Juniper Networks launches routing platform for 5G and IoT

13 June 2018 | Natalie Bannerman

Juniper Networks to launch its MX Series 5G Universal Routing Platform - as well as other software innovations to unlock service-creation opportunities.

Manoj Leelanivas 200x200Juniper says the new offerings provide the needed programmability, performance and flexibility for rapid deployment in the cloud economy now and in the future.

"Cloud is eating the world, 5G is ramping up, IoT is presenting a host of new challenges and security teams simply can’t keep up with the sheer volume of cyber-attacks on today’s network," said Manoj Leelanivas, executive vice president and chief product officer at Juniper Networks. "One thing service providers should not have to worry about among all this is the unknown of what lies ahead. That’s why we’ve continued innovating our flagship MX platform to deliver more speed, flexibility, programmability and security capabilities, giving our customers the peace of mind they need as a variety of demands continue to put pressure on the network. We are building on our heritage of eliminating the biggest barriers to routing that have emerged over the past decade and providing a platform that can grow whichever way the world does. Our commitment to removing complexity from routing has made it possible for our customers to connect in ways that have changed the world."

Juniper recently carried out a poll among its service provider customers about the biggest challenges they face in being able to offer next-gen services like SD-WAN, IoT and 5G. It found:

  • 55% of respondents ranked the cost of infrastructure build-out as the number 1 or 2 challenge
  • Roughly 40% ranked the complexity of orchestrating a distributed network as the number 1 or 2 challenge
  • And more than 55% ranked investment protection with data-plane programmability as the number 1 or 2 desired feature set to try and solve these challenges.


"The rise of next-generation wireless and wireline services is having a profound impact on the underlying networks needed to make them a reality. We’ve been a long-time partner with Juniper Networks since the first MX more than a decade ago and are excited to see the unveiling of its next generation MX platform," added Mike Altland, director of network infrastructure planning at Verizon.

To address these challenges Juniper designed the MX platform with new silicon for near-infinite feature programmability, as well as open hardware-accelerated 5G Control and User Plane Separation (CUPS) for unparalleled performance, scale and freedom of choice, with additions to its universal chassis designed for operational simplicity, improved economics and increased agility.

"As a major service provider looking at the future of how we connect our customers with evolving use cases, it’s important to have a routing platform underpinning it all that’s flexible enough to accommodate the unpredictability of the industry right now," said David Roy, IP/MPLS NOC engineer at Orange 5G. "IoT and SD-WAN all present great opportunities for us to create new revenue-generating services but they can also bring many infrastructure challenges. We’ve been long-time MX users and are excited to see that the new MX 5G platform leverages new silicon with programmability and integrated security, and supports control user-plane separation to provide greater flexibility for certainty in an uncertain networking environment."

In addition, with Contrail’s automation and rich software management overlay capabilities, along with MX’s subscriber management – SPRING – that also features enhanced real-time performance monitoring telemetry data, enables customers to create and scale any type of service across a secure automated distributed cloud in a simplified way.

"Affirmed Networks is committed to providing operators with flexible deployment options as service providers continue to embrace virtualized architectures. Telco operators will be able to deliver higher performance customized 5G, IoT and business services that cater to the unique requirements of different end-user applications, with freedom of choice through open standards-based solutions from Affirmed Networks and Juniper," said Amit Tiwari, vice president of strategic alliances and systems engineering at Affirmed Networks.

Juniper says the MX10008 and MX100016 will be available during the second half of 2018. While the Juniper Penta Silicon-powered line cards for the MX960, MX480 and MX240 will be available in Q1 2019. New CUPS support will be available in the first half of 2019.

Topics: Juniper Networks, Manoj Leelanivas, Mike Altland, David Roy, Amit Tiwari, 5G, IoT, SD-WAN