Juniper Aims Accelerate Networks with Open Cloud Interconnect

Juniper announces new data center interconnection platform helping to bridge IP and optical networking layers

By Sean Michael Kerner | Posted Mar 24, 2017
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Juniper Networks used the OFC conference this week as an opportunity to announce new technology to help improve optical network management. The new Open Cloud Interconnect platform is being positioned by Juniper as a data center interconnect (DCI) solution.

Open Cloud Interconnect integrates optical networking layer components along with Software Defined Networking (SDN) principles to help enable hybrid multi-cloud environments.

As part of the new platform, Juniper announced the new QFX10000 Coherent DWDM Line Card. DWDM or Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing, is an optical technology that enables increased bandwidth on fiber networks. The QFX10000 Line Card provides up to 1.2 Terabits per second (Tbps) of optical capacity, across 6 ports of up to 200 Gigabits per second (Gbps).

Juniper also announced the UFM6 line card providing 10 configurable 10GE/100GE client ports and 2 coherent DWDM ports of up to 200 Gbps each.

From a management perspective, Juniper is enhancing ts proNX Service management to be able to manage optical interfaces for Juniper's MX and PTX Series Routers, QFX Series Switches and the BTI Series packet optical portfolio.

"The demand for cloud services is bringing forth a tidal wave of change and new opportunities for the networking industry," Masum Mir, vice president of Product, Solutions & Technical Marketing, at Juniper Networks stated. "The DCI infrastructure demands bandwidth capacity, secure connectivity and operational simplicity."

The need for improved optical interface, technology and management is one that was highlighted by Urs Hölzle, vice president of technical infrastructure at Google, during his keynote at OFC.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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