Sally Bament, VP, Cloud and Service Provider Marketing, Juniper Networks

Silicon Built for the Future: Juniper Optimizes Silicon for Edge and Core Network Deployments

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Side-by-side photographs of host Sally Bament, VP, Cloud and Service Provider Marketing, Juniper Networks and guest Brendan Gibbs, VP, Automated WAN Solutions, Juniper Networks.

The future of silicon is purpose-built

With the constant emergence of new services and unrelenting growth in traffic, demand, and user expectations, how can service providers ensure that the decisions they make today will carry them for the next decade — or longer? Juniper’s Sally Bament and Brendan Gibbs share some solutions.

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You’ll learn

  • How Juniper’s strategy is focused on purpose-built silicon optimized for the diverse and demanding challenges of different points in the network  

  • Why purpose-built silicon for edge and core network deployment is needed now more than ever before 

  • The groundbreaking new capabilities of the new silicon innovations along with a series of new products just introduced into the market 

Who is this for?

Network Professionals Business Leaders


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Sally Bament
VP, Cloud and Service Provider Marketing, Juniper Networks

Guest speakers

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Brendan Gibbs
VP, Automated WAN Solutions, Juniper Networks


00:00 [Music]

00:08 hello everyone thank you for joining

00:09 today and my name is sally bayman i am

00:11 vice president of marketing at juniper

00:13 networks and today we're going to talk

00:15 about our latest uh generation of custom

00:19 silicon innovations designed for the

00:21 world's next generation networks we're

00:24 going to discuss juniper strategy

00:26 focused on purpose-built silicon

00:29 optimized for the very diverse and

00:31 demanding challenges of different points

00:34 in the network

00:35 and why that's needed now more than ever

00:37 before and we're also going to share

00:39 some of the groundbreaking capabilities

00:41 of the new silicon innovations along

00:43 with a series of new products that we're

00:46 introducing the markets starting today

00:48 and joining me today to discuss this

00:50 exciting topic is brendan gibbs the

00:52 leader of our automated one solutions

00:55 business brendan always a pleasure and

00:57 thank you for joining

00:59 hey sally thanks for having me i'm

01:00 thrilled to be here

01:02 fantastic and um and brandon i will set

01:04 a little bit of context for this

01:06 discussion because it's quite exciting

01:08 we know that networks have become a

01:10 vital business enabler

01:12 particularly in this highly connected

01:14 global economy you know pretty much any

01:17 relevant business process today is

01:19 enabled by network technology in some

01:21 way and it's also where service provider

01:23 revenues are minted and as such we in

01:26 particular place pace a place that pay

01:29 very close attention to any factors

01:32 driving the evolution of the networks

01:35 and one thing we can say particularly

01:36 for service provider networks is change

01:38 is constant

01:40 we see the emergence of new services we

01:42 talk about ar vr iot

01:46 smart cities and of course 5g

01:48 deployments enabling new services some

01:50 of which we don't even know about yet

01:52 and of course the pandemic also

01:54 highlighted continued change

01:56 and the need to plan for not just the

01:58 known but also the unknown

02:01 we also see continued exponential growth

02:03 in traffic from digitalization from

02:06 cloudification

02:08 work from home video growth you name it

02:10 and that's driving increased speeds

02:13 increased throughput and bandwidth

02:15 demands across the entire network

02:17 and then thirdly increased expectations

02:20 from network subscribers

02:22 both in terms of a secure experience as

02:25 well as a delightful service experience

02:28 and we know you know service providers

02:29 are making decisions today that have to

02:32 carry them for the next five ten plus

02:35 years so they have to place their bets

02:37 and the choices they're making now have

02:39 to support whatever's coming their way

02:41 in the future

02:43 so with that as the backdrop let's kind

02:45 of discuss how these trends are driving

02:48 the evolution of both service provider

02:51 and hyper scale and network

02:52 architectures

02:54 and let me start brendan by posing you

02:56 know this is a perfect storm

02:58 you know continued exponential growth of

03:00 traffic new services security concerns

03:03 etc

03:04 how is that shaping the evolution of

03:06 network architectures and in particular

03:08 the core of the network and the provider

03:10 multi-service edge

03:12 thanks ali you know i really think those

03:14 are vastly dissimilar requirements and

03:16 one of the strategies that juniper has

03:18 employed to target those is really to

03:21 have the right tool for the job

03:23 because i i think what you'll see when

03:24 you look at the core

03:26 is that you have just a massive amount

03:28 of bandwidth everything it's aggregated

03:30 and transported through the core and so

03:33 sheer bandwidth is going to be paramount

03:35 but also

03:36 bandwidth per power so it is essentially

03:39 the the most efficient ratio of power

03:41 utilization for the capacity offered

03:43 that's a critical component the

03:44 customers really care about and then you

03:47 care about other things like being

03:48 secure

03:49 having accurate telemetry counters etc

03:52 but fundamentally core is marked

03:55 primarily by

03:57 raw bandwidth with the ability to kind

03:58 of have things at right like maxsec

04:01 security at right encounters at rate

04:03 and security filters at rate etc

04:06 in contrast the edge is incredibly

04:09 dynamic um as you said there's

04:12 really a huge growth in not only

04:14 bandwidth but also subscribers uh i mean

04:17 let's be honest i'm working from home

04:19 right now it's expected that the work

04:21 from home scenario is going to persist

04:23 even when the pandemic is over let's

04:25 hope that the pandemic is over pretty

04:27 darn soon

04:28 there may be as much as a third of all

04:30 workers that remain working from home on

04:33 a permanent basis

04:34 so what this means is network traffic

04:36 patterns and architectures are shifted

04:38 almost permanently they were abrupt at

04:40 the beginning of the pandemic and

04:42 they're they're a permanent shift now

04:44 this means increased growth of broadband

04:47 remote access essentially a consumer

04:49 broadband internet high-speed uh

04:52 services with bng

04:53 uh continued broadband uh service

04:56 delivery for business services because

04:58 people are now gonna need to access

05:00 their enterprise public cloud enterprise

05:02 you know private workloads over vpn

05:05 constructs but from their home

05:07 so you now see a model where you need

05:09 massive bandwidth to the home tons of

05:11 simultaneous subscribers and convergence

05:14 of services you'll have essentially on

05:16 one edge box

05:17 b g for consumer broadband

05:19 business vpn for enterprise connectivity

05:22 and mobile backhaul because people want

05:24 the same experience over a 5g mobility

05:28 construct as they also have at their

05:30 home over wireline broadband

05:32 so

05:33 the edge is really then marked by a

05:35 significant

05:37 multi-service aggregation point and

05:39 where the core is all about bandwidth

05:41 and a few services at that bandwidth

05:43 rate

05:44 the edge is marked by a massive growth

05:47 of simultaneous logical scale

05:50 for essentially a service construct for

05:52 multiple simultaneous services uh such

05:55 as business and residential and mobile

05:57 at the same time

05:59 and then service uh

06:01 additions basically tacked onto that

06:03 such as for each logical service

06:05 construct you need to have massive scale

06:07 for qos encounters and security and

06:10 tunnels etc so vastly dissimilar

06:13 requirements and that actually leads all

06:15 the way down into the data plane into

06:17 the silicon engineering for what you

06:19 might require for each

06:21 where you might need tons of memory with

06:23 reasonably high bandwidth for the edge

06:26 you might need less much less memory for

06:28 the core

06:29 but

06:30 really the cutting edge innovation on

06:32 how much raw capacity you can drive

06:34 through the chips so and it's

06:36 essentially like uh you know

06:38 proverbially pushing in on a balloon

06:39 you're pushing on a balloon in one area

06:41 and it pushes out the duck another area

06:43 you can't keep growing logical

06:44 subscriber count and memory databases at

06:47 the same time they're growing raw

06:48 bandwidth so you have to have a

06:50 trade-off you need to make compromises

06:52 and so that's why the network

06:54 architecture demands dissimilar

06:56 treatment and that's why juniper has

06:58 offered multiple different silicon

06:59 offerings to

07:00 know essentially reacts to those

07:02 dissimilar requirements

07:05 makes total sense and i'm glad you

07:07 brought up the you know silicon uh

07:09 designs because you know to be honest

07:12 with you brandon we've seen quite a few

07:14 network silicon announcements recently

07:16 and you know if you were to believe

07:18 those announcements you would assume

07:21 that a single

07:22 silicon design is enough to meet these

07:25 you know uniquely diverging and and uh

07:28 challenging requirements of the core and

07:30 edge

07:31 you've got cisco with silicon one and

07:33 you've got nokia with fp5

07:35 you know if i was to ask you what's your

07:37 reaction and if you can touch upon

07:39 obviously

07:41 you know the specifics with juniper as

07:42 well but what's your reaction to these

07:44 announcements

07:45 well i'm reminded of a quote that's

07:47 attributed to henry ford which is uh he

07:50 said back in the day you can have any

07:51 color you want as long as it's black

07:54 and that's kind of how i feel some of

07:56 the competitive offerings are which is

07:58 that they purport to address all the

08:00 customer requirements

08:02 but only if it's black only if it fits

08:04 into what they've already offered and it

08:06 becomes a one-size-fits-all type of

08:08 approach or uh you know

08:10 jack-of-all-trades so to speak but we

08:12 believe that fundamentally leads to

08:14 being master of none it fundamentally

08:16 means that you try to have uh that one

08:18 size fits all approach which means that

08:20 you're not able to address more of the

08:22 corner cases uh because you're you're

08:24 trying to speak to the to the mass

08:26 audience and nobody gets served properly

08:30 so what

08:31 sorry what are we going to do yeah no go

08:33 ahead i keep going

08:34 well what we were going to uh what i was

08:36 going to say is essentially what would

08:38 juniper believes again as i said before

08:41 is to have a fundamentally optimized

08:43 solution and so we have taken the tack

08:46 uh which honestly is a little bit more

08:48 expensive for for us a little bit more

08:50 effort for us but we think it's better

08:52 serving our customers is to have a

08:55 optimized solution for the edge which is

08:57 what we've delivered with our brand new

08:59 trio six chip the sixth generation of

09:02 our wildly successful trio edge

09:05 optimized silicon

09:06 and we've elected to uh target core and

09:09 peering roles with our express five chip

09:12 uh the fifth generation of the express

09:14 line uh really is part of our ptx

09:16 running portfolio

09:18 they they have different characteristics

09:21 even though they're on the same 70

09:22 nanometer process geometry have widely

09:25 dissimilar scaling and performance

09:28 parameters which is really what you want

09:30 for these type of roles i don't see that

09:32 being done as much from some of our

09:34 competitors and we'll see in the market

09:37 but um i very firmly believe that

09:40 customers are resonating with having an

09:42 optimized solution for their mission

09:44 specific needs yeah i love it and that's

09:47 obviously a powerful combination to

09:50 address the you know diverse

09:51 requirements we just talked about

09:53 express five and and obviously the

09:55 express series is part of our ptx uh

09:58 core routing portfolio and then uh trio

10:01 which as you said sixth generation for

10:03 our mx series products you know brendan

10:06 of course the rubber really hits the

10:07 road when vendors actually start

10:10 shipping products

10:11 instantiated with this custom silicon so

10:15 from a product perspective

10:17 when can our customers expect to see

10:20 products based on either you know

10:22 express 5 or the new 306 silicon

10:27 so for express 5 right now it's a

10:29 silicon only announcement

10:31 products that will ship with express5

10:34 integrated with them will be in a future

10:35 date and the reason we opted to announce

10:38 the silicon today is because our

10:40 customers have such high growth of

10:42 bandwidth requirement they really wanted

10:44 to have that comfort factor that they

10:46 would make a bet on a platform and there

10:48 would be a long-term trajectory for it

10:50 not all of our competitors are as good

10:52 at being

10:53 out with rapid silicon or about

10:55 investment protection as juniper is

10:58 we're leading today with our ptx 10k in

11:02 the 400 gig generation for core routing

11:04 deployments the express 5 is really

11:07 architected for leading in the 800 gig

11:09 inflection point with 100 gigs 30s 112

11:12 technically but it's 100 gig service

11:14 type generation and so we have a silicon

11:16 only announcement really to tell our

11:18 customers we got you

11:20 we have perfect solutions with

11:22 leadership deployments today already for

11:24 400 gig you'll have that comfort that

11:27 you're protected for the future

11:29 now in contrast 306 is here now it's

11:32 already available um it's it's available

11:34 now on a brand new line card for the mx

11:37 10000 platform which gives us the

11:39 ability to scale from one gig all the

11:41 way up to 400 gig with full investment

11:44 protection and parity for years worth of

11:47 mx classic features

11:50 we've also got a couple platforms that

11:51 will be available uh later this year

11:53 maybe around the middle of the year

11:55 which are first of all an mx 1004

11:58 platform

11:59 that will be essentially a four slot

12:02 chassis variant that supports all the

12:03 same line cards including the brand new

12:06 306 baseline card just in a smaller form

12:08 factor with sports slots

12:10 and we've also got an mx304 platform and

12:13 that platform is really intended to be a

12:15 small form factor system

12:17 very cute but very high performance

12:20 again with all of the investment

12:21 protection for the trio feature set in a

12:24 very space optimized price optimized and

12:27 especially power optimized package

12:30 with 70

12:31 power savings over the prior generation

12:33 of trio chip

12:35 that's a lot actually a lot of products

12:37 hitting the market very exciting brendan

12:39 listen you know i just want to thank you

12:42 as always for sharing your vision and

12:43 also the details behind some of these

12:46 new product capabilities if i were to

12:48 you know quickly recap obviously we

12:50 believe in these

12:51 uniquely diverse challenges uh we've

12:54 built specialized silicon from the

12:56 ground up to support that and at juniper

12:59 just as we've done with the past two

13:00 decades we're delivering groundbreaking

13:03 products that instantiate these new

13:05 custom silicon innovations today

13:08 and um this announcement i think really

13:10 propels our leadership in the core and

13:12 the multi-service edge and as you said

13:15 with the right tool for the job very

13:17 much in contrast to other vendors

13:20 with their compromised single silicon

13:23 designs so it's what we know obviously

13:25 and what we know at juniper so listen

13:27 for all those listening in i want uh

13:30 first of all thank everyone please visit

13:33 if you go to our service

13:35 provider or cloud operator solutions

13:37 pages you'll find a lot more information

13:40 about what we talked about today and i

13:42 specifically want to thank you brendan

13:44 thanks again this has been fantastic i

13:46 appreciate your time thank you sally

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