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Juniper MX Series routers to get speed-boosting line cards

Juniper Networks plans to release in the first half of next year three line cards that will boost the performance of the Juniper MX Series routers.

Juniper Networks Inc. has introduced line card modules that boost the overall performance of its MX Series 3D Universal Edge routing products for cloud and communication service providers.

Along with the new line cards, Juniper unveiled this week additional application programming interfaces (APIs) for the Juniper Extension Toolkit (JET), which is the application development platform for the Junos operating system. Junos is a key component of Juniper's software-defined networking (SDN) architecture.

Juniper plans to release three line cards for Juniper MX Series routers in the first half of next year -- the MPC7, MPC8 and MPC9. The MPC7, scheduled to launch in the first quarter, is for the MX240 and MX960 routers. The card provides 480 Gbps throughput per slot for 10 and 40 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) environments.

The MPC8 and MPC9 line cards are for MX2010 and MX2020 routers. The former provides 960 Gbps throughput per slot while the latter delivers 1.6 terabits per second (Tbps) throughput. The MPC8 and MPC9 are for 10 and 40 GbE and 100 GbE environments, respectively.

JET APIs for Juniper MX Series routers

The latest JET APIs include one for OpenConfig, which is a vendor-neutral data model for configuring and managing network hardware and software. An informal group of network operators is working on the project. Members include Google, AT&T, British Telecommunications plc, Microsoft, Facebook, Comcast Corp. and Deutsche Telekom AG.

Juniper has aimed the second new API, called the Junos Telemetry Interface, at SDN and network functions virtualization (NFV) deployments. Developers can use the interface to extract data from hardware running Junos and feed that information to analytic and network management applications.

Companies that make networking performance, management, monitoring and diagnostics products would find the Telemetry Interface particularly helpful. One such company using the API is SevOne Inc.

Juniper's router revenue grew by 11% year over year in the third quarter, according to the latest Ethernet switch and router market report from IDC, based in Framingham, Mass. A 20% increase in sales of core service provider routers drove the revenue growth. Juniper switching revenue rose by 39.4%.

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