Sunday, June 28, 2009

Juniper Enables Intelligent Services on Edge Routers

Juniper Networks introduced a series of product enhancements that integrate key service delivery and performance assurance functions directly within its edge routing platforms. Additionally, Juniper is delivering hardware and software features that reduce costs by enabling customers to leverage investments in legacy voice and data networking equipment while they migrate to next-generation IP transport networks and services.

The rollout includes an Integrated Multiservice Gateway (IMSG) solution that integrates standards-based session border control (SBC) signaling and media gateway functions with sophisticated, high performance routing and comprehensive security features that include intrusion prevention software, IPsec and firewall services.

Juniper said that by integrating these features to run on the Multiservices cards for the M and MX Series, its customers will be able to avoid the costs and complexity associated with deploying multiple service-specific appliances to perform each of these functions. Furthermore, integrating these functions within the routing infrastructure also provides greater scalability than discrete appliances -- and because the Multiservices cards provide dedicated processing resources, customers will be able to add these services without impacting the performance of other services running on the router.

Juniper estimates that by eliminating or reducing the need to deploy standalone appliances such as Session Border Controllers, the IMSG solution can reduce power consumption by 30 percent or more.

Juniper is also delivering hardware and software features for the CTP Series (for Circuit-to-Packet), BX Series Multi-Access Gateways, and M Series Multiservice Edge Routers that can ease the transition to next-generation IP infrastructure, while making maximum use of prior product investments. The BX Series and Circuit Emulation Physical Interface Cards (PICs) for the M Series provide reliable transport of TDM and voice traffic over an IP/MPLS network. New Voice Modules and software updates for the CTP Series provide analog voice, voice compression and echo cancellation support, which enable customers to reliably transport analog voice, serial data, and TDM based services over an IP/MPLS network.

Juniper is also introducing Telchemy embedded Performance Monitor (TePM), a comprehensive router-integrated IP performance management application that facilitates service-level monitoring and troubleshooting for a broad collection of IP services. By providing active network, session and application layer monitoring for a wide variety of IP voice and data services from within the routing infrastructure, TePM improves efficiency and eliminates the costs associated with deploying standalone monitoring or measurement appliances; this integration also brings the added benefits of increased scale, performance, and reliability.

TePM was developed by Telchemy, a Juniper Open IP Solution Development Program (OSDP) member and the leading provider of IP, VoIP and IP Video performance management solutions.