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Latest Juniper line cards add flexibility to DCI product portfolio

The latest Juniper line cards provide more connection options for companies using the vendor's data center interconnect technology.

Juniper Networks has introduced two line cards that provide flexibility in configuring the bandwidth of ports used by large enterprises and cloud service providers to connect multiple data centers.

Unveiled this week, the dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) cards include one for Juniper's QFX 10000 spine switches and the other for the BTI 7800 packet optical transport platform. The Juniper line cards are the latest additions to a portfolio of data center interconnect (DCI) products that Juniper calls its Open Cloud Interconnect.

The QFX line card provides a maximum of 1.2 Tbps of optical capacity through six ports of up to 200 Gbps each. The card lets companies run different interfaces simultaneously between data centers, including an Ethernet VPN, VXLAN and MACSec.

The UFM6 card for the BTI 7800 combines 10 configurable 10 GE/100 GE client ports and two DWDM ports of up to 200 Gbps each. The card supports distances of up to 1,200 miles.

Juniper provides data center operators the option of using third-party switches with the vendor's DCI products. For example, companies with an Arista Networks or Cisco switch at the edge of the data center would use the BTI 7800 transport system, which Juniper acquired last year through the purchase of BTI Systems, said Donyel Jones-Williams, the marketing director of Juniper's service provider portfolio.

"The same [DCI] technology that's in the QFX is the exact same technology that's in the BTI 7800," Jones-Williams said. "You can start with the QFX on one side and use the BTI product on the other side."

Introduced in 2015, the QFX 10000 is flexible in scalability and port density. The high-end switch, which has a capacity of 96 Tbps, lets companies quickly upgrade from 40 GbE to 100 GbE. The hardware's Junos operating system is capable of running open technology for software-defined networking.

Upgrade in management tools

With the Juniper line card releases, Juniper updated its proNX Service Manager software to administer optical interfaces across the company's MX and PTX routers, QFX switches and BTI packet optical portfolio.

The UFM6 line card and proNX upgrade were available this week. The QFX 10000 Juniper line card is scheduled for release in the second quarter.

Juniper is tailoring its DCI portfolio to grab a larger share of a market that London-based Ovum Research predicts will grow from $2.5 billion in 2014 to $4.2 billion by 2019. Driving the growth is increased data traffic stemming from the use of public and private clouds and data center consolidation that has created higher traffic flows between facilities.

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