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Juniper MX-Series

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Juniper MX Series 3D
Juniper MX-Series routers and switches.gif
ManufacturerJuniper Networks
TypeRouters and Switches
ProcessorInternet processor
Dimensions1–45 rack space units

The Juniper MX-Series is a family of ethernet routers and switches designed and manufactured by Juniper Networks. In 2006, Juniper released the first of the MX-series, the MX960, MX240, and MX480. The second generation routers, called MX "3D", were first released in 2009 and featured a new Trio chipset and IPv6 support. In 2013, the MX routers were improved to increase their bandwidth, and a virtualized MX 3D router, the vMX 3D, was released in 2014. Utilizing the Juniper Extension Toolkit (JET), third party software can be integrated into the routers.


Early releases[edit]

On October 18, 2006, the MX Series was publicly announced.[1] Before its release, Ethernet aggregation was a missing component of Juniper's edge network products, which was causing it to lose market-share to Alcatel.[1] The MX Series was late to market, but it was well received by analysts and customers.[2] It was part of a trend at-the-time to incorporate additional software features in routers and switches.[3]

The first product release of the MX series was the MX960, a 14-slot, 480 Gbit/s switch and router.[1][4][5] In late 2006, Juniper introduced the MX240 and MX480, which are smaller versions of the 960.[6] They had a throughput of 240 Gbit/s and 480 Gbit/s respectively.[7][8]

Further development[edit]

In 2009 a new line of MX "3D" products were introduced, using Juniper's programmable Trio chipset.[9] Trio is a proprietary semiconductor technology with custom network instructions. It provides a cross between network processing units and ASICs.[10] IPv6 features were added[11] and the MX80, a smaller 80Gbit/s router, was introduced the following year.[12]

In 2011 new switch fabric cards increased the capacity of MX 3D routers.[13] In May 2011 Juniper introduced several new products including the MX5, MX10 and MX40 3D routers, which have a throughput of 20, 40 and 60 Gbit/s respectively and can each be upgraded to an MX80.[14] A collection of features called MobileNext was introduced in 2011 at Mobile World Congress, then discontinued in August 2013. According to Network World, it allowed MX 3D products to serve as a mobile "gateway, an authentication and management control plan for 2G/3G and LTE mobile packet cores and as a policy manager for subscriber management systems."[15]

In October 2012, Juniper introduced the MX2020 and 2010 3D Universal Edge Routers, with throughputs of 80 Tbit/s and 40 Tbit/s respectively.[16] Juniper also released a video caching system for the MX family and a suite of software applications that include parental control, firewall and traffic monitoring.[16] New "Virtual Chassis" features allowed network operators to manage multiple boxes as though they were a single router or switch.[12]

Recent developments[edit]

In 2013, Juniper introduced new line cards for the MX series and a new switch fabric module, intended to upgrade the MX series' for higher bandwidth needs and for software defined networking applications.[17] The capacity of the MX240, 480 and 960 were increased by double or more.[18] A new Multiservice Modular Interface Card (MS-MIC) was incorporated that supports up to 9 Gbit/s for services like tunneling software.[18]

In March 2013, Juniper released the EX9200 switch, which isn't part of the MX Series, but uses the same software and Trio chipset.[18] A virtualized MX series 3D router, the vMX 3D, was introduced in November 2014.[19] A suite of updates were announced in late 2015. New MPC line cards were introduced, which have a throughput of up to 1.6 Tbit/s. Simultaneously the Juniper Extension Toolkit (JET) was announced.[20] JET is a programming interface for integrating third-party applications that automate provisioning, maintenance and other tasks.[20][21] The Junos Telemetry Interface was also announced at the same time. It reports data to applications and other equipment to automate changes to the network in response to faults or in order optimize performance.[20][21]

Current products and specifications[edit]

According to Juniper's website, Juniper's current MX Series products include the following:[22]

Router/Switch Capacity (Gbps) Size (rack units)
MX5 20 (upgradeable to 80) 2U
MX10 40 (upgradeable to 80) 2U
MX40 60 (upgradeable to 80) 2U
MX80 80 2U
MX104 80 3.5U
MX150 40 1U
MX204 800 1U
MX240 1,920 5U
MX480 5,120 8U
MX960 9,920 16U
MX2008 40,000 24U
MX2010 40,000 34U
MX2020 80,000 45U
MX10003 2,400 3U
MX10008 19,200 13U
MX10016 38,400 21U
Virtual MX 160[23] N/A


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  19. ^ Duffy, Jim (November 6, 2014). "Juniper virtualizes MX router to help companies more rapidly turn-up services". Network World. Retrieved September 24, 2015.
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  21. ^ a b "Juniper Boosts Router Automation & Performance". Light Reading. January 1, 2010. Retrieved December 8, 2015.
  22. ^ "MX Series 3D Universal Edge Routers – Technical Documentation – Support". Juniper Networks. Retrieved September 24, 2015.
  23. ^ "Juniper's MX Router Goes Virtual". SDxCentral. November 6, 2014. Retrieved October 20, 2015.

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