Cloud has been a primary driving force for the growth of Juniper Networks' business in recent years. Though the company's routing hardware and software is already widely deployed in cloud environments, increasing demands have led to new requirements, which in turn have resulted in a new Cloud-Grade Networking strategy from Juniper.
The new Junos Node Slicing service provides a different way for operators to maximize the efficiency of routing hardware. While the idea of mutli-tenancy and Software Defined/Network Function Virtualization are well-established on in networking, Node Slicing offers the promise of going beyond the basics. Among the benefits of the approach advocated by Juniper is improved operational efficiency with elastic deployment options. Additionally Node Slicing offers isolated network administration and operation for greater reliability.
"Junos node slicing enables service providers and large enterprises to create a network infrastructure that consolidates multiple routing functions into a single physical device," Juniper's Node Slicing documentation states. "It helps leverage the benefits of virtualization without compromising on performance."
Node Slicing it's just about carving-up the capacity of a single machine, it can also be used to converge several physical system into a single logical service.
"With Junos node slicing, you can achieve network convergence—both horizontal and vertical," the user guide explained. "Horizontal convergence consolidates router functions of the same layer to a single router, while vertical convergence collapses router functions of different layers into a single router."
Hardware is also a core element of Cloud-Grade Networking push, specifically in the form of a new Universal Chassis. The first products built on the new chassis is the PTX10000 Series router which will initially have two models the PTX10016 and the PTX10008.
The PTX10008 is a 13 rack-unit (RU) router that can supported up to 240 ports of 100 Gigabit Ethernet or 1,152 ports of 10 Gigabit Ethernet, providing a total capacity of 24 Terabits per second of performance.
Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.