Juniper is continuing its aggressive strategy push with its upcoming Converged Supercore, a switching architecture designed to help service providers handle the demands of mobile computing and the cloud.
A week after
announcing its wide-ranging $100 million QFabric networking initiative
, Juniper Networks
officials are unveiling a new switching architecture designed to offer faster
speeds than current IP switches while driving down costs for service providers.
officials describe their Converged Supercore, announced March 3 at the
company's Analyst Day event, as a complete packet-transfer that combines MPLS
(Multiprotocol Label Switching) and integrated optics to enable service
providers to scale their networks with fewer components.
offering is in response to the skyrocketing numbers of connected mobile
devices, the growing adoption of cloud computing and the rise of video
applications, all of which are driving up the amount of traffic across the
networks. At the same time, this traffic is increasingly unpredictable, which
puts pressure on service providers to ensure that their networks are flexible
and can rapidly scale to respond to peak demand.
breaking the economics of core-network provisioning, service providers must
extract every bit of cost out of their networks while improving service
delivery and the quality of experience for their customers," Stefan
Dyckerhoff, executive vice president and general manager of the Platform
Systems Group at Juniper, said in a statement. "Success for service
providers hinges on finding a more economical and effective model for building
and maintaining their core transport networks, and that's the foundation of our
new Converged Supercore architecture and solution set."
Supercore architecture, which reportedly will enter into beta in August, will
include a new switch-the PTX Series Packet Transport Switch-which will enable
service providers to collapse network layers, a move that will save 40 to 65
percent in capital costs when compared with traditional architectures, and 35
percent when compared with IP routing offerings, the company said.
architecture also will offer four times the speed and five times the packet
processing of current IP switches, Juniper officials told Forbes.com
Marcellin, vice president of product marketing and strategy at Juniper, told
Forbes that the Converged Supercore will be able to move 3,800 terabits a
second over the network, "10 times faster than Cisco's" high-end product.
3-year-old "Project Stratus"-now called QFabric-Juniper has pushed to collapse the
data center's traditional three-tier networking architecture into one, which
officials said will give enterprises and midsize businesses the scalability,
flexibility and performance to handle the growth of cloud computing and the
onslaught of traffic generated by mobile devices, such as tablets and
smartphones. Juniper rolled out QFabric Feb. 23.
At the Mobile
World Congress 2011 earlier in February, Juniper introduced its MobileNext platform
-formerly called "Project
Falcon"-that brings together IP and mobile technologies into a single group of
offerings. MobileNext also will enable mobile operators to support legacy
technologies while migrating to new ones, such as LTE (Long-Term Evolution) 4G.
moves have impressed Brian White, an analyst at Ticonderoga Securities.
new solutions, Juniper's addressable market opportunity continues to expand,
and we believe the company is well-positioned to capitalize on secular trends
that include rapid IP traffic growth, the build-out of the mobile Internet, the
shift to all IP networks with 4G LTE and the trend toward cloud computing,"
White said in a research note March 2, previewing the company's Analyst Day.
"Over the past couple of the years, Juniper discussed its future mobile
Internet and data center/cloud computing initiatives in very general terms as
the solutions had not yet been unveiled. However, this has changed as Juniper
recently unveiled MobileNext (previously code-named Project Falcon) and QFabric
(previously code-named the Stratus Project) over the past few weeks."
Supercore will add to that lineup of new and upcoming offerings.
The moves come
as rivals in the networking space look to address the issues raised by mobile
computing and the cloud. For example, Cisco Systems, also at Mobile World
Congress, unveiled MOVE ((Monetization, Optimization, Videoscape Experience), a
collection of solutions designed to let service providers better manage the
rapidly growing amount of mobile traffic on their networks and to do a better
job making money from it.
week's Enteprise Connect 2011 show, Extreme Networks President and CEO Oscar
Rodriguez spoke about his company's strategy around mobile computing and the
network's role in enhancing the user experience. It's a move Yankee Group
analyst Zeus Kerravala said is a good one.
years, Extreme has been first to market with many network features, but my
primary criticism of the company has been their inability to create a vision
for which these features were relevant," Kerravala wrote
in a March 2 blog post.
"However, I'm impressed with their new commitment to mobility and their
positioning around the network's ability to directly affect user experience.
The network is in a position to have a significant impact on how rapidly this
new world of mobility comes to us. It's a bold bet for Extreme, but ... I believe
it's the right bet."