Juniper launches MX960 to give ethernet the edge

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Juniper Networks has bolstered its position in the carrier ethernet market with the launch of the MX960 Ethernet Services Router.

The firm claims the MX960 platform is the industry’s largest capacity carrier ethernet platform with up to 960GB/s of switching and routing capacity.

Ethernet aggregation had previously been seen as lacking from Juniper’s portfolio of edge products, especially for internet protocol television (IPTV) applications.

“I am pleased to see Juniper Networks extending its key strengths of carrier class performance, reliability and scale into the carrier ethernet market,” said Maurizio Binello, chief technical officer at Tiscali International Network.

“As a key technology underpinning both network and service reach, it is critical that the ethernet-centric elements of the network are capable of achieving the same high levels of uptime and performance as the IP/MPLS core. I am confident that with this announcement, Juniper Networks will achieve that goal, ” Binello added.

Benefits of the ethernet platform include performance at scale and advanced quality of service, the company said.

“The MX960 is the industry’s first carrier ethernet platform purpose-built to meet the reliability, quality of service and scaling requirements of service pro- viders as they accelerate migration to ethernet-oriented networks,” said Kim Perdikou, executive vice president, Infrastructure Products Group and general manager, Service Provider Business Team, at Juniper.

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