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Juniper Taps Cloud Computing and Mobile Internet for Future Growth

The company aligns itself to market realities: Trend towards cloud, mobile computing and 4G technology

Juniper Networks Inc‘s market opportunity is expected to grow more than 60 percent over the next three years. It is planning on getting there via new network equipment launches and entry into cloud and mobile market segments while maintaining its strong hold on its core clientele: telecommunications service providers.

Juniper plans on aligning itself with the growing data center demands from the network point of view rather than from the server side. Smart move considering that it may not want to risk going toe-to-toe with its key partners like IBM and Dell.

Service providers have depended heavily on circuit switching in their core networks. This requires provisioning enough bandwidth and infrastructure to accommodate the highest possible traffic peaks to maintain integrity of the network services. But that rigid circuit switching model breaks down when confronted by unpredictable, burst-prone traffic patterns, with peaks up to 12 times higher than the average. While traditional IP routing has the required flexibility and is the most cost-effective solution to date, Juniper says it does not fully address the economic pressures of the core network.

Juniper Networks is launching a Converged Supercore Switch, a new architecture with scalability of up to 3800 Terabits that combines optical transport with packet switching technology and is designed to increase the speed and reduce the complexity in the service provider network coping with architectural transitions brought about by high volumes of data. Due to merging of the core packet and optical network layers, it will be able to handle unpredictable and heightened network traffic in mobile, video, cloud computing and other data intensive environments. Service providers can improve on delivery by scaling their transport networks in response to varying demands of IP traffic brought about by the current overwhelming adoption of cloud and mobile applications. Juniper says this PTX Series Packet Transport Switch powered by its Junos Express chipset will save users 40 to 65 percent in capital costs when compared with traditional architectures and 35 percent when compared with IP routing offerings.

Last month Juniper also came out with the MobileNext platform that caters to mobile operators dealing with heightened mobile data traffic from smartphones and other mobile devices. The integrated IP and mobile technology provides mobile cores for 2G/3G and LTE (Long-Term Evolution)4G that enable scalability of mobile sessions, help set up rates and forwarding capacity and provides a programmable platform for rapid service innovation. It also supports smooth migration from 3G to LTE networks without user interruption.

The PTX Series is expected to be available for beta trials in the third quarter of 2011.