Juniper Networks, the US networking company, is to launch a new 5G- and IoT-ready routing platform, which it claims will help operators, cloud providers, and enterprise customers to manage growing network complexity.
The Sunnyvale, California-based company believes that the new product, called the MX Series 5G Universal Routing Platform, will provide the programmability, performance and flexibility needed to provide connected cloud services.
Resource-intensive applications such as 5G and SD-WAN-based managed services are growing, and Juniper Networks believes that companies are struggling to monetise them. It said that the increasing amount of data from IoT sensors, edge and cloud computing services, will be too much to handle for existing networks.
“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 of Juniper Networks.
“One thing service providers should not have to worry about among all this is the unknown of what lies ahead,” he added.
He claimed that the new platform will give 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. Our commitment to removing complexity from routing has made it possible for our customers to connect in ways that have changed the world,” he said.
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The new platform has what Juniper referred to as “near-infinite feature programmability”, along with “open hardware-accelerated 5G control and user plane separation”.
The company said this offers better performance, scale and freedom of choice, while additions to its universal chassis have been designed for operational simplicity, improved economics, and increased agility.
“As a major service provider looking at the future of how we connect our customers with evolving use cases, it’s important to have a routing platform underpinning it all that’s flexible enough to accommodate the unpredictability of the industry right now,” said David Roy, IP/MPLS NOC engineer at Orange.
“IoT and SD-WAN all present great opportunities for us to create new revenue-generating services, but they can also bring many infrastructure challenges.
“We’ve been long-time MX users and are excited to see that the new MX 5G platform leverages new silicon with programmability and integrated security, and supports control user-plane separation to provide greater flexibility for certainty in an uncertain networking environment,” he added.