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NFX150 Network Services Platform Overview

 

The Juniper Networks NFX150 Network Services Platform is a secure, automated, software-driven customer premises equipment (CPE) platform that delivers virtualized network and security services on demand. Leveraging Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and built on the Juniper Cloud CPE solution, NFX150 enables service providers to deploy and chain multiple, secure, high-performance virtualized network functions (VNFs) on a single device.

The NFX150 is suited for small to medium-sized enterprises. With key security features and NFV, the NFX150 can be used in secure SD-WAN and secure router deployments.

This topic covers:

NFX150 Hardware

The NFX150 portfolio consists of a compact desktop model and a rack-mount model. Both the models are available with or without LTE support.

The NFX150 device has four 1-GbE RJ-45 ports which can be used as either access ports or as uplinks, two SFP ports, two SFP+ ports, and one management port. The NFX150 device has a 1 U form factor and comes with built-in fans and power supply.

The NFX150 device can be used as:

  • An integrated branch router and switch, extensible with VNFs.

  • A CPE for service providers.

  • A secure router for distributed enterprises.

System Software

The NFX150 architecture integrates routing, switching, and security functions on a single platform that optimizes the usage of system resources. The architecture enables unified management of all the components through a single CLI. Key components in the NFX150 software include the Junos Control Plane (JCP), Juniper Device Manager (JDM), Layer 2 dataplane, Layer 3 dataplane, and Virtual Network Functions (VNFs). The JCP is the Junos virtual machine (VM) running on the host OS, Wind River Linux. The JCP functions as the single point of management for all the components. The JCP CLI is displayed when you log in to the NFX150 device.

Junos OS Releases Supported on NFX Series Hardware

The following table provides details of Junos OS software releases supported on the NFX Series platforms:

Table 1: Supported Junos OS Releases on NFX Series Devices

NFX Series Platform

Supported Junos OS Release

Software Package

Software Downloads Page

NFX150

18.1R1 or later

nfx-3

(jinstall-host-nfx-3-x86-64-<release-number>- secure-signed.tgz)

NFX150 Software Download Page

NFX250

15.1X53-D45, and 15.1X53-D47

nfx-2

(jinstall-host-nfx-2-flex-x86-64-<release-number >-secure-signed.tgz)

NFX250 Software Download Page

17.2R1 or later

18.4 R1

nfx-3

(jinstall-host-nfx-3-flex-x86-64-<release-number>-secure-signed.tgz)

install-media-host-usb-nfx-3-x86-64-<release-number>-secure.img

NFX250 Software Download Page

NFX150 Device Models

The NFX150 device is available in five compact models and two rack mount models, with or without LTE support. All models are shipped with built-in AC power supply and have airflow-out (front-to-back) cooling.

The NFX150 is available in seven models. Table 2 lists the NFX150-C models and Table 3 lists the NFX150-S1 models.

Table 2: NFX150-C (Compact Models)

 

NFX150-C-S1

NFX150-C-S1-AE

NFX150-C-S1-AA

NFX150-C-S1E-AE

 NFX150-C-S1E-AA

CPU

2.2-GHz 4-core Intel CPU

2.2-GHz 4-core Intel CPU

2.2-GHz 4-core Intel CPU

2.2-GHz 4-core Intel CPU

2.2-GHz 4-core Intel CPU

RAM

8 GB

8 GB

8 GB

16 GB

16 GB

Storage

100 GB SSD

100 GB SSD

100 GB SSD

100 GB SSD

100 GB SSD

Form Factor

Desktop

Desktop

Desktop

Desktop

Desktop

Ports

Four 10/100/ 1000BASE-T RJ-45 ports which can be used as either access ports or uplinks

Four 10/100/ 1000BASE-T RJ-45 ports which can be used as either access ports or uplinks

Four 10/100/ 1000BASE-T RJ-45 ports which can be used as either access ports or uplinks

Four 10/100/ 1000BASE-T RJ-45 ports which can be used as either access ports or uplinks

Four 10/100/ 1000BASE-T RJ-45 ports which can be used as either access ports or uplinks

Two 1-Gigabit Ethernet /10-Gigabit Ethernet SFP+ ports

Two 1-Gigabit Ethernet /10-Gigabit Ethernet SFP+ ports

Two 1-Gigabit Ethernet /10-Gigabit Ethernet SFP+ ports

Two 1-Gigabit Ethernet /10-Gigabit Ethernet SFP+ ports

Two 1-Gigabit Ethernet /10-Gigabit Ethernet SFP+ ports

One 10/100/ 1000BASE-T RJ-45 management port

One 10/100/ 1000BASE-T RJ-45 management port

One 10/100/ 1000BASE-T RJ-45 management port

One 10/100/ 1000BASE-T RJ-45 management port

One 10/100/ 1000BASE-T RJ-45 management port

Console ports (RJ-45 and mini-USB)

Console ports (RJ-45 and mini-USB)

Console ports (RJ-45 and mini-USB)

Console ports (RJ-45 and mini-USB)

Console ports (RJ-45 and mini-USB)

One USB 3.0 port

One USB 3.0 port

One USB 3.0 port

One USB 3.0 port

One USB 3.0 port

Expansion module support

No

No

No

No

No

LTE support

No

Yes (integrated LTE modem for Europe and North America)

Yes (integrated LTE modem for Asia, Australia, and New Zealand)

Yes (integrated LTE modem for Europe and North America)

Yes (integrated LTE modem for Asia, Australia, and New Zealand)

Table 3: NFX150-S1 Models

 

NFX150-S1

NFX150-S1E

CPU

2.2 GHz 8-core Intel CPU

2.2 GHz 8-core Intel CPU

RAM

16 GB

32 GB

Storage

200 GB SSD

200 GB SSD

Form Factor

1 RU

1 RU

Ports

Four 10/100/ 1000BASE-T RJ-45 ports which can be used as either access ports or uplinks

Four 10/100/ 1000BASE-T RJ-45 ports which can be used as either access ports or uplinks

Two 1-Gigabit Ethernet/10-Gigabit Ethernet SFP+ ports

Two 1-Gigabit Ethernet/10-Gigabit Ethernet SFP+ ports

One 10/100/ 1000BASE-T RJ-45 management port

One 10/100/ 1000BASE-T RJ-45 management port

Console ports (RJ-45 and mini-USB)

Console ports (RJ-45 and mini-USB)

One USB 3.0 port

One USB 3.0 port

LTE support

Yes (LTE expansion module)

Yes (LTE expansion module)

Expansion module support

Yes

Yes

Supported expansion modules

Note: You can install only one expansion module on the NFX150-S1 devices. The expansion module must be installed in the first slot, which is next to the chassis LEDs.

  • NFX-EM-6T2SFP— Expansion module with six 1-Gigabit Ethernet RJ-45 ports and two 1-Gigabit Ethernet SFP ports

  • NFX-LTE-AE—Expansion module with an LTE modem supporting the frequency bands in Europe and North America.

  • NFX-LTE-AA—Expansion module with an LTE modem supporting the frequency bands in Asia, Australia, and New Zealand.

  • NFX-EM-6T2SFP— Expansion module with six 1-Gigabit Ethernet RJ-45 ports and two 1-Gigabit Ethernet SFP ports

  • NFX-LTE-AE—Expansion module with an LTE modem supporting the frequency bands in Europe and North America.

  • NFX-LTE-AA—Expansion module with an LTE modem supporting the frequency bands in Asia, Australia, and New Zealand.

Figure 1 shows the NFX150-C-S1, which is the compact model without an LTE support.

Figure 1: NFX150-C-S1
NFX150-C-S1

Figure 2 shows the NFX150-C-S1-AA and NFX150-C-S1-AE devices. NFX150-C-S1-AA is a compact model with integrated LTE modem for Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. NFX150-C-S1-AE is a compact model with integrated LTE modem for Europe and North America.

Figure 2: NFX150-C-S1 with integrated LTE modem
NFX150-C-S1 with
integrated LTE modem

Figure 3 shows the NFX150-S1, which is the rack-mount model.

Figure 3: NFX150-S1
NFX150-S1

Figure 4 shows the NFX150-S1 device with the LTE expansion module (NFX-LTE-AE and NFX-LTE-AA).

Figure 4: NFX150-S1 with the LTE expansion module
NFX150-S1 with the LTE
expansion module

The LTE expansion module supports the following wireless standards:

  • FCC Part 2

  • FCC Part 22

  • FCC Part 24, Part 27 and Part 90

  • RSS 129 and RSS 133, RSS 130, RSS 199, and RSS 139

  • RSS 132 and RSS 133

  • EN 301 511 GSM

  • EN 301 908-1

  • EN 301 908-2

  • The Certification and Engineering Bureau of Industry Canada (IC)

  • Radio Equipment (RE) Directive of the European Union

  • GCF

  • CTIA-PTCRB

Figure 5 shows the NFX150-S1 device with the NFX-EM-6T2SFP expansion module.

Figure 5: NFX150-S1 with the NFX-EM-6T2SFP expansion module
NFX150-S1 with the NFX-EM-6T2SFP
expansion module

Benefits and Uses of NFX150

The NFX150 Network Services Platform provides these benefits:

  • Highly scalable, supporting multiple Juniper and third-party VNFs on a single device. The modular software architecture provides high performance and scalability for routing, switching, and security enhanced by carrier-class reliability.

  • Integrated security, routing, and switching functionality in a single control plane simplifies management and deployment.

  • Supports a variety of flexible deployments. A distributed services deployment model ensures high availability, performance, and compliance. The NFX150 provides an open framework that supports industry standards, protocols, and seamless API integration.

  • In addition to Ethernet connections, Wireless WAN support through the LTE expansion module provides more flexibility in deployments.

  • Supports advanced security features such as IPsec connectivity, applications detection, and filtering for malicious traffic.

  • The Secure Boot feature safeguards device credentials, automatically authenticates system integrity, verifies system configuration, and enhances overall platform security.

  • Automated configuration eliminates complex device setup and delivers a plug-and-play experience.