Virtualised routing made easy by Juniper

By interconnecting routers and upgrading virtualisation capabilities, Juniper's TX Matrix Plus will help regional telecom operators improve service provision

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By  Sathya Ashok Published  February 3, 2009

Juniper Networks has announced the launch of the TX Matrix Plus, a multi-chassis core routing system, which is designed to enable service providers to deliver innovative services better.

The TX Matrix Plus can interconnect with multiple routers from Juniper’s T1600 range, along with the Control System 1200 (JCS 1200), to virtualise routing, networking and related services. The multi-chassis router can be managed as a single, unified router, or combined with the JCS 1200 to enable the secure virtualisation of core routers, which creates efficiencies by consolidating networks, services and functionality.

“Harnessing the capabilities of the new Juniper TX Matrix Plus system, operators in the Middle East will now be able to consolidate their existing networks using the power of virtualisation to deliver new integrated services. This technology also helps to lower the cost per bit for processing IP traffic, which is increasing exponentially every year, thus enabling operators to establish further competitive advantage,” stated Ravi Mali, director of service provider business, Juniper Networks MEA.
According to the company, the T1600 and TX Matrix Plus lower total cost of ownership by delivering up to 25%t more routing capacity, with up to 40% less power than competing solutions. The TX Matrix Plus architecture is designed to support up to 25 Tbps of capacity by integrating up to sixteen T1600s into a single multi-chassis routing node.

According to the company, service providers who leverage the TX Matrix Plus and other Juniper solutions to virtualise their core networks will be able to rapidly introduce new services on their existing infrastructure, while still managing each network and service individually. This dramatically speeds the introduction of new services, and also opens up a range of new business models and partnership opportunities.

“Virtualisation is the de facto operational model for datacentres, because the cost and operational advantages it provides are indisputable,” said Opher Kahane, senior vice president and general manager, high-end systems business unit, Juniper Networks.

All of the platforms are powered by JUNOS software, the single operating system running routing, switching and security platforms from Juniper Networks. The TX Matrix Plus will be available in the third quarter of the year.

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