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White Paper

JuNos Node uNIfIer


Centralized Management, Provisioning, and single Touch deployment of services Across several Thousand 1Gbe/10Gbe Ports

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Table of Contents
executive summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 JNu solution details . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Key Components of the JNu solution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 unified Control and Management Planes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 flexible deployment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Intelligent Network elements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Why Choose JNu over the Competition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 use Cases. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 service Provider edgefiber to the Home . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Mobile Backhaul solution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Conclusion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 About Juniper Networks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7

List of Figures
figure 1: Junos Node unifier key components . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 figure 2: JNu solution key features and topologies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 figure 3: service provider edge fTTH use case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 figure 4: Mobile backhaul solution use case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7

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Executive Summary
service provider networks are constantly growing and evolving in order to provide a rich end user experience. ethernetbased services are increasing linearly as users expect to enjoy high bandwidths and constant access to video, voice, and broadband applications. In order to meet the needs of end customers, service providers have complex networks consisting of several thousands of 1Gbe/10Gbe ports distributed across several sites that need to be provisioned, configured, and managed separately. And, supporting thousands of 1Gbe/10Gbe ports in the access and aggregation layer often means understanding and maintaining complex platforms independently, which results in a tremendous increase in operating cost and time to deploy new services. Juniper Networks understands the challenges faced by todays service providers and has devised a flexible model called the Junos Node unifier (JNu) that allows centralized management, provisioning, and single touch deployment of services across several thousand 1Gbe/10Gbe ports. This document describes the Junos Node unifier solution and highlights key benefits to service providers.

Introduction
Most factors contributing to the complexity of service provider networks revolve around the need to provision and manage separate physical platforms. In fact, the majority of the service providers opex cost results from the necessity to have the technical support infrastructure required to maintain and deploy services in a distributed network. Case studies show that eliminating the need to manage individual devices separately can reduce the service providers opex by 70%. The Junos Node unifier (JNu) solution is Junipers vision to simplify todays networks. JNu consists of a hub and satellite devices, where the satellites can be configured, provisioned, and managed from the hub device, giving a single unified node experience to network operators. The JNu solution allows service providers to: Provision, configure, and perform operations on different physical devices from a single point, thereby shielding the network operators from the physical device differences use a single touchpoint to create services, thereby reducing the service deployment times and the time to revenue Grow the network as needed by plugging in more satellite devices to the controlling Juniper Networks MX series 3d universal edge routers, as well as providing flexible deployment options reduce opex by simplifying the network to have only one management plane, thereby eliminating the need to create a constraint-based network Along with simplifying the network JNu gives service providers investment protection by providing an option to convert existing standalone Juniper devices to operate in JNu mode.

JNU Solution Details


Juniper Node unifier (JNu) is a cluster of distinct network elements that can be managed as a single entity, thereby eliminating the need to manage, provision, and configure network elements separately. JNu consists of hub and satellite components, where several satellites can be configured, managed, and provisioned from a single hub device.

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Key Components of the JNU Solution


The JNu solution consists of hub and satellite devices as shown in figure 1 below.

Controller 1

Controller 2

MC-LAG

MX Series Satellite 1 Satellite 2

MX Series Satellite 1 Satellite 2

Satellite N QFX3500, EX4200 . . . JNU 1

Satellite N QFX3500, EX4200 . . . JNU 2

Figure 1: Junos Node Unifier key components Hub platform: MX series platforms with the Juniper Trio chipset, which is known for density, scale, and rich feature sets satellite platform: Juniper Networks QfX3500 switch, the optimum platform for 10Gbe fiber deployments Juniper Networks eX4200 ethernet switch, the optimum platform for 1Gbe copper or fiber deployments with a rich feature set that includes Virtual Chassis support Juniper Networks eX3300 ethernet switch, the optimum platform for 1Gbe copper deployments Juniper Networks ACX series universal Access routers following are the key features of the JNu solution:

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Single Management Plane JNU

MX Series

MX Series

V Topology

Ring Topology

Virtual Chassis

Virtual Chassis

Satelliites

Satelliites

Servers dual attached to vertically integrated network stacks

I topology: Example: port extender, simple L2/L3 cross connect mode CP1: VLAN tagging

V topology: Distributed L2/L3 mode CP2: vNode, VLAN tagging

O topology: (Ring) CP3: MPLS

Figure 2: JNU solution key features and topologies

Unified Control and Management Planes


The hub provides a single management plane, thereby providing a single touchpoint to provision, configure, and maintain N x 1000 ports across a distributed network. JNu is designed to work with different control plane options such as MPLs and VLAN tagging. JNu helps deliver a consistent user experience between deployment modes by hiding the platform differences from operators.

Flexible Deployment
existing Juniper devices can be either used as standalone devices or can be grouped to operate in JNu mode. Any port on the controlling MX series can be operated in JNu mode. for example, Juniper Networks MX960 3d universal edge router has 196 ports which can be connected to satellite devices to increase the density of the network as required to provide up to 196 x N satellite ports. The JNu solution allows cabling flexibility by providing the option to use copper cable for satellites located at a shorter distance and high-speed fiber cable for spanning larger distances.

Intelligent Network Elements


JNu enables the deployment of rich services on the satellite devices by maintaining their full individual device feature set while in the cluster mode, including L2 switching on satellite for server port aggregation, and L3/MPLs routing on satellites for business access and mobile backhaul.

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Why Choose JNU


JNu provides considerable benefits when compared to other options. Here are the key differentiators for the Junos Node unifier: Juniper standalone MX series routers, eX series switches, QfX3500 switches, and ACX series satellites can be converted into JNu elements to provide investment protection. JNu supports local switching and east-west traffic between the satellites without forwarding the traffic to hub providing more efficient traffic flow and better performance. JNu can support 1Gbe/10Gbe fiber/copper interface connect options offering a greater range of deployment options. A wide range of satellite topology options are available with JNu and it can also run as a standalone device.

Use Cases
following are two use cases that describe the way JNu works in more detail.

Service Provider EdgeFiber to the Home

Controller: MX w/MPC-3D EX Series: L2, L3 capable satellites

MX80/40/10/5 services rich satellites


Figure 3: Service provider edge FTTH use case A typical service provider edge fiber to the home (fTTH) use case is shown in figure 3. In a network without the JNu solution, each network element has to be provisioned, configured, managed, and debugged separately. This proves to be a huge operational expense and nightmare for service providers. With the JNu solution, a single management and control plane is created on the MX series controller device. Many services can be managed and provisioned from a single touchpoint on this controller, thus reducing the time to deploy new services significantly. Moreover, the devices acting in satellite mode retain their rich layer 2/layer 3 features, class of service (Cos), filtering, and also MPLs on the edge. Moreover, the solution uses standard protocol and allows packet replication and group membership, all of which are highly desirable for video streaming applications. With the JNu solution, the nuances of the satellite devices are hidden from the operator. A standard provisioning stanza is shared across the controller and the satellite devices, which allows the network to grow seamlessly, with each additional satellite device acting as a plug-and-play device.

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Mobile Backhaul Solution


MX Series Virtual Chassis ACX Series

Figure 4: Mobile backhaul solution use case figure 4 depicts a common mobile backhaul use case. With JNu, connecting each port of the MX series with the satellite and enabling the port to run in JNu mode can increase port density. These devices can be configured, managed, and provisioned from the controller. Moreover, the satellites also have a sophisticated feature set, which allows them to perform technologies such as MPLs on the satellites.

Conclusion
Network operators today spend significant time understanding individual device nuances and managing them separately. Through Junipers JNu solution, network operators are able to configure, manage, debug, gather sNMP statistics, and perform functions such as upgrade/downgrade of images on different physical systems from a single controlling hub device. JNu is a solution that allows network operators to efficiently manage the network as one unified node. As the market for ethernet services grows to satisfy consumer demand for more video, voice, and broadband applications, service provider networks are becoming more and more complex. Junos Node unifier is a revolutionary approach to simplifying service provider networks by converting complex architectures into simplified JNu nodes. Junipers JNu solution also provides the ultimate flexibility to grow the network as required. At the same time, it provides a single touchpoint to perform operations on different network elements. JNu is the answer to service providers quest to manage distributed networks efficiently, enjoy significant savings in operational expenditures, and better capitalize on evolving market trends.

About Juniper Networks


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