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PTX Series Packet

Transport Switch

Product Description
Product Overview Service providers today are faced with significant challenges. Bandwidth utilization is
increasing exponentially, while revenue per bit is dropping. This is causing margins to
Service providers need a high density
diminish and increasing the need for technology that will help providers streamline their
platform for their core networks. The
operations and reduce their total cost of operations.
platform needs to support a dense,
• Network Complexity: The service provider core network funnels all traffic and is critical
cost optimized, highly available, and
to avoiding network disruptions. The technology for the core should have a simple
simplified network architecture. Juniper
architecture, be automated, and function with minimal configuration changes. Providers
Networks PTX Series Packet Transport
also need technology that delivers the highest possible redundancy.
Switch addresses service provider
• Static Architecture: Today’s services and traffic patterns are unpredictable. Network
supercore needs while improving total
requirements change frequently with the introduction of new services. Architectures
cost of ownership (TCO), optimizing
need to be flexible and dynamic in order to adapt to these changes in traffic patterns
power use, and significantly reducing
and services.
space utilization.
• Power Challenges: For service provider core networks, power is one of the most
important considerations. The total cost of power over a few years exceeds the cost of
implementing the network infrastructure for some service providers. This means that
efficient power utilization needs to be designed into new systems.
• Facility Challenges: Service providers cannot keep on growing their facilities
exponentially. They need technology that can scale to support traffic growth without
having to expand their facilities. Also, with an increase in facility size, the cost of power
distribution and cooling can become prohibitively high.
In order to address these challenges, service providers need a new kind of core product
that is much denser and more scalable, power efficient, automated, and redundant
compared to currently available products. With Juniper Networks® PTX Series Packet
Transport Switch, Juniper is introducing a product that meets these requirements and can
fit into the service provider network supercore, as illustrated in Figure 1.

PTX Series
PTX Series Packet Transport Switches are a portfolio of high-performance platforms
that are designed for the service provider supercore. These switches deliver powerful
capabilities based on innovative silicon and forwarding architecture focused on MPLS and
Ethernet. PTX Series Packet Transport Switches are designed to deliver several critical
core functionalities, including game changing density and scalability, cost optimization,
high availability, and network simplification.

T4000 T4000

MX Series MX Series
PTX5000 PTX9000

IP services IP services

T4000 T4000

Junos Trio Junos Express Junos Trio

• Subscriber scale • Speed • Subscriber scale
• Services scale • Scale • Services scale
• Bandwidth scale • Cost • Bandwidth scale

Figure 1: Requirements for service provider supercore

The PTX Series Packet Transport Switch is based on Juniper and dynamic label-switched path (LSP) creation and management.
Networks Junos® Express chipset, part of the Junos One family PTX5000 can also function as a packet optical node delivering
of processors. Express uses state-of-the-art 40 nm fabrication functionality for multiple layers in a single Juniper Networks Junos
technology and is built with “no packet drop” assurance. The PTX operating system-based platform. The PTX5000 can be used to
Series product is designed to scale up to 2 Tbps per slot and provides build a Converged Supercore with a higher capacity compared to a
significant cost reduction over traditional core transport solutions. core router, and it includes optical transport capabilities.

The PTX Series provides a unique combination of hardware and PTX9000

software features, allowing service providers to manage their
Juniper Networks PTX9000 is a 36 RU 16 slot system. It supports
supercore networks more efficiently. The platforms are built from
up to 16 FPC with each FPC supporting 2 PICs. The PTX9000
the ground up for speed, scale, and cost optimization. The PTX
can be used as a switch for the supercore delivering statistical
Series adapts to rapidly changing traffic patterns for video, mobility,
multiplexing and dynamic LSP creation and management.
and cloud-based services. It is the first supercore packet switch
PTX9000 can also function as a packet optical node delivering
in the industry that supports a single chassis with 8 and 16 Tbps
functionality for multiple layers in a single Junos OS-based
capacity. The modular power design allows power efficiency on the
platform. The PTX9000 can be used to build a Converged
order of 1 watt per Gbps. This is less than half the requirements of
Supercore with a higher capacity compared to a core router, and it
competitive platforms.
includes optical transport capabilities.
A PTX Series switch working in conjunction with Juniper
Networks T Series Core Routers allows a service provider to Architecture and Key Components
build a core network that is flexible enough to accommodate The phenomenal growth in service provider network traffic makes
dynamically changing traffic patterns for applications, data center fundamental changes in the architecture essential. The architecture
consolidation, mobility for devices, users, and applications, even must deliver needed functionality with fewer nodes, adapt to rapid
an increase in bandwidth intensive applications such as HD video. changes in both traffic pattern and volume, support automation,
and most importantly be simple to ensure operational efficiency
The integration of optical transport further improves the economics
and manageability.
of the core network. The seamless integration of IP/MPLS and
optical control plane facilitates modeling, planning, simulation, Juniper’s vision for the new network architecture is depicted in
provisioning, seamless management, and restoration of multiservice Figure 1. It is comprised of edge, core, and supercore networks.
core networks deploying PTX Series platforms. The edge network is focused on delivering intelligent services and
subscriber management capabilities to business and residential
PTX5000 customers. The core network needs to be capable of routing
Juniper Networks PTX5000 is a 28 RU 8 slot system. It supports up functions for high traffic volumes. The supercore is laser focused
to 8 FPCs, with each FPC supporting 2 PICs. The PTX5000 can be on speed, cost optimization, statistical multiplexing, and dynamic
used as a switch for the supercore delivering statistical multiplexing LSP creation and management.

The architecture of the supercore needs to be highly flexible Routing Engine/Control Board Complex
to accommodate changes in traffic characteristics. This is a The Control Board (CB) along with the RE provides control plane and
critical characteristic for service providers, as they cope with chassis management functionality, and it runs Junos OS. Software
an ever changing environment of new applications, data center processes running on the RE manage the routing tables, while the
consolidation, and cloud services expansion. Modeling has protocols running on the switch control all of the interfaces, manage
indicated that the supercore needs to be packet-based to be most chassis functions, and provide interface for system management and
efficient. Multiplexing and aggregation need to happen at the user access. The system can house two RE/CB complexes, with one
packet level, and integration of the optical and packet layers is acting as the master and the other acting as the standby ready to
needed to optimize the economics of the supercore. MPLS is the takeover in case of failure. The RE/CB is designed to communicate
technology of choice for packet transport. with Juniper Networks JCS1200 Control System using small form-
Software will be the key component for the seamless integration factor pluggable transceiver (SFP+) ports. The RE communicates
of the IP/MPLS and optical control planes, allowing coordinated with the CB via a pair of 10GbE links and a Peripheral Component
provisioning, management, and restoration of the multiservice Interconnect (PCI) bus.
supercore network. MPLS is critical for handling dynamic
bursty traffic and for dynamically aggregating traffic. MPLS has
There are a total of nine SIBs which are all used in active mode by
traditionally been deployed in the network backbone, where it
the PTX Series fabric. In case of a SIB failure, traffic is switched to
provides traffic engineering and allows efficient transport of Layer
the active SIB. The packet flow is restored after switchover, and
2 and Layer 3 traffic. The PTX Series supports a wide range of
eight SIBs are capable of carrying line-rate traffic.
MPLS features and functionality.

The key hardware components of the PTX Series Packet Transport Chassis Management
Switch are the FPC, PIC, Routing Engine (RE), and Switch Interface The PTX Series delivers powerful Junos OS chassis management
Board (SIB). that allows environmental monitoring and field-replaceable unit
(FRU) control. Chassis management delivers a faster master
FPC and PIC switchover, enhanced power budgeting with a modular power
The FPC cards are based on the Express chipset. Each FPC management, reduced power consumption for partly populated
supports up to two PICs, including 10GbE, 40GbE, and 100GbE systems, granular control over FRU power-on, multi-zone cooling
interfaces. The first PICs available are a 24x10GbE PIC and a with better fan speed control for reduced noise, and CPU leveling
2x100GbE PIC. The FPC is designed to house different types of during monitoring intervals.
PICs simultaneously. The FPCs provide packet forwarding on a
single board with a 480 Gbps full duplex aggregate capacity. Simplified Management
The PTX Series simplifies the management function based on the
elegance and simplicity of Junos operating system.

Features and Benefits

The following is a summary of the features that are available on the PTX Series products.

Table 1. PTX Series Features and Benefits

Feature Description Benefit

System capacity •P
 TX5000 scales to 384 10GbE interfaces, 32 100GbE PTX Series scalability, performance, and density allow
interfaces, and 96 40GbE interfaces in a single chassis. service providers to increase capacity without expanding
The architecture is designed to scale up to 2 Tbps per slot. their network and facility footprint.
 TX9000 scales to 768 10GbE interfaces, 192 40GbE
interfaces, and 64 100GbE interfaces in a single chassis.
The architecture is designed to scale up to 2 Tbps per slot.

High availability hardware Fully redundant hardware (cooling, power supply, routing High availability (HA) is critical for the service provider
engines, control board, and SIB). supercore which carries all service provider traffic.

High availability software Resilient operating system that supports HA features such Junos OS supports HA features that allow software
as graceful Routing Engine switchover (GRES), nonstop upgrades and changes without disrupting network traffic.
active routing (NSR) and unified in-service software
upgrade (unified ISSU) for high availability.
PTX Series supports game-changing 50 ms redundancy
switchover under load.

Unparalleled packet Enabled by new silicon innovation, the PTX Series delivers Superior packet processing capabilities help alleviate
processing scale an unparalleled packet processing capability of 720 Mpps the challenge of scaling the network as traffic increases,
per slot—defining the architecture of the service provider while reducing the cost of service delivery with a high-
supercore and the dynamics of service delivery. performance, simplified, and cost optimized architecture.

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PTX Series Packet Transport Switch

Table 2. PTX Series Specifications
PTX5000 PTX9000

Physical dimensions 17.5 x 33.1 x 62.5 in 34.5 x 33.1 x 72 in

(W x H x D) (44.5 x 84.1 x 158.8 cm) (87.6 x 84.1 x 182.9 cm)
Maximum weight 1,000 lbs (453.6 kg) 2,000 lbs (907.18 kg)

Mounting Front or center Front or center

Rack mount Directly mountable
Power system rating 480 A @ 48 VDC 840 A @ 48 VDC
Typical power 11 KW 20 KW
Operating 32° to 104° F 32° to 104° F
temperature (0° to 40° C) (0° to 40° C)

*These numbers are power supply ratings; actual power usage is much lower.

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