Juniper Networks on June 11 extended the upper reaches of its T-series core router line for service providers when it launched its new T1600 1.6T-bps router.
The high-end router is aimed at service providers trying to keep pace with the rapid growth of bandwidth-hungry video services, the movement of enterprises from private WANs to IP VPNs and quality-of-service requirements for VOIP (voice over IP).
Internet and WAN service providers are seeing 80 to 100 percent growth rates year to year across their backbone networks, according to Chris Komatas, director of service provider marketing at Juniper, in Sunnyvale, Calif.
Such new traffic types are "about services that require a guaranteed user experience. Video has to be watchable, VOIP has to be there for business reasons," he said.
The T1600 takes up half a rack and can be combined with another chassis to provide up to 3.2T-bps throughput in a single rack. Each slot in the chassis can support up to 100G-bps throughput.
The T1600 was designed to consume 30 percent less power and requires 30 percent less cooling than competitive offerings, Komatas said.
It also provides two and a half times the capacity of Ciscos CRS-1 core router for service providers, added Alan Sardella, senior product marketing manager at Juniper.
The new T1600 supports OC-192 10G-bps and OC-768 40G-bps interfaces as well as 10G-bps Ethernet interfaces. Each line card uses two 50G-bps packet processing engines capable of processing packets with hundreds or thousands of filters. Interfaces scale down to DS-3 speeds of 44M bps.
Sardella claimed that an in-service upgrade from existing high-end T640 Juniper routers to the new T1600 takes 90 minutes.
The T1600 runs the current version of Junipers JUNOS operating system, including new point-to-multipoint Multiprotocol Label Switching functions supporting efficient video distribution.
It is due in the fourth quarter.