Juniper unveils new 5G and IoT-ready routing platform

MX Series 5G Universal Routing Platform combines delivers near-infinite programmability, cost efficiency and versatility

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Juniper unveils new 5G and IoT-ready routing platform Most CIOs identify rank the cost of 5G and IoT infrastructure build-out as their leading challenge. (iStock)
By  David Ndichu Published  June 19, 2018

Juniper has unveiled the fifth generation of its MX platform with 5G and IoT applications in mind.

MX Series 5G Universal Routing Platform combines software- and hardware-based networking designed to deliver near-infinite programmability, cost efficiency and versatility with performance at scale.

Manoj Leelanivas, executive vice president and chief product officer, Juniper Networks said, “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.”

“Our flagship MX platform is designed to deliver more speed, flexibility, programmability and security capabilities, giving our 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,” Leelanivas added.

Service providers are at an inflection point where the costs of operating a complex network that can host the new era of resource-intensive applications like 5G and secure SD-WAN-based managed services are overwhelming their ability to monetise them. Also, with the additional influx of machine data coming from IoT sensors, distributed telco edge and cloud computing, networks will become overextended if they remain static, particularly as current infrastructures have become too complex, expensive and vulnerable to cyber threats for service providers to manage the distributed scale and agility required for these new services.

A poll among Juniper service provider customers about the top challenges in being able to offer next-generation services like SD-WAN, IoT and 5G, found out that more than half (55%) of respondents ranked the cost of infrastructure build-out as the No. 1 or 2 challenge.

Additionally, nearly 40% of respondents ranked the complexity of orchestrating a distributed network at No. 1 or 2 challenge. A further 55% of respondents ranked investment protection with data-plane programmability as the No. 1 or 2 desired feature set to solve those challenges.

To address these challenges and herald the next generation of routing for the coming wave of 5G, IoT and business services, Juniper designed its MX Series 5G Universal Routing platform with new silicon for near-infinite feature programmability, as well as open hardware-accelerated 5G Control and User Plane Separation (CUPS) for unparalleled performance, scale and freedom of choice, with additions to its universal chassis designed for operational simplicity, improved economics and increased agility.

With Contrail’s comprehensive automation and rich software management overlay capabilities, along with MX’s subscriber management, SPRING, and enhanced real-time performance monitoring telemetry data, the new capabilities enable customers to create and scale any type of service across a secure automated distributed cloud in a simplified way.

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