fixed their QoS issue
where they can't guarantee the delivery of VoIP
traffic? or any mission critical application.
tony1athome 12/4/2012 | 8:25:20 PM
re: Juniper Mounts Pulpit for IP Services The question should really be why it took them so long to deliver these features which they should
have finished a long time ago.
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