Juniper Networks updates metro router range

Tuesday 13 March 2018 | 15:18 CET | News

Juniper Networks announced its new Metro Fabric range to address the growing range of services delivered over metro networks. The portfolio consists of refreshed Juniper Networks ACX Series Universal Metro Routers and PTX Series Packet Transport Routers. 

The new ACX5448 Universal Metro Router is built to smooth the transition from 10GbE to 100GbE as providers prepare for the emerging 5G rollout. It features 48 10GbE aggregation ports and four high-capacity 100GbE uplink ports, supporting full Metro Ethernet and IP/MPLS VPN services. Working in conjunction with the existing ACX500, ACX1000 and ACX2000 Universal Metro Routers, the new router brings operators robust service-level agreement control capabilities combined with automation and zero-touch provisioning, the vendor said.

The new ACX6360 Universal Metro Router is aimed at building to bridge between a secure packet-optical transport layer and IP/MPLS networking. It gives service providers the ability to collapse multiple layers into a single platform to simplify their metro networks. The router's design combines industry compliant 256AES MACSec encryption for 10Gbps, 40Gbps, 100Gbps and 200Gbps CFP2-DCO coherent DWDM interfaces for mobile backhaul, DCI, cable distributed access architectures and various other transport applications. The ACX6360 provides the versatility to eliminate the two-box solution typically found with packet optical and IP deployed next to each other, according to Juniper.

The new PTX10002 Packet Transport Router is purpose-built for scale-out exchange and cloud architectures with high-capacity, cost-optimized 100GbE interfaces to support growing network traffic demands.

Juniper’s Metro Fabric also incorporates the previously announced programmable photonic layer, including the Juniper Networks TCX1000 Series Programmable ROADM and proNX Optical Director. All the products are on display at OFC in San Diego. 

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