vMX Overview


The vMX router is a virtual version of the MX Series 3D Universal Edge Router. Like the MX Series router, the vMX router runs the Junos operating system (Junos OS) and supports Junos OS packet handling and forwarding modeled after the Trio chipset. Configuration and management of vMX routers are the same as for physical MX Series routers, allowing you to add the vMX router to a network without having to update your operations support systems (OSS).

You install vMX software components on an industry-standard x86 server running a hypervisor, either the kernel-based virtual machine (KVM) hypervisor or the VMware ESXi hypervisor.

For servers running the KVM hypervisor, you also run the Linux operating system and applicable third-party software. vMX software components come in one software package that you install by running an orchestration script included with the package. The orchestration script uses a configuration file that you customize for your vMX deployment. You can install multiple vMX instances on one server.

For servers running the ESXi hypervisor, you run the applicable third-party software.

Some Junos OS software features require a license to activate the feature. To understand more about vMX Licenses, see, vMX Licenses for KVM and VMware. Please refer to the Licensing Guide for general information about License Management. Please refer to the product Data Sheets   for further details, or contact your Juniper Account Team or Juniper Partner.

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