Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Juniper 5G IoT ready routing platform launched

William Payne
June 14, 2018


Networking firm Juniper Networks has launched a 5G IoT ready routing platform. Juniper is claiming new levels of programmability, cost efficiency and versatility for its new MX Series 5G Universal Routing platform.

The new platform is designed to address the growth in machine data coming from IoT sensors as well as distributed telco edge and cloud computing.

The company has polled its service provider customers about what they view as the top challenges they face in bringing new services like SD-WAN, IoT and 5G to market. More than half (55 percent) of respondents ranked the cost of infrastructure build-out as the No. 1 or 2 challenge. Nearly 40 percent of respondents ranked the complexity of orchestrating a distributed network at No. 1 or 2 challenge. More than half (55 percent) of respondents ranked investment protection with data-plane programmability as the No. 1 or 2 desired feature set to solve those challenges.

Juniper has designed its new MX Series 5G Universal Routing platform with new silicon for "near-infinite feature programmability", as well as open hardware-accelerated 5G Control and User Plane Separation (CUPS).

At the heart of the new MX Series 5G Platform is the Juniper Penta Silicon, a new 16nm service-optimised packet forwarding engine that provides a 50 percent power efficiency gain (0.5 watts per gigabit) over the existing Junos Trio chipset. Juniper says this gives a 3x bandwidth increase for the MX960, MX480 and MX240. 

The MX Series 5G platform supports a standard-based hardware accelerated 5G user-plane in both existing and future MX routers to enable converged services (wireless and wireline) on the same platform while also allowing integration with third-party 5G control planes.

The 13-RU MX10008 and 21-RU MX10016 Universal Chassis provide edge routers with 19.2Tbps and 38.4Tbps throughput, respectively. 

“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, Juniper chief product officer. "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.”