Juniper virtualizes MX router to help companies more rapidly turn-up services

Edge router now a VM on x86 for NFV

Juniper Networks this week introduced a virtualized version of its MX Series 3D edge router to fulfill carrier requirements for Network Functions Virtualization (NFV).

The Juniper vMX 3D Universal Edge Router operates as software on x86 servers. It is designed to let service providers and enterprises rapidly deliver services ahead of customer demand. The software-based technology lets users scale up and out quickly as customer business needs require, Juniper says.

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Juniper say the vMX supports the full MX series router feature set. Service providers and enterprises can then combine the vMX with Juniper’s physical routers for high-volume workloads.

The vMX virtual router also runs on the same Junos operating system as the physical routers so the feature set can work across existing physical and virtual infrastructure, and no new training is required, Juniper says. The software can also be managed by Juniper’s Junos Space product, and orchestrated by the company’s Contrail SDN controller and OpenStack cloud manager.

The vMX software will be available in the first quarter of 2015. Juniper did not disclose pricing.

Juniper also today unveiled products designed to help customers build networks that can take advantage of virtualization and automation. Contrail Cloud is OpenStack-based software for cloud compute, network, storage and virtualization resource orchestration and life-cycle management.

Contrail Cloud, together with Contrail Networking -- formerly known as Juniper Networks Contrail SDN Controller – provides a turnkey NFV system to help accelerate service creation. Technology partners for the product include Amdocs, Akamai and Canonical.

Contrail Cloud will be available by the end of 2014.

Juniper also announced Junos DevOps, software for its routers that makes them programmable for service development and operations collaboration. The company also rolled out Junos Continuity, which is designed to allow new hardware features or upgrades to be inserted without having to update the operating system version, thereby avoiding qualification testing that could take many months to complete.

Junos Continuity will be available in March 2015.

Also, Juniper says Junos is now able to integrate with a range of configuration management systems such as Puppet, Chef and Ansible, and programming languages Ruby and Python, to enhance application performance in Junos environments.

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