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Juniper, IBM support fibre optic project in U.S.

Veronica C. Silva | Oct. 11, 2011
Juniper routers picked by IBM to build network infrastructure for FiberLight

Juniper Networks and IBM recently collaborated on a project to build the network infrastructure for U.S.-based FiberLight, LLC, a provider of mission-critical fibre optic network services for enterprises, government agencies and wholesale carriers in 23 U.S. metropolitan areas.

The collaboration was a product of the global alliance between IBM and Juniper Networks. IBM picked Juniper Network's MX Series 3D Universal Edge Routers when it designed for FiberLight a "complete, open, pre-architected, pre-integrated and pre-tested infrastructure".

The joint implementation created for FiberLight a next-generation IP platform that allows the company to offer its customers resilient and flexible network services. It also helps open up new revenue streams as customers try to keep up with the challenges ahead, including a secure high-speed Internet connectivity on a single network.

"In order to meet the stringent performance requirements of our customers, including leading telecom carriers, enterprises, content providers and government organisations, we have to maintain a network with very low latency but also high scalability," said Judd Carothers, executive vice president for operations, FiberLight. "With the combination of Juniper's MX Series routers and IBM's implementation skills, we have built an advanced high-capacity network that meets our current and future scalability requirements, while also delivering the flexibility that enables us to rapidly introduce new services."

Advanced capabilities

FiberLight said it is interested in adding services and capabilities in the future, and Juniper's solutions make it possible for them to offer Layer 3 capabilities. Currently, FiberLight is focused on offering Internet and IP-based services based on Layer 2/3 virtual private networks (VPNs) for enterprise customers.

The Juniper MX Series is ideal for Ethernet and IP services. It includes a portfolio of high-performance Ethernet routers that features powerful switching and security. It also provides the 3D scale, maximum performance, availability and service agility that carriers need.

"With our MX Series routers, FiberLight gains the scale and performance it needs to offer its customers the best service possible, both now and as the company continues to grow and expand," said Mike Marcellin, vice president of system strategy and marketing for the Platform Systems Division, Juniper Networks.

Marcellin added that the Juniper-IBM partnership allows companies such as FiberLight to have an edge over competitors in introducing new services needed in a fast-moving industry.


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