In modern networks, there needs to be speed and capacity at both the core and edge of the network. This week, Juniper Networks announced a big speed boost for its MX 3D Universal Edge routers bringing capacity up to 3.8 Terabits per second via a software upgrade.
The MX 3D platform was first announced in October of 2009. At the time of the initial announcement, Juniper said that its top end MX 3D router could deliver up to 2.6 Terabits per second of bandwidth.
Previously Juniper’s MX series routers were only able to deliver 120 Gbps per slot and now they are able to do 160 Gbps per slot.
The new speed gains come by way of both software as well as a switch fabric upgrades.
“It’s a switch fabric upgrade that allows the packet forwarding engine to realize their capacity at 160 Gbps,” Allen Sardella, product marketing director, Platform Systems Group at Juniper told InternetNews.com. “There is a Junos upgrade that enables the switch fabric upgrade.