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HotSeat video: ACG Research explores Juniper's new PTX MPLS switch

In this ACG Research HotSeat video, Managing Partner Ray Mota digs deep about Juniper's new PTX MPLS-optical supercore switch with Mike Marcellin, vice president of strategy and marketing at Juniper Networks. The new PTX Series IP/MPLS switch is designed to collapse network layers and create a fast Layer 2-switched IP/MPLS core that includes integrated optics or a separate optical shelf. The PTX is scheduled for beta testing in the third quarter of 2011, with an anticipated ship date of the first quarter of 2012, according to Marcellin.

Juniper sees the PTX IP/MPLS switch and "converged supercore" as a muscular, scalable solution for the traffic handling problems that service providers will continue to face as a result of exponential traffic growth. The three primary components of the solution are:

  • The new Junos Express chipset, which Marcellin says has been optimized for high-capacity and MPLS transport;

  • The PTX Series Packet Transport Switch, a newly designed hardware system that enables service providers to collapse network layers and reduce both architectural and operational inefficiencies;

  • The Junos operating system, which powers the packet and optical layers.

Juniper is trumpeting the PTX Series IP/MPLS switch as the next level of industry-leading performance, capacity, speed and architectural advancement. But the question remains: With its combination of an impressive hybrid fabric and long-haul optics, does the PTX Series shift the power base to router vendors in the packet transport area? Check out the video for more perspectives on packet transport, developments in the IP/MPLS switch space and core network evolution.

About the speakers:

ACG Research Managing Partner Ray Mota has more than 25 years of experience in the networking and telecommunications market, specializing in design, implementation and troubleshooting, and maximizing organizational efficiency. Before founding ACG Research, he was chief strategist and president of Synergy Research Group, CTO and president of Advanced Technology Group at Micros-To-Mainframes, and a system analyst at Eastman Kodak. He also holds three amateur baseball World Series titles.

As the vice president of product marketing for Juniper Networks Infrastructure Products Group and Junos-Ready Software portfolio, Mike Marcellin is responsible for product marketing strategy, go-to-market planning, sales and customer education and competitive analysis for Juniper's portfolio of high-performance routing and switching products and its software offerings. Prior to Juniper, Marcellin served as vice president of global managed solutions for Verizon and vice president of global product marketing for Verizon Business.


This was first published in March 2011

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