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Juniper Networks T-series and PTX Series
Juniper Networks added the PTX3000 to its IP arsenal, delivering high switching capacities with reduced power and space consumption. A dual 100G coherent OTN/DWDM line card with integrated optics provides flexible high-density 100G interconnects. (5/1/2013)


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Alcatel-Lucent 7950 XRS
Alcatel-Lucent’s 7950 XRS IP core router gains early success in multiple applications, it’s selected by eight service providers and in trials at multiple others; this platform could change platform rankings and yield price pressure on incumbents. (6/24/2013)

Cisco Carrier Routing System (CRS)
Cisco claims over 10,000 CRS Series units shipped, and with continued innovations such as nLight, 100G IPoDWDM, a back-to-back configuration, and programmable service delivery, the company maintains its leadership in the IP core market. (5/1/2013)

Huawei Quidway Net Engine 5000E (NE5000E)
Huawei's NE5000E boasts 2 Tbps/slot capacity and its new 480 Gbps router line card enables a capacity of 15.4 Tbps per router, based on the company’s Solar 3.0 chips with energy use of just 0.71 W/g per line card. (7/22/2013)

Juniper Networks T-series and PTX Series
Juniper Networks added the PTX3000 to its IP arsenal, delivering high switching capacities with reduced power and space consumption. A dual 100G coherent OTN/DWDM line card with integrated optics provides flexible high-density 100G interconnects. (5/1/2013)

ZTE ZXR10 T8000 Cluster Router
ZTE’s T8000 cluster router leverages in-house designed and developed processors to deliver support for complex IPv6 processing capabilities. The vendor reports deployment in Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. (5/1/2013)

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PRODUCT ASSESSMENT REPORT CONTENTS

Sections
  • Current Analysis Perspective
  • Product Strengths & Weaknesses
  • Product Point and Counterpoint
  • Product Buying Criteria
  • Product Metrics

Core IP Routing Buying Criteria
  • Physical Specifications and Certifications
    • The physical size and form factor of the platform i.e. rack mountable and the product certification the product platform has obtained from independent test houses.
  • Manageability
    • Management features enable the service provider to manage the devices, provide support for provisioning, OAM, OSS/BSS integration, security and other specialized applications that may exist within the vendor or vendor/partnership for the product or product family.
  • Routing and Service Features
    • The system's ability to provide routing and service features which includes the platforms ability to provide Ethernet services, the level of routing support, Qualtiy of Service (QoS), Route scalability, MPLS, Pseudowire support and others.
    Service Assurance
    • Service assurance is the ability of the system to deliver highly available and robust services in the event of hardware or software failures, the ability to provide hitless software upgrades, and ability to recover from link or facility failures, the OAM features, and other recovery features.
    Port Density and Scalability
    • The ability of the system to increase in terms of performance, capacity and interface types as well as port density. Key interfaces for IP core routers tend to be the higher speed POS and multi-Gigabit Ethernet. DWDM interfaces are also important to enable cost effective handoff of traffic between the IP and Optical domains.
    Performance and Architecture
    • Defined in terms of raw throughput usually measured in packets per second and latency as well as the ability to maintain predictable performance levels with additional features like filtering enabled.

Core IP Routing Product Metrics
  • Performance
    • Switching Capacity
    • Throughput Rate
    • Switch Fabric
    • Traffic Management
    • Queuing Mechanism
    • Route Scalability
  • Port Density & Scalability
    • Multi-Chassis Support
  • Interface Support and Density
    • T3/E3 Ports/Chassis
    • 10/100 Mbps Ports/Chassis
    • 1 Gbps Ports/Chassis
    • 10 Gbps Ports/Chassis
    • 10 Gbps DWDM PHY Ports/Chassis
    • 40 Gbps DWDM PHY Ports/chassis
    • 100 Gbps Ethernet or DWDM PHY Ports/chassis
    • POS Ports/Chassis (OC-3/STM-1)
    • POS Ports/Chassis (OC-12/STM-4)
    • POS Ports/Chassis (OC-48/STM-16)
    • POS Ports/Chassis (OC-192/STM-48)
    • POS Ports/Chassis (OC-768/STM-256c)
    • DWDM Ports/Chassis
    • ATM Ports/Chassis
  • Service Assurance
    • Redundancy
    • Redundant Power, Fans, Feeds
    • Redundant Switch Fabric/Forwarding Engines
    • Interface Redundancy 1:1
    • Interface Redundancy, 1:N
    • Redundant Hot Swappable Components
    • 1+1 SONET APS
    • Resilience/Availability
    • Control, Data, and Management Plane Separation
    • Graceful Restart
    • 50 ms Link Failover
    • MPLS Fast Reroute
    • Non-Stop Services
    • Hitless Software Upgrade
  • Routing & Service Features
    • Network Operating System
    • Platforms Supported
    • ATM
    • MPLS
    • IP
    • Multicast
    • Route Scalability
    • CoS/QoS
  • Manageability/Network Management
    • Network Management
    • Provisioning
  • Physical Specifications &Platform Certifications
    • Physical Description/Form Factor
    • Chassis Architecture
    • Slot Configuration
    • Dimensions
    • Power Requirements
    • Power Draw & Thermal Output
    • Weight
    • Rack Units (RU)
    • Chassis/Rack
    • Agency Approvals
    • NEBS Compliance
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