Saturday, February 13, 2010

Juniper's Project Falcon Optimizes 4G/LTE Edge

Juniper Networks unveiled key elements of its "Project Falcon" initiative to transform the edge of 4G/LTE networks by supporting more bandwidth, more services and more subscribers than ever before. Project Falcon leverages the Junos software platform and Juniper's MX 3D Series Universal Edge Routers, which are powered by a new generation of proprietary silicon with more than 1.5 billion transistors.

At Mobile World Congress, Juniper announced three elements of Project Falcon:

  • Juniper Traffic Direct, which relieves bandwidth stress on current 2G/3G networks by offloading bulk data traffic directly to the Internet. This is done combining intelligent subscriber and application policies with MX 3D Series routing. Expected to be available in Q2 2010, Traffic Direct will help providers reduce network congestion, minimize impact on their mobile infrastructure, and lower their total cost of ownership.

  • Juniper Media Flow, a caching solution developed by Ankeena Networks that optimizes mobile and fixed networks for fast, efficient video and rich media delivery. Media Flow software enables smooth adaptive bit streaming at the service edge of the networks. Expected to be available in Q2 2010, Media Flow will include a Juniper VXA Series content delivery engine and Ankeena software to provide video and content delivery up to 10Gbps per engine.

  • Juniper Mobile Core Evolution
  • , an open and secure mobile packet core based on MX 3D Series routers and Junos software. Juniper said its packet core implementation will offer uncompromised scaling across bandwidth, subscribers and services, while enabling new capabilities via a Junos SDK. Juniper also promises strong built-in security features to protect subscribers from the vulnerabilities present in wireline IP networks. Juniper expects to begin trialing this solution for selected customer in Q4 2010.

    "Mobile operators face a difficult challenge as they try to improve the mobile experience and deliver new services, while simultaneously reducing service delivery costs," said Stefan Dyckerhoff, executive VP and general manager of Juniper's Infrastructure Products Group. "With today's news, Juniper is fueling the mobile broadband evolution with groundbreaking technology and an open ecosystem that paves the way for cost-effective migration to 4G technologies. No one else can offer immediate TCO relief for mobile operators, while delivering unmatched 3D scale, built-in security, and open platforms to monetize new services."
    • In October 2009, Juniper Networks unveiled its "Junos One" family of processors that will be embedded into routing, switching and security products. The first product in the set is the "Junos Trio" chipset that features 3D Scaling technology that enables networks to scale dynamically for more bandwidth, subscribers and services while using half as much power per gigabit. Built in 65-nanometer technology, Junos Trio includes four chips with a total of 1.5 billion transistors and 320 simultaneous processes, yielding total router throughput up to 2.6 terabits per second and up to 2.3 million subscribers per rack. Junos Trio also incorporates significant power efficiency features to enable more environmentally conscious data center and service provider networks.

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