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Juniper virtualises best-selling MX Series router

Vendor claims to have created industry's first full-featured, carrier-grade virtual router

Juniper virtualises best-selling MX Series router
Pickering: Virtualising our number-one selling routing platform can alleviate pain points associated with huge mobile penetration rates

Juniper Networks on Thursday introduced a virtualised version of its flagship MX Series 3D Universal Edge Routing platform, which the vendor claimed was the industry's first full-featured, carrier-grade virtual router.

The vMX 3D Universal Edge Router operates as software on x86 servers, and is aimed at service providers looking to dabble in both physical and virtual networking as a way of staying ahead of customer demand.

Juniper also used Thursday's launch even to unveil a new set of capabilities designed to help customers build High-IQ networks that leverage virtualisation and automation. This, the vendor said, would help carriers keep up with rapid levels of mobile adoption without compromising on service quality.

 "As a fully functional virtual router, the vMX brings cloud-like agility to the network, allowing businesses to quickly roll out new applications, resources and initiatives to support internal and external clients," Juniper said in a statement.

"By virtualising the company's flagship routing platform - first introduced in 2006 and today powers most of the world's top 100 service providers - Juniper brings the feature-set and proven history of performance and reliability of the MX to the cloud."

With the vMX, carrier-grade routing can be deployed in the time it takes to spin up a virtual machine, scaled elastically with virtual capacity, and if the need arises, migrated to the high-performance physical MX Series platforms for high-volume workloads, Juniper said.

And because the vMX runs as software on x86 servers, service providers and enterprises can rapidly deploy new routing services based on an established Juniper MX pedigree, the vendor added.

The vMX runs on Junos OS, one of the most widely deployed routing operating systems in the world, and supports the same programmable Junos Trio chipset features as the entire MX Series portfolio. Juniper said that it can be orchestrated by Contrail and OpenStack and managed by Junos Space.

"Juniper Networks' heritage is rooted in its willingness to challenge the status quo. We are bringing this heritage to thriving and emerging economies, such as the Middle East, especially as the region continues to see an unprecedented number of mobile subscribers," said Adrian Pickering, vice president, Middle East & Africa, Juniper Networks.

"Virtualising our number-one selling routing platform can alleviate pain points associated with huge mobile penetration rates, but also work to increase customer service satisfaction, improve brand value and protect profit margins. This announcement solidifies Juniper's commitment across our customer base, but most importantly for me, to those located in the Middle East."


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