Juniper Networks M-series portfolio uniquely combines best-in-class IP/MPLS capabilities with unmatched dependability, security, and service richness to enable providers to transform from Internet to Infranet. The M-series is extremely versatile and can be deployed at the edge of provider networks, in small and medium cores, in peering, route reflector, and data center applications. However, the most significant M-series innovations over the last few years have dramatically expanded its edge capabilities. Today the M-series is predominantly being deployed at the IP/MPLS edge to support high-performance Layer 2 and Layer 3 services--we call this location and functionality the infranet multiservice edge.
As providers build infranets the first step is to deploy a fundamentally high performance, secure, and reliable IP/MPLS infrastructure. The second step in the transformation is to consolidate all services onto that single multiservice infrastructure. The infranet multiservice edge is a critical location in this infrastructure because this is where thousands of enterprise customer connections (represented by DSx/VC/VLAN/DLCI) are managed and VPNs and services are signaled across the network to other edge platforms. The multiservice edge platform must support:
- Control plane scale & stability for 1000’s interfaces & VPNs
- Forwarding plane scale & stability for multiple services per customer
- Security & reliability for 1000’s of customers on one platform
- Rich support for current & emerging layer 2 and layer 3 services
- One multiservice platform to maximize ROI
The M-series meets these needs to reliably and stably scale edge services in the world’s largest networks. Constructed with a clean separation between control plane, forwarding plane, and services plane, M-series routers support multiple services without compromise on a single platform - maximizing revenue and minimizing operational and capital costs. This hardware approach is combined with the highly scalable, secure, and reliable JUNOS software. A single service-rich JUNOS image operates across all M-series and T-series ensuring minimized operational expense and continuity of service as providers upgrade to larger platforms.
From a Layer 2 perspective the J-FASE (Juniper Frame and ATM Service Emulation) toolkit combined with M-series performance enables accurate emulation of ATM and Frame Relay services over MPLS. In the same platform, rich Ethernet services are supported enabling providers to capture revenue from this emerging service. In addition, tools such as Layer 2.5 Interworking VPNs are available to smoothly migrate customers from ATM/FR to Ethernet services as demand dictates.
Adding even more value, the same M-series platform also delivers rich Layer 3 services including the industry's most scalable and comprehensive VPN portfolio, granular per logical interface QoS, hardware- based IPv6, wide ranging multicast support, and high- performance security capabilities such as NAT, stateful firewall, and IPSec encryption.
The unique architectural approach and ability to scale services has proven its success, as Juniper Networks provides the IP/MPLS foundation for over 600 networks in 47 countries, including 24 of the top 25 service provider networks in the world.