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Juniper Introduces Open Cloud Interconnect

March 21, 2017

Juniper Networks in introducing Open Cloud Interconnect today aims to drive home the point that it has embraced open networking.

Open Cloud Interconnect describes a collection of data center interconnect solutions the company says allow for better automation, control, and visibility. It brings under one umbrella the company’s coherent optical technology with open and programmable routing, switching, security, and virtualization.

That includes existing products, some of which are newly enhanced.

  • For example, Juniper Networks today unveiled a coherent DWDM line card for the BTI7800. The UFM6 line card, available now, offers muxponder/transponder functionality and combines 10 configurable 10GE/100GE client ports with two coherent DWDM ports of up to 2000Gbps each.
  • Coherent DWDM line cards for the QFX10000, to be available starting in the second quarter, offer 1.2 terabits per second of optical capacity. They provide six ports of up to 200Gbps each. And they let you combine DCI-optimized Ethernet VPN, VXLAN, and MacSec security with low-power coherent DWDM.
  • The company today also announced improved network visibility and control through open APIs, and YANG-based integration of proNX Service Manager and Juniper Networks NorthStar Controller. These proNX Service Management software upgrades are available now. (As a side note, Juniper Networks recently acquired cloud monitoring firm AppFormix, which features application awareness of orchestration systems like OpenStack and Kubernetes.)

Open Cloud Interconnect also includes Contrail Networking and MX Series 3D Universal Edge Routers.

Donyel Jones-Williams, director of product marketing, in an interview with me last week, commented that Juniper Networks attended the Telecom

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Infra Project event hosted by Facebook late last year.

(That was the event at which Facebook unveiled Voyager, the first white box transponder and routing solution. As reported in the 1Q2017 issue of INTERNET TELEPHONY magazine, Facebook has partnered with subsystem Acacia Communications, Broadcom, Celestica, Lumentum, and Snaproute to build the solution, and Equinix and MTN have successfully tested it. But anybody can build a Voyager solution if they want to, since Facebook and TIP are sharing the specs.)

So I asked if Juniper Networks intended to build a product or products based on Voyager. Jones-Williams said no, but that Juniper’s products will be able to interoperate with Facebook Voyager.

Facebook’s work on Voyager is part of a larger effort by the company to push networking forward through what it calls the Open Compute Project. OCP was initiated by Facebook because the company couldn’t find in the marketplace the solutions it needed to work at hyperscale, so it started to build the hardware and software solutions it needed itself and in partnership with other companies.

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