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Juniper creates its Open Cloud Interconnect division

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March 22, 2017

Juniper Networks acquired BTI Systems in January of last year with the goal of bringing SDN (software defined networking) approaches to the optical segment of the business.

One of the benefits of that acquisition has now arrived on Juniper's doorstep, with the company announcing the creation of its new Open Cloud Interconnect division.

The networking equipment maker asserts that the new OCI is aimed at inter-data centre connections, with high-capacity optical systems with open and programmable routing features, switching, internet security and virtualization functions.

The QFX-10000 gets a 1.2 Tbps line card with no less than six 200 Gbps coherent optical ports. The device can support Ethernet VPN, VXLAN and MacSec MAC-level security.

The BTI 7800 gets a transponder that combines 10 and 10/100 Gbps Ethernet ports, with two coherent 200 Gbps optical ports, and SD-FEC (soft decision forward error correction) support. This means that it can handle long-haul spans of up to 2,000 kilometers.

The Pro-NX Service Manager can now manage coherent optical interfaces on Juniper MX and PTX routers, QFX switches, and BTI packet optical gear.

It's also been integrated via YANG with the company's NorthStar Controller. Juniper's Mark Bieberich asserts that OCI's open APIs give it integration into SDN-based controllers, and provide a control point for everything from the photons right up to Layer 3.

The system has already been demonstrated capable of interoperating with Microsoft's Open Line system at 150 Gbps and 200 Gbps per wavelength.

Juniper's new OCI systems have also been tested for inter-operation with Cisco gear, and most likely other vendor tests are also expected soon.

Source: Juniper Networks.


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